As a parent, can I lock the wireless network when I wish in order to control my childs internet usage on their wifi instrument?

We wish to put a time limit on our teenagers internet usage on their ipod touch. They are not abiding by the rules and their sleep and school is suffering.

QA AirPort Extreme Base Station

QA AirPort Extreme Base Station

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  • Best Answer:

    Yes, but you'd be surprised how many teens can figure out their parents' passwords, or know exactly where they're kept, or will look on a parent's computer to see the password that it uses to connect to the network.

    You can setup Timed Access by:

    After your network is already working, go back and open AirPort Utility and click "Manual Setup" for your base station. Select "AirPort" at the top and "Access Control" underneath. At "MAC Address Access Control:" set the selector to "Timed Access" and click the Add (+) button beneath the large entry box and enter the MAC address (Media Access Control, aka AirPort ID#) and (for your information) description or name of the computer, iPod Touch, or other device you’re allowing to access the network.

    Choose a day of the week or Everyday from the day pop-up menu, and then choose either “all day” or “between” from the other pop-up menu. If you choose “between,” you can edit the times of the day by double-clicking in the time fields. You can enter begin and end times down to the minute.

    Click the "Done" button and then continue to add computer MAC addresses until finished. When the list is clomplete, "Update" the Extreme's settings, but don't forget to allow your own computer, printer, iPhone, etc. to also have access "Everyday" and "all day." If you have multiple AirPort base stations, you'll need to duplicate this list for each one.

    Anytime you want to, you can open AirPort Utility to the Summary to check how many clients are connected to your network.