Accountability for wireless devices in our home?
October 7, 2012 11:29 AM   Subscribe

We want to add some accountability to the use of mobile devices on our home wifi - what are our options? Ideally we just want to be able to review how the internet is being used.

This is for my kids, who are between young and young-ish, all minors. Ideally we would like to have unfiltered internet for all of them coupled with a system that keeps track of all of the URL's visited. That way we don't have to hassle with filters that NEVER seem to work, but we can tell our kids that their online behavior isn't a secret.

For example: I love Netflix because it's all unfiltered, but you can't delete the history.

Is there any way to set up this kind of accountability at the router level? How about with software added to the devices? If not, I guess we'll look at filters, but man I hate those things.
posted by crapples to Computers & Internet (4 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Step by step instructions.
posted by zug at 11:33 AM on October 7, 2012 [2 favorites]

What the?? Thanks a lot. That's perfect.
posted by crapples at 12:29 PM on October 7, 2012

Whoops! This is a Windows solution (Wallwatcher). I should have mentioned that I'm using a Mac. Is there an equivalent tool that can be used?
posted by crapples at 12:46 PM on October 7, 2012

This is definitely possible, but it may take some medium-level technical screwing around to make it happen. Here's a potentially useful thread:

and another potentially useful set of instructions on setting up Lion as a syslog server (which may be helpful)

Hope this helps.
posted by contrarian at 3:22 PM on October 7, 2012

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