Block (Blacklist) certain websites
I need to have the ability to block certain websites in the profiles area. It would also be great to have the ability to whitelist certain sites as well.
weaves Jeff C. Sorry to bump this thread, but can we get an idea if this feature is or will be on the product roadmap? Due to known issues involving use of Eero with Circle, I would like to know if I should stick with Eero, or ditch it and by a Circle along with a different router.
I was on my way to buy a eero system until, en-route, I researched this one topic and then found your system doesn't meet my requirements. Many parents would like to be able to block certain websites. As was mentioned earlier in the thread YouTube during homework hours being a specific example. You should provide this functionality soon before a competitor gets ahead of you and purchasers like me go elsewhere.
I would buy eero plus in a second if you provided a "whitelist only" feature.
I too have children who while doing homework on their laptops sneak off to other services. Yes, we try to be good parents and watch everything they are doing, but we have to be honest with ourselves and understand that times are changing and we need to change with them. That said, it's been a year since people have been requesting this functionality to be added to the Eero Plus service and it doesn't seem likely this will be added any time soon (if at all). A quick search around and it looks Google WiFi (a competitor home mesh router) supports this as well as a few other competitors. Others here have suggested Disney Circle (an add-on device to go between your router and home network). So the question stands: Are you actually considering adding this functionality, or just hanging a virtual carrot in front of us (by saying that you've been considering it all this time) to attempt to keep us around? It's okay to say that you don't plan to support it (perhaps the number of people requesting this type of functionality is actually pretty small, or perhaps the storage space for a small json file is not even feasible on the Eero to store a list of IPs/Domain (I highly doubt this)), but at least let us know so that we can consider another option or service.
In the meantime (while we wait for Eero Plus to allow this), if your child is using an iOS device you can block access to specific sites using the ScreenTime feature and 'Content Restrictions'
Would would really be nice is if Eero Plus could leverage ScreenTime via an API and use either the settings in ScreenTime to turn off or allow access or for that matter changes made in Eero Plus would push back to ScreenTime for either App restrictions or URL restrictions. Unfortunately doing a little research, there currently is no public API yet for ScreenTime that would allow eero to implement something like this.
I was able to get fine-grained, per-device restrictions (blacklist, whitelist, categories, time) using Circle with my Eero (v1). Setup was a bit tricky but worth it.
I can’t believe this feature has not been added yet. As a parent it’s a must have.
Why hadn't this been added? And why eero plus?! This is such a basic feature. I didn't even think to confirm this is possible before buying eero because I was sure it's there. Makes me want to scrap eero for another solution.
This is huge, please implement this ASAP. I would love to block ad domains as well as specific sites at specific times.
Any update on this feature - I've been waiting for this change. I am going to have to start investing options outside Eero plus if this is still on the long term backlog.
Please provide a status update for this request? I paid a large amount of money for the Eero ($450) and Eero plus ($100) and was very surprised to learn this very basic feature is not available? Eero plus is not blocking adult content. My kids are still able to pull up adult videos on YouTube. Do you have ant ETA when this will be implemented? If not I will return the Eero and get a refund. I can pickup a router for less than $50 that has this feature without paying for a service (Eero plus) that does not work.
For all concerned, I got this reply on reddit to a question about it:
"It would involve implementing, at a bare minimum, a shared secret architecture for keeping your blacklist secret from us, but known to your nodes and to you, a secure way of interposing in the DNS flow, and cloud and app support for all of this. This is because we don't ever want to know what sites you're visiting, and our architecture is designed to prevent that information from ever reaching eero infrastructure- for privacy.
We've recently introduced a secure communications layer to the eeroOS platform, called NIMBLE; we wrote a blog post about it. That's the first step towards features like this (and also, a critical enabling step towards no-WAN startup, which sounds like it should be easy but actually creates a whole bunch of corner cases that we had to solve).
There's a lot of stuff we're working on, like this feature, where it turns out we have to build something new before we can get started on this in particular. But when we build those new things, it turns out we can use them to build other compelling features and experiences- it just takes time."
At the very least, make this an option in Eero Plus. I pay $100 a year to get the subscription that includes safe filtering. Who determines Safe Filtering? With Facebook and Google leaching all data through "analytics", I feel my data is unsafe.
For $30, one time, I could install Pi-hole on a Raspberry Pi and get this functionality without it calling home anywhere. Seems like Eero should be able to implement this as well without years of engineering.
This is a must for eero plus. In fact I couldn't believe it wasn't when I signed up. Please get this added to the consideration list. There are other wifi systems doing this and if this doesn't get added I'll be forced to switching.
Drew, thank you for your update. As a user, I understand your desire, and frankly my desire for privacy and the fact that Eero doesn't track my internet use, however as a Parent, that is paying $100 a year for safe filtering and monitoring, I struggle with the need to be able to at times block certain domains, specifically gaming domains like Fortnite and YouTube while still allowing access to the internet for school work.
I respectfully request someone from Eero either give a timeline (days, weeks, months) or honestly answer if this is a bridge to far with your privacy concerns. That will give me the option of waiting for it to be implemented or looking at other ways of blocking.
I have been waiting for this to be implemented for longer than I believe it should have taken.
- Status Implemented
- 8 mths agoLast active