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Circle - Circle Home Plus - White

Model: CIR2001SKU: 6332928

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Rating 3.8 out of 5 stars with 48 reviews

73%
would recommend to a friend

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Circle Home Plus

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    BrandonKfromHouston
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    This is a feature I've wanted on my home network for quite a while, and I'm happy to have it now. The standard setup is fairly quick and painless, but if you want to have stronger control of your devices you're going to spend a lot more time setting all that up. The standard setup connects the Circle Home Plus to your network and you can set up profiles for each device, as far as what to filter... these are in groups, so it's not terribly difficult to create a group and then add each device to its respective group from the app. Tighter reigns on devices require you to install the app on each and while the setup of each is quite simple, it will take some time to collect and go through the process with a multiple device household. Content blocking appears to work well. Great product!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Easy, simple setup

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    ScubaSteve
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    Setup is is as easy as downloading the app, answering the questions and plugging the device into your router. Setting up profiles is easy and the controls work. You can set controls by time limits, time of the day and age categories. Changing access as a reward to your kid as a plus. For example, you can extend bedtime or time to their limits as a reward. The first year of premium service is free. After that it will cost $10 per month. I believe this will be worth the cost for the powerful access control it provides to shield your family from inappropriate content on the internet.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Does What it Says but Needs Some Updates

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    BillK
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    The concept for this device is good and needed in this day and age. Parents need an easy way to track and control usage for their children as well as manage the system from anywhere. I found this device to be easy to set up on my network. the setup of the rules was fairly straightforward with a little work. It worked as it should and I was able to manage the system remotely. Im sure Circle will continue to work on the product and improve the device and app further. I think for the price, its worth the investment.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great idea, but does not work cross platforms

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    APFLORES413
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    My wife and I are all about limiting the screen time of our 2 children. We have tried timers and also verbal requests when they are not listening. So, we saw this Circle Home Plus and having the controls at the palm of our hands sounded like a good idea. We tried this filter for about a week before realizing how frustrating and howl limiting this device actually is. So here are my thoughts: Pros: -Easy setup. I am all about easy and painless setting up. The Circle device comes in a small box, nice and minimalistic design. There is just one outlet (that you can see) for the usb-c power cord. Around the gray circle, you can open it and find the Ethernet connector (if you do not have Wifi). I simply downloaded the app to my iPhone and was able to set up an account. You then can make several accounts (one for my, spouse, and my two children) for their many devices. I set up all 3 iPads, my iPhone XR, wife's iPhone 6 Plus, and my son's Sony Xperia. You can set up your device as Adult or Child, which is a nice way to differentiate devices. Cons: -My major issue was with the cross platform connection. As my son has an Android phone, there were issues on his phone. I could not enable his phone to use the app. His screen would freeze and I had to constantly close the app and try again. It would not work. My son wanted to use his phone but the Circle App continued to interrupt and I was not able to click "ok". It just froze and crashed and we both ended up very frustrated. This has been my experience and I feel there are certain bugs that need to be fixed. There were no issues among the Apple devices I own, but for some reasons I could not get it to work between Apple and Android systems.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent for controlling screen time

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    Olive
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    Very easy set up, app is very user friendly. It is great that you can control all the features from your phone. The downside is after a free year of premium membership it will require a monthly membership to keep all of the features you tried out for an entire year. If you are tech savvy you can purchase a router and set up parental controls, but Circle home plus makes the job easier, and this is why for most people the Circle Home plus is a great option. I tried out all of the premium features and love them because they cover all of the popular social apps. You can also set up rewards and the main thing is to limit internet time. Location services are great it allows peace of mind. If you are looking for an easy to use system to regulate internet use and at the same time reward them I would purchase this unit. I think the $129.99 price tag is a little step especially since you can purchase a router with a built in hard drive with these functions included. Also, after a year you have to pay a monthly fee to keep using the premium features. This is the main reason why I only gave it 4 stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A busy parent's best friend.

    Posted
    GeekGirl10
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    Simply put, The Circle Plus automates safety and security features you may have access to on your router and wifi-network. Its easy to set-up, set limits on what your children see on the internet and how long they stay connected. The device comes with a one year subscription to the premium service that allows you to see what websites your children visit. You can also be notified if your child disconnects from wifi to use data. You can set limits on different apps and websites as well. While other products you have in your home offer similar functionality, but it's a patchwork solution at best and takes time to decipher. The Circle is an easy, quick, and centralized way to keep your family safe on the web.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Tech Control for the Non-Techie

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    Trobadour
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    This review will cover two things: The Circle Home Plus (white cube-looking device) and the Premium Membership. ---SETUP--- The Circle Home Plus (CHP) is a white cube-looking device that connects to your router initially for setup via an included ethernet cable. During my setup, I struggled to get the device recognized by the CIRCLE app even though my phone was connected to the same network that the CHP was connected to. I closed and reopened the app 5 times and on the 5th try, it recognized the CHP. After it recognizes the network, you will see in the APP all connected devices to that network, whether it is by WiFi or by ethernet to your router. Afterwords, I strongly recommend that you switch all devices to the HOME profile, as everyone in my household lost internet use during setup until I switched all devices to HOME profile and set the filter level of HOME to NONE. From there, you can proceed to identify the devices that need their individual filters. ---FEATURES--- The key feature of the CHP are that it will allow you to control all devices connected to your home network from one phone remotely, can work connected to the router with an ethernet cable or via WiFi, and has a backup battery that will last up to 2 hours if people in your home disconnect it, whether intentionally or not. ---PERFORMANCE--- The performance of the CHP was great, other than the initial setup hiccup. After the first stages of setup, you can then connect it to your WiFi network and can change the location of the CHP to a place out of reach of children. Should prying fingers make their way to the CHP and disconnect it, the backup battery will kick in and your admin phone device will get a notification that the CHP has been disconnected, giving you up to 2 hours to reconnect it. I plugged it in and made my personal Xbox One X as a HOME device with no filter and was able to game online with no issues. I then restricted it by giving myself a bedtime restriction and it worked as it should, not allowing me to game while the device was on bedtime. Pausing of the internet worked great as well, as it allowed me to pause the internet on any device in my WiFi network. As new devices were coming into the home (say, your children haven't arrived from school after you set up the CHP), your phone gets a notification that a new device has connected to the network, allowing you to open your app and apply the restrictions as needed. What really surprised me was that if your children decide to simply turn off the WiFi and use their own phone data, you can install the free CIRCLE app to their mobile device (Android or iPhone) and set their device as a child device. This will initiate a local VPN install to their device and that's what allows you to also control and filter what they do on the phone even if they are not on your home WiFi. The CIRCLE app gives you instructions on how to prevent your children from simply deleting the CIRCLE app. After you install their app, your admin profile will show you their device and you can activate additional features available only with the premium membership, such as showing you their location via GPS. ---PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP--- With the purchase of a Circle Home Plus, you will get a 1 year premium membership, which activates when you scan a QR code located on your device. It took me some digging up on their website to find out what the actual price of the membership is, but I found it. After the free year is over, you can continue the premium membership for 9.99 a month, as of the writing of this review. You won't automatically get charged at the end of the year, as you need to add a credit card on the profile that you create in setup in order for that to happen. Once a child device has been added, it was easier to manage bedtime on a child phone, disable specific apps either completely or for a specific time, and allow you to restrict search engines for clean websites such as Google Safe Search or YouTube Restricted. ---EXPECTATIONS--- The product exceeds my expectations in terms of what it can do but there are some caveats. For starters, with a little know-how or YouTube video searches, one can figure out that most of these settings that the CHP can do, your router can too without the cost. Of course, if you are not tech savvy, the CHP will save you plenty of trouble and headaches of figuring out exactly how your router can do all of these things, because routers don't exactly have the most user friendly menus. Additionally, I wish that Circle was more up-front of the pricing of the membership without having to dig too much. I'm sure that's part of the marketing as to not dissuade potential customers from buying the product, but it should be noted that you don't even need to buy the Circle Home Plus (white cube-like device) to use the mobile features. If all you want to do is monitor what your children are doing on their phones, you can simply pay the month to month fee of 9.99 without ever installing or buying the CHP. That service alone is definitely worth the price for peace of mind and security of your children's browsing habits. ---VALUE--- The price for the Circle Home Plus in terms of value is great considering that if you pay full price for the Circle Home Plus device, you are essentially paying upfront for a full year and getting the CHP for 9.99 before tax. ---APPROVAL--- I highly recommend this product for people who want to monitor their children's internet surfing habits, phone usage, and app access remotely from anywhere in the world. I would even recommend school superintendents and principals to look into getting something like this for their district, as I can see educators not having to worry about picking up cell-phones.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good Option - but not for me

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    cjviscito
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    We have 2 young girls in our house and I'm always monitoring their digital time. I had been looking at the Circle with Disney at the store for a while, so when I saw Circle Plus I thought I'd give it a shot. Setting up was straightforward enough, hook it up to my router and set up the app. We used it for about a week or so before I made the choice to unplug it. I wasn't really seeing any value outside of the Screentime settings on my girls' iPad minis. We already control their content and screen time settings on those devices and having to have something manage settings on top of already managed settings seemed a bit redundant. If you're less technically inclined, or don't want to have to go through the trial and error of setting up Screentime on Apple devices, or have kids that will try and sneak gadget time after you've told them no - then this product might be what you're looking for. The premium features require a subscription, but I didn't see the point for us... so YMMV.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very useful

    Posted
    ARBaldridge
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    I found the Circle to very easy to install and set up on our network. It has the ability to customize filter levels. You can also change the settings right from the app and they take effect immediately. Allows parents to set times for device use. Records all sites devices visit and can turn WiFi access off for specific users. Another great feature is the ability to send rewards and set bedtimes. Will help families protect from things they don't want to see and set limits on screen time. Purchase of the device includes 1 year subscription to all features.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Simple Family Online controls

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    SgtRock
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    With three kids in my house having control over internet usage (both time and content) is a struggle, so the Circle sounded like the perfect device to help me keep an eye on our myriad of devices from one central location. The cube itself is fairly unobtrusive, though you'll need a free LAN port on your modem (which are at a premium anymore from all the devices needing one...). That is probably the biggest drawback to it. I actually have a few home networks, so I decided the circle into my 'family' network that the kids use--a modem I have coming in from a wired outlet connected to my main modem. Our family PC, as well as a wireless modem the kids connect to for gaming are all coming through that modem, so it made the most sense to connect it there. Set up was very easy, once I got the Circle app downloaded (make sure you have the correct app--there is a Disney app that's very close in name to the circle app). It walked me through step-by-step. While connecting and set up took a few minutes, it found the Circle device, and EVERY piece of equipment on the network no problem. From there you can get as simple or complex as you want--you can shut the internet down from the modem it's attached to, or shut access off to any specific device. You can set time limits, block certain apps, and even block specific websites from any internet browser in use on any device connected to the modem. You can set up profiles for each person in your family, as well as profiles for each device that's connected. It's as complicated as you want it to be, but still easy enough for a beginner to understand. Your need for a device like this will basically come down to a couple of things: how much control do you want over your devices, and how tech savvy are you? If you want even a little control (like time limits) but aren't tech-savvy, then you definitely want this. If you want a lot of control but don't want the headache of doing all this yourself---which is possible without the device, but not real easy to do--then you want this. For someone with a large family like mine, that has a lot of devices, this app is great--it tells you when a new device joins the network, and you can see what is going on with any device on the network at any time. It's perfect for my wife, who likes to set time limits, while making sure my kids are actually reading on their kindle rather than playing a game. It also lets her block ratings, websites, etc, which she loves. After a year you pay for the use of the app, so basically with the cost of the device you're getting a year's use thrown in. Once the year is up you should have a great idea if this is for you or not--which is one of the better trial prices you'll find for something as advanced as this. For me the biggest caveat was needing to tie up a LAN port, but if you have plenty free on your modem (or use a secondary 'family' modem) hopefully you'll have the room.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice for home network watching but bad interface

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    ElectronicJunkie
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    I see promise in the Circle Home Plus but there is a need for a better interface. I really do enjoy having the live notifications when a new product is added but there is no way to easily rename it on the fly. I spent hours and hours getting all the devices renamed and figured out on my network just to be lost after the Circle either reset itself, updated or had a power glitch, I still do not know what happened to this day. There is great features on the unit when it is setup correctly. Setting times for my kids on their devices is key and I love it for that reason alone. Also, like I noted above, live notifications of when devices are added is a top reason to add this to your home. Once they make the interface more user friendly and add live changes to the app for names, it will really be a top choice in any home. Also, getting the circle to work with Amazon tablets is not the easiest and needs work on their end. Most parents cannot afford good tablets for their kids and Fire tablets are cheap but the Amazon Fire does not work well with Circle Home Plus. I will keep this unit working and hopefully they respond with some insight, I really want this unit to work better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Keep your family's media under control!

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    tmcgo510
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    The circle is a really cool device for families who have children old enough to use the web for streaming videos, video games, and social media. In a time where kids have more access than ever to the internet, as a parent you must remain vigilant to your child's online behavior. The circle allows you to monitor usage, control what applications can be used, or completely shut down the internet to your child's device. You can schedule "bed times" and also give your children points towards more screen time as a reward system. The only downfall about this system is, after your first year, you must pay a monthly subscription fee. That is why I only gave the Circle 4 stars. Setup was easy enough, just plug it into the wall with the included USB C charger and plug in a network cable into your home router. Download the Circle app on your device, make an account, and then add all your family devices to it. From there, you can manage all your family's internet presences and keep track of what they are doing. The internet can be a great tool or a bad place, it depends on how you use it. With Circle, you will have the tools to help your family stay safe online!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Optimum Home Network Management Solution

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    AcurNet
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    The Circle Home Plus is an excellent home network monitoring tool. The unit is very easy to setup. It takes maybe 10 minutes to complete the installation and install the app. The dashboard has a nice display and shows you a collection of information about your network. Some of the metrics included are usage time, number of connected devices, the ability to pause network services, and network throughput and more. You can even drill down into the details of specific devices on your network. The high-speed network interface and wireless support ensures I can handle all of my daily tasks with ease. No lagging, no disconnect issues. I would definitely recommend the Circle Home Plus. It will keep you informed and in control of your home network.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    do not see why this is here

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    ravedave
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    I am a decently pretty tech savvy guy, I have a lot of things on my network, and I do like to monitor it. I have roommates that are internet hogs,visitors, and IoT devices I thought might be fun to hook up to this. I do have an ATT home WiFi router and have it pretty much locked down. All my IoT devices are on the guest network, with guests. This devices partially duplicates what I have already done with a new device to add to the network. Setup was moderately easy, my router and security settings didn't like it the first couple of tries. I had to make a new profile for each of my roommates (don't even ask about the IoT devices I wanted to just add). Then give them permissions (duplicated whats on my router). All of the settings were pretty easily bypasses by my non tech savvy roommates and friends that came over. If you have non tech savvy kids, and dont want to delve into how a router works and have some extra cash. Other than that, save your money and spend it on some extra fun stuff

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy Home Filter

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    KaneM7
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    This device was easy to setup. Simple plug in and connect via app. This device quickly captured all my devices on the network with ARP. Once this was done, I just had to setup my user profiles. I setup Home, Kids, Adult. Each had a different profile but mostly I focused on the kids. I was able to set several filters and time limits for their devices. Its was very easy to do. I did have an issue where the device was blocking a site but there wasn't a event log or any notification on the IPAD, I think this is a good product that provides a fantastic service to non-technical users. I just want more information and the ability to manage via desktop rather than my mobile. Highly recommended for the concerned parent that wants to monitor utilization and control content for their kids.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not yet Ready for Prime Time

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    kb124
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    We tried this filter for about a week before giving up. We have two girls, and thought we needed a filter, and hoped this would do the trick. Granted there are a few positives and a few negatives that I discovered with this filter. It was reasonably easy to set up, and it has an app! However, it did slow down the wifi; I could not customize it the way I wanted, the time limits never worked correctly. It did block certain websites; "that we did not want to block," and allowed others in that should have been prevented! I decided to pull the plug and call it a learning experience. I possibly could have continued to work with it, and get the thing to work better, but I guess, it was not worth my time. I hope others will have better luck with it because it could be a useful product. It needs to be easier to work and setup. I hope this offered some helpful information. I do not want to appear all negative in this review.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Momager & Dads Unite-Sorry Kids

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    Txstatesal
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    For the parents who know their kids have access to every device, you want them to know and live with technology but you also want to reign it in! The Circle Home is just that and more. My favorite part is that as a youngster it was easy to take away my tech but my parents never understood how to reward me with time and my toys. This cube does! You can set rewards for a profile on your network as a gift for doing chores or homework which is neat! We have a small daycare in another town and so we will probably add this to the center. I can see all the squirming that the kids will do when they aren't listening and realize their internet has been limited. There is so much balance to be had with the Circle through lots of features like GPS tracking a little one in case they are playing in the backyard or viewing their history to make sure that they are researching their homework topics. Not just for kids though, you can add teen and adult profiles so the Circle Home has applicable features for each person in the home. It was so easy to set up and it doesn't need to stay wired through ethernet either so you can have it look like a small art piece on a book shelf or side table for conversation as well. Now you do have to pay for access to premeium features after a year but that would give me enough time to evaluate the value for the whole family this device brings. Ultimately a game changer for a busy household where no one wants to forfeit screen time. Now it is not an option, if mom and dad choose!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    With some work and patience, it's great!

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    UncleRico
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    This review was for the Circle Home Plus being setup and managed from and Galaxy S8+. This had me stumped for a bit. It is not so plug and play and takes some understanding of what you are getting into and what it can do. Basic physical installation out of the box can be done in a matter of minutes. And in all fairness, it can be setup "relatively" quickly if you knew what you were doing. You'd have to have the right app for your phone, plug in the device to a spare Ethernet port on your router and power the device via the included 5v adapter or a spare USB power in the installation area. You have to register your device via the app and then follow the setup to walk you through the most basic things. You will need to add and test the devices you want to control. The circle will sniff the network and list the devices and for some devices a mac ID or "Android device" is about all the description your going to get. In lieu of specific match or if you knew how it works, you would only turn on the device when you are ready to add it and a Circle-App pop-up will tell you that "generic" device was added to the network. Another example of what is not so basic is if you have any problems with other devices on your network, there is a "router compatible" setting. Again, take the time and get through the nuisances. The Good: For me the Cirlce Home Plus came at a good time to a house with two pre-teen girls who love their tablet time. This is beyond the simple schedule in the router being able to just turn on or off their Wi-Fi on a schedule. Yes, there are monitoring apps and discussions and many pieces to the puzzle to try to keep ahead of your kids in this scary world of online dos and don'ts. As a parent, you just can't simply rely on "Trust" or think they are your friend and will no go or do what you tell them. It is what it is. Basically, they can use a limited version of their YouTube and search web for their homework but they are now going through the circle service and it is blocking things like adult content, Mail, chat and a few specific programs. To me, this is money well spent. At least the first year is included and we'll revisit this next year when the subscription comes do. If it is working like it is today, it will get continued. Again, I had frustrations getting familiar and then everything completely setup. Expect to be frustrated, take a break for a day or two and then get back at it. Some of the filters weren't so straight forward and I had to have the girl's tablets in front of me to test to make sure specific programs weren't getting through. An example was Snap Chat. There wasn't a button for it and I had to play with the filter buttons to find which one it was that was actually blocking it. Ultimately, I was able to and it just wasn't straight forward as one would think. You're paying for a service upfront. In that service you are expecting the company to be updating their filters of adult content and keep kids safe. With that said, there is no 100% anything, but this is pretty close. I would not recommend this to people who have never setup something like a basic router - type level of experience. I would recommend this to people who are basic to intermediate tech savvy and don't mind getting App dirty. Or if you are just willing to do the work and grind it out to figure it all out, read online and make it work. You have to dive right in, figure it out, test it and actively set it up to see the results and enable it If you can do that then I think its well worth the price to protect our kids.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Control wifi use in home

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    MrAnubisKitty
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    I couldn't give this 5 stars, but it might be more of 4.5 than 4 stars. I need more time with it. It's a great idea, good product, but I had a little difficulty with it. It's still very new, and I feel like it will continue to have updates to the software that will improve functionality, particularly with the app. I followed the steps to get started, going from the website to Google Play to install the app on my phone, then adding the app to two devices to start with, planning to add additional devices over time. It allows the main user to set up profiles and add devices to that profile. It could be one individual, or maybe apply to all of the kids, and a different profile for teens or adults. Devices connecting to the home network will be recognized by the Circle Home Plus, and it will identify them, but will leave them as unmanaged until they are designated in some other way, such as adding to a profile. There isn't much as far as instructions, but most devices these days just give you basic instructions, and expect you to visit the website or install an app to assist with the rest of setup and use. The Circle is the same way, and it requires the app on at least one device to get started. I had no problems adding the app to Android devices or the iPad, and they worked fine the first day. Part of setup includes plugging the Circle into the router via ethernet cable, but then the app has you set it up to connect using WiFi, so it's capable of using either source to connect. The second day, I was working on setting some limits, and paused two devices to see how that part works. Then the app crashed on my phone, and wouldn't work even after clearing cache, or clearing data after that. I just wouldn't work; I had to uninstall, and reinstall using mobile date, because the wifi wouldn't work either, not for the two devices that were paused, or other devices that I had not paused, like my phone. I had to go back in and set the app back up, unpause the devices, and then the internet worked for all devices again. This was a problem! I didn't realize it would prevent devices connected to the device from accessing the internet, even when not actually paused. I think that as they apply updates to the app, and work out some bugs, this is a great way to set limits for device usage, and even certain websites or apps, such as social media. Profiles can be set up for children, teens, adults or no restrictions at all. For adults, it can be a reminder of a preferred 'bedtime', and it can be used to reward kids by giving extra time. It allows the 'parent' to set a time for internet to end for a device, or for daily limits. These can easily be changed through the app, which worked fine again once reinstalled. In spite of the issue I had with the app, I would recommend this device. It was a nuisance for a short while, as I reinstalled the app. There were no issues with setup or with any of the hardware. It's still new, and I've only been using it a few days, so it will be an adjustment for our household. I really like the options it provides. If I continue to have other problems, I'll update the review, but for now I recommend the Circle Home Plus device.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great for Some

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    jailoliv
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    The internet is a wild beast and parents need to protect their children from inappropriate content, dangerous sites and excess time spent on the screen. The Circle Plus does all that. If you do not already have a built-in tool that does the same thing on your router, the Circle is great. The app is easy to use although it requires some manual work to set up profiles. The big limitation is that you actually control devices, not users. What that means is that if you allow some and prevent other members of the family to access a site or application, you will have to make sure that they do not share their devices. Worse, if all they have is one device, then you are out of luck, unless you grant the same access to all. Of course, most if not all similar tools for home use have this limitation. Limitations apart, the behave-and-you-get-more-time-or-access reward is a welcome idea and makes it sound less dictatorial. Also, the fact that you can add devices to a profile is good as it allows you to control more than one device at a time. It is especially useful when access is similar to more than one family member. Subscription is probably my biggest criticism. Many modern Wi-Fi routers come with similar tools built-in and the service is free in most cases. The Circle Plus seems to be easier for many parents and if you do not own one of those routers, it is definitely worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend