Live Parental Control service based on OpenDNS will no longer be supported on NETGEAR devices as of December 31, 2021 due to challenges in maintaining the product and low usage. Effective April 1st, 2021 NETGEAR will remove support for Live Parental Controls from the NETEGAR genie app and from updated versions of their firmware.

Customers can continue to use OpenDNS for content and security filtering by directly setting up an account at

Do More with Circle® Smart Parental Controls

Circle® is the smart way for families to manage content and time online, on any device. Now available on supported NETGEAR routers. 


Manage What Your Teenager Can See and Do Online.

It’s an online world and teenagers and children have unprecedented access to it. For a parent, that can be a scary thought. How can you limit the time they spend online—all that chatting, gaming, social networking, shopping, and YouTubing? How will you protect them from potentially harmful and inappropriate material—without looking over their shoulder 24/7? NETGEAR Parental Controls is the answer. 

With Parental Controls, you can block inappropriate and dangerous sites, restrict access by time (for example, no Facebook during homework time) and category (adult, gaming, social media, etc.), and at the same time protect every device on your home network against adware and phishing through one central control point - your NETGEAR WiFi Router.

Learn the benefits of NETGEAR Parental Controls

Protect Your Customers and Employees Too.

And NETGEAR Parental Controls isn’t just for home use. For small businesses, schools, and other facilities offering free WiFi, Parental Controls provides smart protection, offering a simple, easy way to monitor and protect your customers, students or employees from unwanted Internet content and potential hackers.

Parental Controls blocks up to 50 categories of Internet content, and protects from identity theft and scams.


• Web-based interface – Allows remote management even when you’re away from home

• One centralized Internet site filter for all connected devices on the WiFi network

• Easy to configure with presets, category filters and custom lists 

• Set custom controls specific to the devices in your home to ensure each user has the appropriate level of access

• With category filters, you don’t need to know every site you want blocked, simply select the entire category, and let NETGEAR handle the rest 

• Safer Surfing – Blocks phishing, malware and botnet sites 

• Real-time Reliability – Community support to ensure accurate categorization  of new websites.  

• Custom access profiles and white list/black list customization provides easy exception flexibility 

• Bypass-user profiles lets you quickly and easily designate exceptions to rules for specific users