Why Pandora's Hope?
We have been using the pro version of this wireless router in our home for about 6 months and have had superior performance.
Setting up the router out of the box was really easy and very intuitive.
The Controls for Pandora's Hope
One of the things I liked most about the controls for the Pandora's Hope router was the large number of options for tweaking performance. For example, the interface allows the user to specify times of access for each device attached to the network, along with a default guest time allowance. So, if you want to have the kids' devices off from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. and have Mom's and Dad's devices on different schedules, you can.
There are also lots of setting options for the device itself. From the interface, you can enable or disable the router, change security settings, enable or disable port forwarding, modify universal Plug-n-Play settings, change and administer passwords and the like.
The Pandora's Hope router controls are easy to use and understand and can be managed by both a novice and an experienced user.
Pandora's Hope has a relatively easy "slider type" interface allowing the user to pick a predetermined blocking strategy between strict and relaxed. There is also an interface that allows the user to block certain types of sites such as drugs, gambling, guns and violence, malicious software and pornography. So there is a lot of flexibility built into the filtering system.
In addition, you can control image searches by blocking access to Google Images and to encrypted Google searches.
There is also an "exclude from filter" list that allows any device you specify to be not subject to filtering. This might be good for an adult's device or for something like a DVR or an Apple TV that might not play well with content filtering.
In addition to the router prices indicated earlier in the review, maintaining the up to date filtering data is $19.99 per year billed annually. Therefore, as new and dangerous websites hit the Internet, your family is always protected.
We have had occasion to use the support system just once when we were in the initial setup phase and had trouble figuring out the interface for time restrictions. Support staff was timely and helpful. The user manual is well written with lots of screenshots to help even the novice user successfully set up and manage the router and filtering.
We have loved our Pandora's Hope router. It has made the Internet experience a lot safer for our children, and it blocks content that we would rather not see as well. While it is a little pricier than similar wireless routers, the filtering and monitoring are quite robust and full-featured. Our experience has been nearly flawless and I recommend Pandora's Hope to any family who wants to take control of the Internet experience for their family on any wired or wireless devices you use.