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WiFi should be porn off by default

mckennagene
Community Member

Nest WiFi family mode is almost great. It can give us a porn free home wifi. Safe-Search is Wonderful.   It's just too hard to manually have to put devices into family mode one device at a time. Because family mode is also how you set time restrictions, you can't just put every device Into family mode or you will inadvertently remove your wife's ability to use the internet after 9:00 pm or your daughters ability to print school papers after 9:00. Please give an option to say I don't want porn on my wifi as a default. Let me choose to apply that to all devices. Then let me decide which devices turn off at 9:00 pm or whenever.  The way you have it now every kid who shows up to my house with a new device can easily find porn unless I am there to manually recognize the new device (which will have some terrible, vague name like Android or cmg32gha4j) and then move it to the family network.  Please help make the internet porn free by default. Let us opt into porn if we want it. If you have team members with kids, please have them use this product. 

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David_K
Platinum Product Expert
Platinum Product Expert

It's a shame a device can't be in more than one group/label at the moment, otherwise you could achieve this that way. I’d encourage you to also send this feedback directly to Google. You will not receive a response, unless Google need more details from you, however the team are still reading the feedback.

In the meantime, I'd recommend using something like Cloudflare's 1.1.1.1 with Families. By changing your Nest Wifi's DNS settings it will automatically block adult websites as well as known malware websites for all your devices. If that sounds good:

  1. Open the Google Home app.
  2. Tap Favorites > Wifi > Network settings > Advanced networking > DNS settings.
  3. Tap Custom.
  4. Enter 1.1.1.3 in the first box.
  5. Enter 1.0.0.3 in the second box.
  6. Leave the last 2 boxes blank.
  7. Tap Save.
  8. Tap the Save icon at the top right.

mckennagene
Community Member

Thanks David, I pasted it into google's form and I appreciate the cloudflare tip. I wasn't aware of that.  Will give it a try.

LovelyM
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hello everyone,

I appreciate your help, @David_K

@mckennagene, thanks for reaching out. Have you tried the troubleshooting steps that David suggested? Let me know if that did the trick or not, so we can try something else. 

Cheers, 
Lovely

David_K
Platinum Product Expert
Platinum Product Expert

No problem, let us know how it goes!

mckennagene
Community Member

Ok, that seems to work. It took a few times because the UI on the DNS settings doesn't automatically save as one would expect. There is a very non-standard little floppy disk icon that you have to press after you enter the DNS settings. I guess that is what you mean by tap Save Icon. It's like a UI designer from the 90s came back from the dead. 😉 But I've given it a bit of testing and it seems to work. I tried to turn safe search off and it says I can't because a parent or admin has set it this way.

This is how I would expect a home WiFi system to work by default or at least that owners of the home WiFi system could press 1 button and make it behave like this. I don't know why Nest team feels porn should flow so easily through every home, but I am glad to have a work around. thank you. 

David_K
Platinum Product Expert
Platinum Product Expert

No problem!

mckennagene
Community Member

ok, this doesn't work. it is super easy to bypass. you just put in a different dns server on your device, e.g. 8.8.8.8, and you can again go to any website you want and find anything in search again. it needs to be blocked at the router. 

mckennagene
Community Member

So does anyone know a real solution? How to make the Nest WiFi block porn by default? 

David_K
Platinum Product Expert
Platinum Product Expert

You are right and there's no way to avoid that. If you think those using their devices are savvy enough to go and change their DNS settings on their device to workaround this, you're going to need to look at parental control features on the device itself. At that point, Nest Wifi settings can't help any further unfortunately. Examples:

iPhone/iPad
Use parental controls on your child's iPhone, iPad and iPod touch – Apple Support (UK)

Android
Sign your child in on an Android device - Google For Families Help
Chrome & your child's Google Account - Google For Families Help

mckennagene
Community Member

crap, you are right. and it's worse than that. even if you put a device in your nest home wifi family network, its bypassed the same easy way and teenager can figure out. odd how hard it is as a parent to try to have a house network that doesn't have porn on it. are all the solutions simply a blacklist of domain names (and not ip addresses)

mckennagene
Community Member

It looks like answers to home wifi are along the lines of buying a business class VPN for your home, or there is a product from Bark called Bark Home that actually filter content for devices connected to it independent of their dns settings. It seems crazy to me that a parent can buy a Nest Home WiFi and then have to pay a monthly fee to another company just to not have their kids viewing porn. it seems like a modicum of thought by the Nest team could solve this.

Juni
Community Specialist
Community Specialist

Hi folks,

 

Thanks for the help here, David_K.

 

mckennagene, thanks for reaching out. I hope you got the answer you were looking for. We appreciate people who are keen on sharing their thoughts with us. We're always looking for ways to improve. You may use the link provided in this thread to submit feedback, as every bit of feedback helps a ton.

 

Regards,

Juni