Does AirPort Extreme router have parental controls?

Alan S

macrumors member
Original poster
Mar 21, 2009
We recently bought a AirPort Extreme base station to replace a NetGear wireless router.

With the NetGear router we were able to block web-sites (those with the term "porn" or "xxx" in the URL) but I've not been able to find the settings for this in the AirPort Utility program used to set it up.

First does the AirPort Extreme have this capability? And second where are the manuals on using it?

Alan S

macrumors member
Original poster
Mar 21, 2009

Hmmm.... So I'm taking the silence to mean that AirPort Extreme doesn't have this feature. This from the marketing page only talks about limiting the time, and not site that are available to kids.

Apple AirPort Extreme said:
Parent easy, kid safe.

A useful access control feature lets you decide not only who accesses your network but also when they can access it. If you have kids with their own computers, for example, you can control the times they’re allowed to access the network. They can have accounts that are available only at certain hours of the day — for example, when you can be home to keep an eye on them.
Does anyone have any recommendations on this? I'd prefer our kids not have access to certain sites. I'd hate to put the NetGear router back, but maybe so firewall product exists that can be wire in serial with the AirPort Extreme. Any parents out there try this?


macrumors 68040
Oct 9, 2008
Parental controls are usually enabled/configured on the client end, not the router. If you have a Mac with 10.5, consult this article to take a look at some of the parental controls that can be levied on a managed user account. There also is this nifty video tutorial as well.


macrumors newbie
Aug 18, 2007
Combine your router with OpenDNS and some manual configuration on their website, and you're done.


May 10, 2004
There are hardware firewalls for which a continuous content filtering update service is offered.


macrumors regular
Jun 27, 2009
I'm not sure but try this

The only parental control stuff I have seen is in the system prefs.

I haven't used it but it says you can do stuff for the internet so that may be what your looking for.

hope that helps