Circle: Smart Family Controls

Circle: Smart Family Controls

By Circle Media Incorporated

Score: 2.5
2.5
From 1,062 Ratings

Description

Circle is the smart way for families to manage content and time online, on any device. Circle works with your home Wi-Fi and manages every device on your network, both wireless and wired, without ever needing to put software on them. Setup is a cinch, and customizing Circle for your unique family is quick and easy! ----- Managing Screen Time and Content Has Never Been Easier - Set Time Limits for popular apps and websites - Set individual Filter levels for each of your family members - Reward your kids by bumping up their Time Limits, extending their BedTime, or removing an OffTime for the day Give Your Kids a Break from Their Devices - Set BedTimes for every family member and avoid late night surfing - Pause the Internet for an individual family member and their devices, or the whole network with a single tap - Use OffTimes to schedule Internet-free times throughout the day or week Be in the Know with Every Device in Your Home - Circle tracks Usage by Profile, not by individual device, so you can keep tabs on all your kids’ devices in one place - Circle makes it easy to differentiate all the web-connected devices in your home 5 Minute Setup, No Joke! There's nothing worse than getting a new gadget and then taking all day to configure and even longer to manage. Circle was designed with busy parents in mind to be super simple to set up, and even easier to manage. Geek cred not required. ----- GET STARTED WITH CIRCLE You can start using Circle if you have a Circle device or a supported NETGEAR router. Learn more about Circle at meetcircle.com ----- CIRCLE GO Subscribe to Circle Go to manage your family’s mobile devices no matter what network they’re on. Learn more about Circle Go at meetcircle.com/circle-go ----- NEED HELP? If you have any questions, need any help with Circle, or want to provide any feedback, you can contact our Support Team at [email protected] or go to support.meetcircle.com ----- OPTIONAL IN APP SUBSCRIPTIONS - Pricing & Terms Circle Go and Circle Premium (for supported NETGEAR routers) are optional automatic renewing subscriptions. Your subscription will be charged to your iTunes account at confirmation of purchase and will automatically renew unless auto-renewing is turned off at least 24 hours before the end of your current period. Current subscribers can manage subscriptions and turn off auto-renewal by visiting iTunes Account Settings after purchase. Circle Go: $4.99 USD / month (meetcircle.com/circle-go) Circle Premium (for supported NETGEAR routers): $4.99 USD / month (meetcircle.com/netgear) Privacy policy: https://meetcircle.com/privacy/ Terms of use: https://meetcircle.com/license/

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Reviews

Love the idea but slows my WiFi too much.

1
Circle is a great idea for families but they should make sure it does not slow down your WIFI connection so much. When opening applications that are not blocked by Circle (like google classroom) for school work it is so slow!! Seems like we need a tech improvement here! Also if you have children who choose to unplug Circle there is not stopping them.
By S fraying

Bad reviews clearly written by upset kids

5
It is very clear the bad reviews of this product are kids upset they now have limits set for them on their devices. They even go so far as to pretend to be adults or “network experts”. I am a relatively tech savvy adult and love this product. It is made quite well and simple to use, and gives great reporting on usage. I am sure it is not a perfect product, but when talking about privacy and security nothing is perfect.
By Kyle Dellis

Weak UX on iPad

3
Overall, I’m happy with the hardware. The software UX needs a refresh, especially for the 2018 iPad Pros: 1. Support landscape orientation. Bizarre that the app loads in portrait when a Smart Keyboard is attached to an iPad Pro. 2. Support split view and slide over. I want to be able to view Eero and Circle side by side.* 3. The iPad offers a rich canvas to visualize data. Circle should think about how to use this canvas. *Please partner w/ Eero to offer native integration between their hardware and your software. This would be a killer combination for parents.
By A Software Engineer

Just what we needed!

5
Before the circle I felt like our kids’ internet use was out of control. Our kids are required to have laptops for junior high and high school. They were on them constantly! They are also supposed to turn in their electronics a half hour before “lights out”, and that was never happening. We were always chasing them down and reminding them. We saw the circle in action at a friend’s house and got one for ourselves. It has been wonderful! They magically remember to turn in their electronics on time (because the internet is set to turn off at a certain time) they are following the limits about how much total time they’re on them, and I can easily and quickly see where they’re spending their time. It’s just what we needed!
By ChicaBacana

Functionality glitchy and inconsistent

1
The app is shutting off my devices at the wrong times. It’s improperly blocking sites that I’ve approved. The functionality advertised is not working properly, and I’m always having to fidget with the app in order to have it properly give devices and users access. Going to try to set it to factory defaults and start over again. Hopefully that will get the app / device up and running.
By Ball Game 71

Amazing for everyone!

5
Honestly, the negative reviews are comical. We have had the circle in full use for over a week. Having multiple kids/teens on our WiFi, this has helped cut back their screen time. Sleepovers would go all night if I didn’t shut off their video games. This allows me to set up every teen that logs into our WiFi with a time limit and website restrictions. Thank you!
By 3boys1house

Good..... but.....

2
Been using this service for over a year and I really like it. That said, two major issues: 1). As soon as your kid gets a Chromebook from school you loose 100% of any control this product provides. Schools often use a VPN to ensure control over safe browsing. When this happens not only can do you lose control over app content (which I understand based on how VPNs work) but you also lose the ability to control screen time. The kids run out of time on the phone or tablet and then just use the Chromebook since it can’t be managed. Unlimited time. 2). The kids are using all sorts off apps that aren’t identified in the filter. When you go to “Usage” you’ll find the bulk of the time is in the “uncategorized” section with only an IP address to identify it. A good example is Amino which is a community app with some really questionable content. I’m sure most folks don’t know how to run a WHOIS command to track this down. And even then it’s often uninformative. Suggest Circle hires a couple folks to look at the top uncategorized sites and capture the content so we know the app that is associated to the IP address. Many of these addresses now go to a company that builds/operates apps for their clients. As such much of the information you would want from the app isn’t there. As a parent you are left blind on the bulk of internet usage. I hope the Product Manager for the app can prioritize something like this in the near term backlog.
By PeanutRounder

Passcode problem

1
Can’t log into to manage my circle it tells me my passcode is wrong and when j fade the code sent to my phone I never re receive it...
By Chunt216

Probably the best device for managing kids time

5
I have the Disney Circle, not the Netgear version. I have tried multiple solutions for managing my kids internet time, and this is by far the best system. I find most of the complaints here actually irritating and nit picky. No system is perfect, I have tried many from installing open source software to other paid solutions, and this is the easiest to manage. And to the comments about it being easy to hack, seriously? If you have half an eye open you would spot it in the usage stats on the app. Granted making your kids online fit takes a holistic approach, but the circle has taken a massive weight off filtering internet content, and internet time management. My advice buy it, it’s worth the time you will save as your household network admin.
By Kolakidd

Remote access on by default

2
This was a big red flag when I installed the app. Before I installed the app I went into my Netgear Orbi and disabled this. Nobody should ever have remote access to your network, security 101. In the app, go to manage, at the bottom “Support Remote Access”, go in and it was turned on. Why on earth should they need to access to my network by default. They automatically get one star and I have children in my house so I am giving them one more for their filtering capabilities. I’m going to try it for a little while and see. Not a good starting point though.
By Shawn289H

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