on 15-05-2021 12:34 PM
So, I have a disabled child and it has become apparent that I need to set time limits through my ISP for wifi usage to keep him safe and healthy. I need to only allow certain devices for a certain time e.g. smart TV only allowed 6am-8am, games consoles 3.30 -5.30pm. Whilst still allowing my own phone and work laptop to stay connected in these times. I have tried using homework time, which doesn't work as it still allows the games consoles etc. to work. And blocking certain websites/servers through kidssafe e.g. YouTube and epic games servers, but this is no good either as there is no time limit/routine and has to be turned on and off manually, and if they are already connected it allows them to stay connected. My son is autistic so exact timing/routine/predictability is crucial and he cannot self regulate his time. I have a few friends who have BT broadband and they are able to put time limits on all devices even Echo Dot etc. connected to the router separately (without having to do anything on the device) and much more extensive controls. I have signed up for supersafe but it doesn't seem to offer anything I need as it cant be used for smart TVs or games consoles, can anyone tell me if there is another product I can get from TalkTalk?
And also, I've been through the TalkTalk website and there seems to be no way to contact them listed, is there not a live chat/email or phone service? Thanks 😊
on 17-05-2021 01:59 PM
Hi cw7694, your fellow community members have advised you correctly. We don't currently have the controls you are looking for. You'd need an alternate router or software.
on 15-05-2021 01:19 PM
Unfortunately TalkTalk's controls are server based and apply equally to all devices on your network. To exert the level of control you describe, IE timed access for specific devices, you really need to implement the controls within your router. There are a number of routers which offer such capabilities though unfortunately none of them are available from TalkTalk. Thus if you wish to remain with TalkTalk and implement the controls you describe you will need to buy a 3rd party router to use in place of the one supplied by TalkTalk. If you are considering changing ISPs then you should make sure the router supplied does what you require before you move.
As I said there are a number of routers from various manufacturers that would enable you to do what you require. I would strongly advise you check the specs/documentation of a few to determine which best suits your needs and is easiest to configure in the way you require. Personally I use a Draytek Vigor 2762, now superceded by the 2765 series, which has very comprehensive controls but due to the flexibility offered may not be the quickest and easiest to set up.
on 15-05-2021 12:40 PM
Strangely, @cw7694, Talktalk has put the Chat link and opening hours details on their Update on Covid-19 page here:
It shows a blue background banner when available.
You can reach them by phone on 03451720046 Monday to Saturday, after 9am.
Use the forum search engine for information about exactly what Homesafe and Supersafe do. They are separate products with different purposes.