2nd edition Circle available- Disney removed from name
So got an email today about the new 2nd edition Circle being available. They are calling it the “Circle Home Plus”. I have to admit, I still use my first edition Disney Circle on my kids VLAN today, the time limits and shutoff time alone are worth it. While they aren’t perfect (can’t set what is LAN vs WAN on time usage) they are subscription free and work. My biggest complaint after getting fiber was the speed of the unit. This new unit seems to address that issue with a faster processor and 1Gbe Ethernet connection. They also claim to introduce a new, “Optimized cloud-based solution to deliver a more consistent and reliable experience”.
Another big change appears to use a new app and new login system. I am sure this is due to Disney being removed from the name. So all profiles and filters have to be re-setup which is a bummer but not to cumbersome.
Now for the really really bad news they hide in the fine print. They are going subscription based. The unit includes one year but after that premium features are a whopping $10 a month. Given that options like Clean Browsing.org are cheaper for content filtering this seems really high. Looks like my kids VLAN will be stuck at a slower speed than my fiber for the continued time being.
Basic features Premium features Filter Time Limits Off Time Usage Pause Rewards History Bedtime Location
Purchase includes 1-year membership with access to all premium features. $9.99/month after first year. Source