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Setting schedule for LAN Port

StevenHart965
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My son ran a Ethernet cable from back of Nest router directly to PC and wondering if I can set that LAN port on a schedule with filters. Wifi already has schedules but feel he set up system that skirts around rules

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MichaelP
Diamond Product Expert
Diamond Product Expert

Hello @StevenHart965 

The scheduling feature in Google/Nest WiFi uses the "MAC" address that each computer has on each of the interfaces it can use to connect to a network. So, for example, your son's computer has an Ethernet port and a WiFi interface. Those each have their own unique MAC address. So, it will show up as two different devices (perhaps with the same name) in the Google Home app's WiFi device list. You should be able to add both of them to a schedule.

All of that said, if your son ran an Ethernet cable in order to get around a schedule, he likely knows (or can easily figure out) how to change the MAC address on either the Ethernet or WiFi interfaces in order to get around the restriction another way. I found using Microsoft's "Family" feature to be more effective in terms of controlling screen time. Apple has a similar feature called "Screen Time". These work at the operating system level, and while they aren't perfect, either, they are at least more effective tools than trying to solve this at the network level.

LovelyM
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hello everyone, 

@MichaelP, thanks for sharing this helpful input.

@StevenHart965, I'm checking in to see if you still need help. Please tell me if you have other questions or concerns. I want to make sure you're all good now.

Best, 
Lovely

LovelyM
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi StevenHart965, 

Checking in should you have any concerns or questions you need help with. Let us know by replying to this thread. 

Cheers,
Lovely

LovelyM
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hey StevenHart965,

It's me again. I'll be locking this thread in the next 24 hours. If you have new issues, updates or discussion topics, feel free to start a new thread here in the Community.

Thanks,
Lovely