Access to the Internet has changed every aspect of our lives. It is literally always at our fingertips. It has changed how we communicate, conduct business and entertain ourselves. And while the Internet provides more convenience and options to connect more than ever before, it also poses challenges for parents. Children have never known a time where they couldn’t be instantly online. This can create safety concerns about what they may see, hear or read, as well as who they may encounter. Parents also face the responsibility of limited screen time, which can be a major challenge. Fortunately, there are measures in place with Point Broadband’s SmartHome platform to help you overcome some of these parenting challenges.

What Can Point SmartHome Parental Controls Do?

Beyond providing you with consistent Internet everywhere in your home, Point SmartHome powered by Plume has a variety of parental control options that address everything from safety to access. You can control every device connected to your home’s WiFi. With AI Security, online content can be filtered and restricted based on the settings you customize. Each member of your family can have a profile with unique settings. By default, each profile will be set to “no limits.” However, parameters can be adjusted based on the amount of time and access you’d like each profile to have. For younger children, only G-rated content can be accessed. For older children, like teenagers, a PG-13 filter can be applied. And adult content can be restricted from any profile or device. You can also create a custom approved/block list that can be configured for any location, device or person.

Limiting time and data is another useful feature that is available. You can isolate and limit or restrict each individual device. This can be done in terms of a daily time allotment or freezing access during or after certain hours. This takes the much of the guesswork out of when and what your children are doing online.

What is AI Security?

As cyber threats continue to evolve, AI security provided by Point SmartHome keeps you protected. By filtering out potentially suspicious content and sources, your network remains secure. Real-time threats like phishing, malware, viruses, ransomware and more are mitigated before they can become an issue. AI security also makes it possible to filter content and sites for each device and person in your home, limiting the amount of exposure you have on and for each one. With advanced IoT protection, all your connected devices are also secure. This includes baby monitors, thermostats and any other connected device. Lastly, Anomaly Detection allows SmartHome to learn about the usage habits and trends for each device, allowing it to recognize when something is out of the ordinary and possibly posing a threat.

With Point SmartHome powered by Plume, you can take back control of your home’s WiFi with enhanced, consistent performance, and state-of-the-art security and oversight.

Everybody loves pizza, right? There’s nothing worse than wanting a slice and realizing all the slices are gone and you’re left with only crumbs. Did you know your home’s WiFi is like that? Just like that delicious pizza, there are only so many slices to go around. Once those slices are gone, you get buffering, latency, slow downloads and poor online performance.

If you think of your in-home WiFi network like a pizza, each slice provides the data a device needs to execute a certain function. Of course, the more speed your network has, the more pizza there is to go around. The size of the slice each device takes is based on activity. If you’re just scrolling through Facebook or checking email on your phone, it may only take a pepperoni off of the top. But if you are streaming a movie in 4K from Netflix, it could take half of your pizza or more. If your multiple devices are doing multiple things at the same time, your pizza will be gone quick! If your movie is buffering or an attachment won’t download quickly, it means that something else is taking most of the pizza!

Are you having trouble with WiFi performance at your home? Sounds like you need to upgrade your network – or order a bigger pizza if you will. If you have the largest pizza on the menu and there’s still not enough to go around, here are a few tips to enhance your network’s performance.

  • Directly hardwire your devices: By using an ethernet cable to connect your computers, TVs, gaming systems and more, you will get the best speeds your network can provide.
  • Location, location, location: Be sure to position your router in a spot that will provide the best coverage for your home. The farther your devices are from this area, the weaker the signal becomes, resulting in reduced speed. It should be at least a few feet off the ground, and in a central location.
  • Test your speed: Do you know what kind of “pizza” you’re serving up at your house? Test your network’s speed to find out. Your internet provider may have a way to test your download and upload speeds. You can also Google “test my internet speed” and perform a quick test. An additional note about speed tests – if you find you’re getting lower speeds than expected, do a test on a hardwired device. If the speed looks good when directly connected, consider a Whole Home Wifi System like Point Broadband’s SmartHome powered by Plume, which will provide consistent Internet speeds throughout your home.

Being online and having access to WiFi is less of a luxury and more a necessity. It’s how we work, play, communicate and more, so it’s important that you have fast and reliable connectivity. The experts at Point Broadband have the products and services to ensure you have the pizza you want, when you want it!