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Set Up Parental Controls for Netgear Orbi Mesh WiFi

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Introduction

Keeping tabs on your kids activity online is important. Your Netgear Orbi router can help. Partnering with Circle, your Router provides powerful parental controls to keep you in charge.

In This Guide
  • Setup Circle services on your Netgear Orbi Router.
  • Set Bedtimes, Filtering, and Time Limits on your kids activities online.
Before You Begin:
Circle App.Circles App
The Circles App allows you to control the parental settings on your router. If you don't already have it installed, select the link below to get Circles.
Netgear Orbi.

1 Enable Circle on Netgear

The Circle app will guide you through the initial setup of your Parental Controls on your Netgear router.

  1. Open the Circle app, and select Get Started.
    Circle App.
    Circle on Netgear with Get Started highlighted.
  2. Select Next.
    Circle on Netgear intro with Next highlighted.
  3. Circle will detect your Orbi router, select Enable Circle.
    Netgear router detected with Enable Circle highlighted.
  4. Once enabled select Yes! to start the setup process.
    Setup Circle prompt with Yes! highlighted.
  5. Enter your Netgear Router's username and password, then select Login.
    Netgear Router username and password prompt with Login highlighted.
    You set this up when you first setup your Router.
    Defaults:
    Username: admin
    Password: password
  6. Circle will enable on your router.
    Enabling Circle
    This can take a few minutes, the screen will automatically move forward when your router is ready.
  7. After Circle is enabled, select Let's Rock! to continue.
    Circle Enabled with Let's Rock! highlighted.
  8. Now you'll be setting up your Circle account. Enter your name and email address, then select Continue.
    Account Details with Name, Email, and Continue highlighted.
  9. Enter your phone number, then select Next.
    Phone number prompt with Next highlighted.
  10. Carefully select and read the License Agreement and Privacy Policy. Once you've read and agree to these, select Create Account.
    Account Agreement with License Agreement Privacy Policy, and Create Account highlighted.
  11. The Circle app will connect your router, Circle account, and the app on your phone.
    Connecting prompt
    Again, this can take a few minutes, the screen will automatically move forward when everything is ready.
  12. Once everything is setup, select Awesome! to complete the setup process.
    Circle Setup with Awesome! highlighted.

2 Using Circle

This guide will help you through the three main functions of parental control available in Circle; Filter, Time Limits, and Bedtime.

Circle App.Advanced Features
The Circle app provides a wealth of other features. If you are looking to explore the more in-depth features, visit the Circle website.

Filter
Filter.

You can set the filtering level for each family member you setup.

Filtering Choices.
Kid
Best for kids six to 12 years old. Educational websites and other kid-safe websites are allowed, but items for older kids, like social media, are blocked.
Teen
Best for teens 13 to 17 years old. Most apps are available, but items deemed adult in nature are invisible or blocked.
Adult
Most items are allowed, though explicit and mature content is filtered.
None
Allows access to all content.

Time Limits
Time Limits.

Time Limits can be used to set how long members of your home can use a particular app or program, or the Internet as a whole.

Time Limits.

You can choose to limit times on each app, or the time on the Internet as a whole directly under the portrait.

Don't forget to select Save when done making changes!

Bedtime
Bedtime.

Setting a bedtime disables all Internet access when your family member should be asleep.

Bedtime Selections.
  1. Select the days of the week the schedule should apply (for example, Sunday through Thursday for school nights).
  2. Select the Bed Time and Awake Time.
  3. Select Save to enable the schedule.

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Keeping tabs on your kids activity online is important. Your Netgear Orbi router can help. Partnering with Circle, your Router provides powerful parental controls to keep you in charge.

In This Guide
  • Setup Circle services on your Netgear Orbi Router.
  • Set Bedtimes, Filtering, and Time Limits on your kids activities online.
Before You Begin:
Circle App.Circles App
The Circles App allows you to control the parental settings on your router. If you don't already have it installed, select the link below to get Circles.
Netgear Orbi.

The Circle app will guide you through the initial setup of your Parental Controls on your Netgear router.

  1. Open the Circle app, and select Get Started.
    Circle App.
    Circle on Netgear with Get Started highlighted.
  2. Select Next.
    Circle on Netgear intro with Next highlighted.
  3. Circle will detect your Orbi router, select Enable Circle.
    Netgear router detected with Enable Circle highlighted.
  4. Once enabled select Yes! to start the setup process.
    Setup Circle prompt with Yes! highlighted.
  5. Enter your Netgear Router's username and password, then select Login.
    Netgear Router username and password prompt with Login highlighted.
    You set this up when you first setup your Router.
    Defaults:
    Username: admin
    Password: password
  6. Circle will enable on your router.
    Enabling Circle
    This can take a few minutes, the screen will automatically move forward when your router is ready.
  7. After Circle is enabled, select Let's Rock! to continue.
    Circle Enabled with Let's Rock! highlighted.
  8. Now you'll be setting up your Circle account. Enter your name and email address, then select Continue.
    Account Details with Name, Email, and Continue highlighted.
  9. Enter your phone number, then select Next.
    Phone number prompt with Next highlighted.
  10. Carefully select and read the License Agreement and Privacy Policy. Once you've read and agree to these, select Create Account.
    Account Agreement with License Agreement Privacy Policy, and Create Account highlighted.
  11. The Circle app will connect your router, Circle account, and the app on your phone.
    Connecting prompt
    Again, this can take a few minutes, the screen will automatically move forward when everything is ready.
  12. Once everything is setup, select Awesome! to complete the setup process.
    Circle Setup with Awesome! highlighted.

This guide will help you through the three main functions of parental control available in Circle; Filter, Time Limits, and Bedtime.

Circle App.Advanced Features
The Circle app provides a wealth of other features. If you are looking to explore the more in-depth features, visit the Circle website.

Filter
Filter.

You can set the filtering level for each family member you setup.

Filtering Choices.
Kid
Best for kids six to 12 years old. Educational websites and other kid-safe websites are allowed, but items for older kids, like social media, are blocked.
Teen
Best for teens 13 to 17 years old. Most apps are available, but items deemed adult in nature are invisible or blocked.
Adult
Most items are allowed, though explicit and mature content is filtered.
None
Allows access to all content.

Time Limits
Time Limits.

Time Limits can be used to set how long members of your home can use a particular app or program, or the Internet as a whole.

Time Limits.

You can choose to limit times on each app, or the time on the Internet as a whole directly under the portrait.

Don't forget to select Save when done making changes!

Bedtime
Bedtime.

Setting a bedtime disables all Internet access when your family member should be asleep.

Bedtime Selections.
  1. Select the days of the week the schedule should apply (for example, Sunday through Thursday for school nights).
  2. Select the Bed Time and Awake Time.
  3. Select Save to enable the schedule.