Hello, I recently got Google wifi along with Google nest mesh whole house wifi. One of the things I am interested in doing is having some control over my kids internet usage. I am trying to figure out how to let them connect to the home network without them having the passcode. Basically I want to group each kid's devices to that kid and be able to paus, schedule outage...etc. But how do I do that without them being able to circumvent our (wife and I) control by having the password?
The built in family control for devices blocks devices from reaching the internet when you pause a device from Google Home, while devices are still connected to Nest Wifi by Wi-Fi. So it has nothing to do with the Wi-Fi connection and thus Wi-Fi password.
But: Both the Family Wi-Fi/ parantal control and the pausing functionality has been broken by design ever since MAC randomization became a thing years ago. More on MAC randomization from:
• Apple: https://support.apple.com/en-ca/guide/security/secb9cb3140c/web
• Google / Android: https://source.android.com/docs/core/connect/wifi-mac-randomization-behavior
• Microsoft Windows: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/ac58de34-35fc-31ff-c650-823fc48eb1bc
You should probably look at controlling access on a different level, for instance the device itself. With products like:
• Apple screen time: https://support.apple.com/en-ca/guide/ipad/ipadb15cb886/ipados
• Google Family Link: https://families.google.com/familylink
• Microsoft Family Safety: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/family-safety