Like all young people my children think they can go anywhere/do anything they like on the internet. My daughter thinks that all music is free and my boy thinks movies are also - as they say 'all my mates are doing it".
I am looking for a solution to controlling access to the wireless network for everyone, controlling what sites can be visited and controlling downloads. At present we have a Telecom Thomson TG585v7 ADSL modem. I have used the parental controls interface to manage access to websites such as Facebook etc. but discovered that the kids had got round this by going to a website called 'unblockyoutube.co.uk' which allowed them to bypass these controls! Needless to say this is also blocked but this seems very limited and time consuming for me to block/unblock as required.
What I would like is a way to manage which devices can actually access the internet (say by MAC address), set time limits on access, turn off access on demand, control sites, block such things as Skype, messenger etc. as required.
Am quite happy to change modem if there is one with more of these types of features or purchase software that can allow me to do all this. I am reasonably technically literate (did try Telnet to get behind the interface to the Thomson modem but this went a bit beyond my expertise). Have looked at NetNanny and K9 software but they seem a bit ineffective and the kids have often bypassed them somehow plus you have to install software on each computer which is a pain not to mention their cost.
At the very least there must be a way to control devices on the wireless network by MAC address but I can't see to find it in the Thomson interface anywhere.
If you can help it would be much appreciated.