Technology and approaches for managing your teen's use of the home WiFi connection
I have a youngish teen at home for whom I would like to better manage his access to the home WiFi connection but not make access to the same service any more difficult for myself or my wife (or anyone else we choose to provide the WPA key). As I'm sure many parents are finding these days, teens are not very keen on having their access to the internet limited in any way and are quite happy to wait until you are asleep to turn on the WiFi enable router and game, kik, snapchat, instagram, etc all night long! Unfortuately, I have consistently found that that use of the internet/WiFi at home is not area where my son's self control or truthfulness can be relied on and school and other non-IT social activities tend to suffer as a result. At the moment, we have simply changed the WiFi password for all our own devices and not given the new access key to him (he doesn't have access to data via a cell/mobile phone). This is not very convenient as he should have Internet access in the home for both reasonable recreational use and for school work. So my question is what solutions are available to manage access to a home WiFi service so that timeouts and the issuing access permissions can be more automated - a bit like in the case with some hotels and cafes. I appreciate that locking the router up in a secure place is an option - but its not one that will work particularly well in our home. We have a Windows 7 Professional OS computer that my wife and I share and my son has a Windows 7 notebook. The family has the usual collection of iPads, iPods, iPhones, and Android devices, and WiFi connected TVs and media players. Our internet access is via a cable service connection. Any thoughts would be most welcome.