Need recommendation for router with good access control / security
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I'm in the market for a new router with the following criteria. Can people point me to the right direction?

  • Security: solid firewall
  • Good access control: whitelist feature a must
  • VLAN
  • App-based parental control: so my wife wouldn't have to log on to the web interface to moderate internet use
  • DD-WRT flashing feasibility is a plus but not a must

I currently have Verizon G1100. It's a reliable router, but lacks the whitelist feature. Parental control doesn't quite work without whitelist, because kids can easily change the MAC address and G1100 will think it's a new device and give it free reign.

Last but not least, NO TP-Link. I've had it with TP-Link. I have Archer C2300, and it's 2.4 ghz wifi constantly refuses to accept connection, which doesn't get fixed even after firmware. Have no trust in the brand.

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dslr595148
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I will give to you my two cents.

While the kids could spoof/clone the MAC Address of their computer, they could also find another wi-fi network nearby (or go over a friend's house) and in turn completely bypass you.

Also I point to https://www.broadbandsearch.net/blog/online-safety-parental-controls to where it says A Few Things To Consider as well as Step 4 and beyond (including putting the computer in a public place).

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dslr595148
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I will give to you my two cents.

While the kids could spoof/clone the MAC Address of their computer, they could also find another wi-fi network nearby (or go over a friend's house) and in turn completely bypass you.

Also I point to https://www.broadbandsearch.net/blog/online-safety-parental-controls to where it says A Few Things To Consider as well as Step 4 and beyond (including putting the computer in a public place).