1. Schedule internet curfews
Sometimes saying “hey shut it down and go to bed” isn’t enough to get your kid to stop researching for his assignment that’s due tomorrow (cause that’s why he’s still online at 10pm right?) so show a little tough love by scheduling an internet curfew in your household. Follow the steps on this blog to create as many as 10 schedules for your home network – don’t worry you can assign schedules to a specific device so you can still surf the web until the wee hours if you so chose to.
2. Block specific websites
For parents, making sure your kids aren’t accidentally (or intentionally) visiting inappropriate websites is a tough job to stay on top of 24/7. With D-Link routers, you can block specific websites from a specific device in the household with the “Website Filter” tool.
3. Block unwanted devices
If you choose to have an unsecured wireless network, it’s pretty safe to say you will have some unwanted guests connecting and stealing your bandwidth. And while we always recommend securing your wireless network, it is ultimately your choice. So how do you stop your neighbors from stealing your bandwidth? First identify the devices connecting to your network and using the MAC address of each, block them with the MAC Filter. Now it’s just you (and whoever you deem worthy of sharing your Wi-Fi).
4. Create a Wi-Fi network for guests
Having people over is always fun but now that each of them is carrying a smartphone, tablet and who knows what other mobile device, it can be a real strain on your network to keep everyone connected while still streaming your background music or video, or downloading large files to view or share. In these situations, the best thing to do is create a Guest Network for your friends and family to connect to so that your connected devices can still get the bandwidth they require.
5. Share files across your local area network (LAN)
It may surprise people to know that you can share documents, music, photos and other files with another computer on your network without requiring a USB drive or network attached storage device. If you have a router creating a wireless network, then you also have a local area network you can share files through – you just need to learn how.
6. Remotely manage your network with your smartphone or tablet (cloud routers only)
The exclusive mydlink app for your routers (and Wi-Fi cameras and storage devices), lets you manage your network from anywhere, all from your smartphone or tablet. With the mydlink app you can easily take control of your network from any internet-connected location.
While routers may not be the best conversationalists, they make for pretty good cuddle-buddies. Don’t believe us? Here’s proof!