How to Set Up Parental Controls on a TP-Link Router

Introduction

In This Guide
You'll Learn:
  • How to set Parental Controls on your TP-Link Router.
You'll Need:
  • A computer or mobile device to navigate the router's web interface.
  • The administrative login credentials to gain access to the router's web interface.

1 Introduction

Parental Controls are features that may be available on computers, mobile devices, gaming consoles, media players, television sets or networking devices, that help parents reduce the risk of their children encountering unwanted or inappropriate content for their age or maturity level while using any of the above mentioned devices. The types of Parental Controls available can vary depending on device type, manufacturer, model or software being used.

Using Parental Controls is only an extra step in helping parents protect their children. Active, engaged parenting is essential in helping children develop good habits. Working with the children, talking to them and encouraging responsible behaviour is critical.

2 Login

  1. Launch the browser that you use to go online on your computer or mobile device.
    Main Desktop Browsers.
  2. Navigate to tplinkwifi.net within the address bar.
    Address bar highlighted in internet browser.
  3. Log in with the administrator password set on your router. Depending on the router model you may need to enter the administrator user name as well.
    TP-Link router admin login screen.

    This is the device administration login password which is different from the Wi-Fi connection password.

3 Parental Controls UI Selection

Depending on the model of your TP-Link router and the firmware version it runs on, you may configure the Parental Controls settings in two different ways. To take the correct path within our guide, you'll need to do the following once you've logged into your router's web interface:

  1. Select Parental Controls from the menu on the left side.
    Parental Controls option highlighted in menu of TP-Link router web interface.
  2. Check if there is a Status toggle option to the right of the menu.
    Status toggle option highlighted in menu of TP-Link router web interface.

? Is there a Status toggle option for the Parental Controls feature?

  1. Yes
  2. No

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In This Guide
You'll Learn:
  • How to set Parental Controls on your TP-Link Router.
You'll Need:
  • A computer or mobile device to navigate the router's web interface.
  • The administrative login credentials to gain access to the router's web interface.

Parental Controls are features that may be available on computers, mobile devices, gaming consoles, media players, television sets or networking devices, that help parents reduce the risk of their children encountering unwanted or inappropriate content for their age or maturity level while using any of the above mentioned devices. The types of Parental Controls available can vary depending on device type, manufacturer, model or software being used.

Using Parental Controls is only an extra step in helping parents protect their children. Active, engaged parenting is essential in helping children develop good habits. Working with the children, talking to them and encouraging responsible behaviour is critical.

  1. Launch the browser that you use to go online on your computer or mobile device.
    Main Desktop Browsers.
  2. Navigate to tplinkwifi.net within the address bar.
    Address bar highlighted in internet browser.
  3. Log in with the administrator password set on your router. Depending on the router model you may need to enter the administrator user name as well.
    TP-Link router admin login screen.

    This is the device administration login password which is different from the Wi-Fi connection password.

Depending on the model of your TP-Link router and the firmware version it runs on, you may configure the Parental Controls settings in two different ways. To take the correct path within our guide, you'll need to do the following once you've logged into your router's web interface:

  1. Select Parental Controls from the menu on the left side.
    Parental Controls option highlighted in menu of TP-Link router web interface.
  2. Check if there is a Status toggle option to the right of the menu.
    Status toggle option highlighted in menu of TP-Link router web interface.

Enable Parental Controls

  1. Toggle on the Parental Controls Status.
    Status toggle option highlighted in menu of TP-Link router web interface.

Add Devices

  1. Select Add under the Devices Under Parental Controls heading.
    Add option highlighted on Parental Controls screen of TP-Link router web interface.
  2. Select View Existing Devices.
    View Existing Devices button highlighted in Parental Controls screen of TP-Link router web interface.
  3. You will see a list of devices that are currently connected to the router. Choose a device from the list.
    Choose options highlighted on device selection prompt.

    If the device you wish to add isn't listed, ensure it is connected to the router first. If you are having trouble identifying your device within this device list, you may need to find your device's MAC address to be able to properly identify it.

  4. Select the clock icon to restrict internet access to the chosen device to a set schedule.
    Schedule icon highlighted in Parental Controls screen of TP-Link router web interface.
  5. You'll be able to set a weekly schedule for each device. Select the time intervals for each day of the week in the schedule table. You can select boxes individually or click or tap and drag across a range of boxes.
    Arrows pointing out selection area in timetable.
  6. Each box or range of boxes that appears in light blue represents an allowed time slot for the selected device to access the internet. White boxes represent time slots that are not allowed for that device to access the internet. Select Save to set the schedule.
    Timetable showing allowed time slots for internet access in Parental Controls configuration of TP-Link router web interface. Save button highlighted at the bottom.
  7. Optionally, you can enter a description for the device you are adding. Either way select OK to complete adding the device.
    Description field and OK button highlighted on Parental Controls screen of TP-Link router web interface.
  8. Repeat the same process for any additional devices.
  1. Go to the Advanced tab at the top.
    Advanced tab highlighted TP-Link router web interface.
  2. Select Parental Controls from the menu on the left side.
    Parental Controls option highlighted in menu of TP-Link router web interface.

Filter Keywords

You can block access to websites containing keywords added to the blacklist:

  1. Under the Content Restriction heading select Blacklist then Add a New Keyword.
    Blacklist and Add a New Keyword options highlighted in Content Restriction settings of TP-Link router web interface.
  2. Enter the keyword you wish to block. Add other keywords the same way and select Save when done.
    Save button highlighted on Blacklist settings of TP-Link router web interface.

Filter Websites

You can limit access only to the websites added to the whitelist:

  1. Under the Content Restriction heading select Whitelist then Add a New Domain Name.
    Whitelist and Add a New Domain Name options highlighted in Content Restriction settings of TP-Link router web interface.
  2. Enter the website's domain name you wish to allow access to. Add other website domain names the same way and select Save when done.
    Save button highlighted on Blacklist settings of TP-Link router web interface.
  1. Select Add to the right of the Profiles heading.
    Add option highlighted on Parental Controls screen of TP-Link router web interface.
  2. Enter a name for the Parental Controls profile then select Add.
    Profile name entry field and Add option highlighted on Parental Controls screen of TP-Link router web interface.
  3. Tick the checkboxes to the left of each device you'd like to add the profile then select Save.
    Checkboxes and Save button highlighted on device selection prompt for Parental Controls.

    If the device you wish to add isn't listed, ensure it is connected to the router first. If you are having trouble identifying your device within this device list, you may need to find your device's MAC address to be able to properly identify it.

  4. Once you've named the profile and added devices to it, select Next.
    Next button highlighted on Parental Controls screen of TP-Link router web interface.
  5. You'll be able to block websites containing specific keywords in their name. Enter a keyword and select Add.
    Keyword entry field and Add button highlighted on Parental Controls screen of TP-Link router web interface.
  6. Add other keywords the same way and select Next to continue.
    Next button highlighted on Parental Controls screen of TP-Link router web interface.
  7. Set the total number of hours the selected devices will have internet access and the time intervals when they're allowed to have internet access. Tick the Enable box then configure the option you'd like to use. Select Save when done.
    Time controls customization options and Save button highlighted on Parental Controls screen of TP-Link router web interface.
  8. Repeat the same process for any additional profiles.
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