Family-Friendly Browsing – Manage Your Home Network Efficiently
“Want to open up your Wi-Fi network to easier access for visitors, block the web’s nasty stuff from young eyes, and maybe regain some bandwidth, too? Go ahead and unleash your inner coffee shop owner. With free software and no extra hardware, you can manage content and bandwidth on your home network, or even manage a semi-public “hotspot,” without feeling like a despot.
In the first two sections below, we’ll run down some techniques and settings tweaks that will let anyone with a halfway modern router filter content, restrict or slow down access, and keep bad stuff off your network. That’s helpful for net-connected children, but also for those looking to create a home coworking space, run a public hotspot from your business, or even open your network to certain users in the wider world. You can do that too, creating a semi-public hotspot that we’ll cover in the third section.
Let’s get started. The only extra item you might need is an ethernet cable, and that’s a connection that’s not absolutely necessary, though highly recommended.”