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Hitron CODA 4582 Device Filtering

DaltryRog
I've Been Here Awhile

Hi, on phone 1 hour last evening with Rogers Support and they are stumped as well. I need to have device filtering configured on my wifi access on new Hitron CODA 4582.  The firmware is capable, however, specifically I need to limit the hours of access for various devices (by MAC Addresses) during specific hours (block wifi access after 8pm and allow after 8am next day). . The firmware allows you to add a device to the list of managed devices no problem. You can then select the time to start "managing the devices" and can specify the days, start and end times for blocking the device.  The format is military time (i.e. 20:00pm start to 08:00am end).  The issue is the firware gives an "invalid date format" when you enter a time period that spans over into a next day. For instance, no problem having device "blocked" from 20:00 pm to 23:59pm ....however if you want to block from 20:00pm to 08:00am the following day.."invalid date format".  We tried several work-arounds: 1. Tried to enter two separate periods in the day to "block" (example: 00:01am to 08:00am AND 20:00pm to 23:59 on the same day) - but the firware does not appear to allow more than 1 blocked period for a device in a day. 2. We tried to enter the MAC Address of the device in the Managed List a second time (thinking that perhaps we could then register different block periods for each entry...No luck - the Hitron Firware only allows one entry of a specific MAC Address in the managed list.  I don't know what else to try (and neither did Rogers Support).  My previous Bell modem/router - which was very outdated had the ability to block devices during multiple periods within the same day and spanning days.  The CODA 4582 seems to be very rudimentary...max 1 block period and it has to be within the same 24 hour period of a day. Anyone have any advice or a solution ? (If you do, you will have shown up Rogers Technmical Support .....as well as Google - because nobody seems to have identified this shortcoming. For now I have blocking configured from 20:00 pm to 23:59pm each day....it is only a matter of time until the "teens" figure out that it is unblocked after midnight  :-).  

 

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Re: Hitron CODA 4582 Device Filtering

Hello @Boddingtons & @Dogbear,

 

Welcome to the Community Forums.

 

Many thanks for sharing your tips.  It's users like you two that make the Community a great place to find help!

 

Keep up the great work!

 

RogersShaun

Re: Hitron CODA 4582 Device Filtering

Dogbear
I've Been Here Awhile

Hi RogersShaun,

 

I found the info on the Forum. I just confirmed it works. 

Thank you.

Dogbear

Re: Hitron CODA 4582 Device Filtering

ClinOnc
I've Been Around

NVM. I just realized that for this to work you have to select the “Allow Listed” button, which disconnects everything else!

 

HELPFUL TIP

Instead of trying to BLOCK a device from, say, 23:00 to 07:00, try doing the opposite: ALLOW the device from 07:00 to 23:00. This way, you are not trying to create a timeframe that spans midnight (i.e., two different days of the week).

 

This is how I set it up — after changing the SNTP setting to my time zone of GMT+5 — and it seems to work perfectly!

 

My partner and I now only allow our devices between the hours of 07:00 and 23:00, which gets us to bed at a decent time.

 

Hope this helps!

Re: Hitron CODA 4582 Device Filtering

MrMontagoose
I Plan to Stick Around

The feature set on this router is well-matched to the level of its user interface. 

 

You cannot *assign* a name to a managed device (if your kid doesn't name their device or, worse, names it specifically to avoid this, then you have to memorize MAC addresses).  You cannot have multiple blocks (timezone change helps with blocking over midnight but still doesn't solve the multiple blocks issue).  You can't (easily) unblock a device temporarily ("But dad, I have to have wifi for homework!"); you can un-manage it (so you'd better keep that MAC address written down somewhere) or temporarily set a different block time (while navigating around the fact that your modem is 4 hours ahead of your time -- or is that 4 hours behind?)  You have a two-step save with Apply and then Save Changes.  The interface is pretty awful when using it on a 5" cellphone screen.  The modem itself is flaky and about one in five times it times out while you're Saving Changes, except you don't see the error unless you scroll way back up (this one may be a small-screen only problem).

 

What I want -- what I *NEED* -- is the ability to pick up my phone (not laptop, not turn on my desktop) and say "Hey google, disable wifi access for Sarah until 7 am".

 

Has anyone figured out how to block specific sites at certain times?  For example, I don't want them playing League past 11 on a school night.  How do I do that?

Re: Hitron CODA 4582 Device Filtering

Googles new mesh network access points.. might be controllable in that way? (via voice)

 

 

As for the filtering.. you have to go to a MUCH MUCH more advanced router to even get close to that.

I have used a few different fairly expensive 3rd party routers with much better filtering.. and still cant block that granularity per time blocks.