Circle

Oct 03 2017

News - NETGEAR adds Circle support to select routers

Circle's ARP spoofing based Internet monitoring and control scheme is an interesting way to keep tabs on what your kids are doing with their devices. Previously, to make it work you had to add their $100 hardware device inside your network. Now, if you have one of the R7000 routers that NETGEAR is supporting you can play with the tech for free. Hard to see this as anything but a bonus, and a big one at that. Worst case, you don't use it. Network OEMs rarely add significant features to their kit, great to see NETGEAR adding something as significant as this to an "ancient" system. Hopefully, others will get the upgrade as well.

Sep 05 2016

News - OmarKnows Circle

I found out about Circle a few days ago and was very curious about how it works, because frankly it sounded awesome and scary at the same time. Fortunately, Omar was able to help me out there (Arp Spoofing) as well as provide a nice testimonial around how it works for his family. As my kids approach their teenage years, I'm starting to think that simple parental controls and parenting might not be enough - so I've been looking for something like this. That said, I'd much rather it was built into the router instead of using a technique that can be circumvented by a reasonably sophisticated user once they know it's there. But, I guess that's where Circle's MDM (shudder) product comes in.

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