How to restrict access to your Sky router at certain times

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If you're looking to keep your kids off the internet when they should be in bed you might look at restricting access to the router during the night. You can do this following the steps below.

 

Note: it’s not possible to block access with a Sky Q Hub.

 

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1. Log into your router and add a schedule

 

  1. Make sure you’re connected to router on your home network.
  2. Open a new web browser window.
  3. In the address bar, type 192.168.0.1 and press Enter.
  4. Enter the username admin and password sky in lowercase. If you've changed them previously, use the updated login details.
  5. Click the Maintenance tab.
  6. Select Security then Schedule.
  7. Complete the form and click Apply.

 

 

2. To block 1 device

 

  1. Click Advanced then LAN IP Setup.
  2. Under Address reservation click Add.
  3. Click the radio button next to the device you want to block.
  4. Take a note of the IP address it's assigned.
  5. Click Add.

 

If the IP address has changed the router will need to restart. Click OK to do this before you continue.

 

  1. Click Security then Firewall Rules. You might need to Log into the router again.
  2. Under Firewall Rules - Outbound Services click Add, and then next to:
    • Service choose Any(ALL).
    • Action choose BLOCK by schedule.
    • LAN Users choose Single address.
    • Start type the IP address of the device you want to block.
  1. Click Apply.

 

 

3. To block more than 1 device

 

The router will let you choose which devices to block from a list. The devices you want to block need to be connected to the router. Switching off devices you don't want to block will make it easier to see which device is which.

 

  1. Click Advanced then LAN IP Setup.
  2. Under Address reservation click Add.
  3. Click the radio button next to one of the devices you want to block. You'll see the IP address, MAC address and device name appear below.
  4. Change the IP address to 192.168.0.50.
  5. Click Add, you'll be told a restart is needed, click Cancel.

 

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Add devices one at a time by clicking the radio button next to the device, changing the IP address, then clicking add. The IPs must be used in order. So your second IP should be 192.168.0.51. Your third should end 52 and so on. Keep a note of the IPs you've used.

 

  1. Once you've added your last device you can restart your router. Click OK.
  2. Click Security then Firewall Rules, you might need to Log into the router again.
  3. Under Firewall Rules - Outbound Services, click Add, and then next to:
    • Service dropdown select Any(ALL).
    • Action dropdown select BLOCK by schedule.
    • LAN Users dropdown select Address range.
    • Start type 192.168.0.50.
    • Finish type the IP address you gave to the last device you added.
  1. Select Apply.

 

For other ways to help you control what your family can access online take a look at Sky Broadband Shield.

4 Comments
Camera Assistant

These instructions will block access to websites which only have IPv4 addresses. However, they will not block access to websites which also have IPv6 addresses.

Runner

will these instructions work with a Hub 3? Used to be able to do this with my old Sky Hub... but can't find this on my Hub 3?

Runner

Good grief, how complicated! Disappointed how little sky cares about this important issues for famfamil. Will give it a whirl, but don't hold out much hope. Should be easy feature on account settings!

Researcher

When I had Virgin, they had decent rules to block devices! Shame Sky don't have something as intuitive, even though they are supposed to be a bigger company... I'm going to try these settings and see where it gets me.