managing family internet usage

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I'm looking for the best way to manage my children's use of the internet. Ideally, I would love software that would allow me to shut off internet access to my two middle school children' devices at bedtime. Generally, we can work this out as a family, but I get tired of having to be the internet police "OK guys all devices need to be off" and then not being sure if they are always in compliance...
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The easiest way is through the parental controls of your router - most routers do have some basic parental control features that allow establishing schedules that devices (identified by their MAC address) may be connected. Not sure about the capabilities of the Exede/Viasat WiFi modem/router (it does tout basic parental controls and perhaps someone using it can walk you through), but if none are available it can always be extended with your own third party router having those capabilities (just need to secure both routers properly since even middle schoolers can learn how to administer the router these days).

Some recommendations can be made for third party routers if needed (but generally Asus and Netgear are good choices and really depends on any other features you may want to consider at the same time).      
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Brad, Viasat Employee

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I think Old Labs probably has the best suggestion. I think there may be some 3rd party tools and software that you can use but I wouldn't know off-hand.

This is just some quick Google-fu that I did that might send you in a good direction https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2346997,00.asp