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Tue, Dec 1, 2015 11:39 PM

Help needed 5268AC Uverse / Pace and parental control services

Hi All,  I just signed up for Uverse and got a 5268AC / Pace 5268AC included.  I have three internet savvy children, each with multiple devices and want to use a service or piece of hardware to be able to set up access times, controls and on/off switches for their individual devices (iPhones, iPads, Laptops etc.) one at a time.  WebCurfew seems like a great service for this. 

 

HOWEVER, from another forum question, it appears that the 5268AC cannot be remotely managed.  These parental control services need remote management access, so as-is, I am dead in the water.

 

1. Is remote access really not an option, or am I just missing it in the menus?

2. Is there some other way around this, such as patch cording a second wifi device that IS remotely manageable into the 5268AC and only giving the kids access to the wifi from THAT device?

3. If 2., then does anyone have a tried and true way to do this that a) doesn't slow down the internet and b) can have an extender downstream from it that can also be parentally controlled?  I already have a Netgear dual 2.4ghz/5ghz extender wirelessly downstream (in the kids part of the house) from the 5268AC and the kids move around, so they need access to both the main wifi point and the extender.

4. Are there alternative devices / services that provide might be simpler than what I'm thinking here?  I need the ability to: white list and black list per device, turn off access per device, set access time rules per device and get reports of sites visited.

 

Before someone says to simply hand back teh router to Uverse and get a new one, the current device runs two Set Top Boxes for TVs, my VOIP phone line, hard wired internet, WiFi (kids don't have this password), Guest Wifi (kids have access), Extender downstream of Guest WiFi.  This is so I can turn off Guest Wifi and shut all kid access off.  But it's clumsy having to do that in the settings.  Thus, I'm looking for a better solution.

 

Thanks for the help

Patrick

JefferMC

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6 y ago

I'm not clear on exactly how WebCurfew works, so I'm not exactly sure what to tell you, but.

 

1) The 5268AC can be controlled remotely only by AT&T

2) It is likely that even if WebCurfew had remote access to the gateway that they'd not be able to setup what they needed to.

3) I would have considered NVG589 and NVG599 ( that they list ) would also fall under #1 and #2 as well, so I'm not sure why they have them listed.

4) so... in order to establish the environment that it needs, I suggest that you acquire one of the routers from their list, install it "behind" the 5268ac, set it up in DMZplus mode in the 5268ac, disable the wireless (or change the SSID/access information so that your kids cannot use it) on the 5268ac and give WebCurfew access to that router.

5) You can then configure your repeaters, etc. to that device and give the kids that information

6) Your IPTV gear can (and should) remain connected to the 5268ac.

 
I would also like to hear from anyone who has implemented this in U-verse land, especially if they've used an NVG589 or NVG599 without their own router.

 

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6 y ago

Thanks JefferMC and mythoughts. Seems like the consensus is to buy another router and connect it via patch cable to the AT&T router in DMZ mode and use the new router to pump out wifi and to connect to the extender. I have a follow up question:

I read on these forums that with another AT&T router (ngv599 maybe?) that adding another router behind the AT&T one required the AT&T one to be in bridge mode, which then caused the VOIP to drop incoming calls. It said only try this if you don't have VOIP or tv. Is that a risk here?

Thanks.
Patrick

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6 y ago

Hi guys. Thanks for all the help. I've spoken with WebCurfew and with your help and suggestions here sounds like adding a router behind the Uverse router is the way to go and just use that as wifi for the kids. So, all I need is a router that meets the wifi spec of the Uverse router, does wifi (doesn't need wired Ethernet etc) and that WebCurfew supports. I've read the specs on the Netgear site and frankly I can't understand what everything is. Can you guys recommend what would be the right router? From this list of WebCurfew supported ones that would meet the Uverse 5268AC wifi specs?

WNDR3400
WNDR3700
WNDR4000
WNDR4300
WNDR4500
R6200
R6250
R6300
R7000
R8000

Thanks
Patrick
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