Can Firewalla limit kid's activities like gaming/video to a number of hours per day?

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    David McCarty

    "What this is asking is to aggregate the time spent on certain activity (e.g. gaming), and set limit for it over certain period (e.g. throughout a day or week)."

    Correct.  Circle already does this and it works well enough.

    It doesn't need to be perfect, but if someone is streaming videos, it should be pretty obvious when they are actively doing it because there is a steady stream of data coming from YouTube or Vimeo or Netflix or whatever.  Sure, things like caching/buffering, downloading, pausing and walking off would make this less accurate, but let's just say we aren't worried as much about those kinds of nuances.

    SIMILARLY

    Maybe you could allow us to set a DATA cap for a given time window.  After x bytes have been downloaded (or uploaded) then the IP is blocked until the next day.

    I would like to be able to group a bunch of IPs/URLs/services into a category and then set a limit based on one or both of the above (time and/or data) for a set group on my network. Inaccurate is better than non-existent.

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    Support Team

    @David, 

    Agreed, we are experimenting on the time limit to see how much of accuracy we can get. 

    As for the suggestion of data limit, it is easier to be achieved actually. But we are not sure how practical that is, can you tell us more about the use case you have in mind? What kind of service you are planning to set limits on?  You can send the details to help@firewalla.com if you don't mind. 

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    David McCarty

    I've sent a reply to that email as requested, but in short, TIME limiting is what I really want.  The primary reason for suggesting DATA limiting is because I figure that must be pretty easy for you to implement and then I could use it as a crude method of time limiting activities like video streaming.  If I could determine a (very) rough average of how much data is used per minute when actively streaming a video, then I could just take that data rate and multiply by how many minutes I want to allow streaming and set the data limit at that point.  It would be very crude, but good enough for my purposes. (The users could cheat this by watching at a lower quality, but my users are not tech savvy and so I'm not worried about that yet).

    Data limiting would also help for if a user downloads videos to watch offline later.  Setting time limits on the router would never help here.

    Another advantage to being able to set a data limit based on sites would be if you were on a metered connection and you wanted to prevent a user on your network from burning all your data on a certain set of activities.

    Offering BOTH time limiting AND data limiting and then being able to mix-and-match how you use those would be very powerful.

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