Weird problem with parental controls disappearing on T3200M

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jujubehead
Just Moved In

I'm trying to use the parental controls on the T3200M.

 

Looking in the "Advanced Settings" screen, the menu item on the left for parental controls was not there at all.

 

The admin home screen showed "Filtering/Blocking: Disabled", so I contacted Telus Support and they suggested resetting the router to factory settings. We reset the router and the home screen changed to "Filtering/Blocking: Enabled", and the parental controls menu item in the advanced settings was available.

 

I fiddled with it for a bit, only to come back the next morning and find that it had gone back to "Disabled" and the parental controls menu item disappeared again. No way to enable it. Super frustrating!

 

Anyone know what's happening here? How can I get access to parental controls?

 

(No one else would be messing with it, my kids aren't old enough to know what a router is)

 

Thanks.

 


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worldtel
Connector

Hi there,

 

I have an update. Working with a couple resources from TELUS support management and development they have confirmed that the TELUS My Wi-Fi app is the supported replacement for the parental controls in the T3200M modem. This change is effective with the last firmware upgrade to the modem, version 31.164L.22.

 

Reverting to firmware 31.164L.18 or lower, through a factory reset of the modem, will restore the original Blocking/Filtering section with parental controls in the T3200M modem, however the workaround would be temporary as the modem will continue to pickup the latest firmware from TELUS and perform an automatic update.  The new firmware is more secure than .18 so this is likely not a recommended solution.

 

The parental controls in the TELUS My Wi-Fi app have some know limitations compared to the original T3200M-based controls:

 

  1. Scheduling: Some devices cannot be paused or included in the child profiles  (Ex TELUS Optik STB). TELUS Optik PVRs work fine. 
  2. Filtering/Blocking: There is no definable web or protocol filtering, other than the generic option to filter out Adult content based on age ratings.

To filter specific apps, such as YouTube, TikTok or Pokemon. If you own an Apple device with Family Sharing setup, there is a relatively new setting called Screen Time that has proven to be an absolute life savior for our family's balancing of digital time: https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT208982

 

There are similar options provided by Microsoft for Windows and Android (https://support.google.com/families/answer/7103340?hl=en), but I am less familiar with them and do not want to stray to far off thread here.

 

Hope this helps.

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amam
Connector
The same thing happened to me just today!! I logged on and out several times and turned the modem off and on. Nothing. Called tech support and they did a factory reset. I have it back now but this is often telus' common fix for almost everything. It's frustrating because it knocks out all the parental controls etc. Resetting modem should be a last resort, not the first solution.
amam
Connector
The parental controls have disappeared once again, even after the factory reset. This is now the second time in less than a week. I just spoke with tech support again and she said this is the first time they've ever heard of it and nobody has reported this issue before! So I guess jujubehead and my report didn't count! Anybody else's parental controls disappeared in their GUI advanced setup?
worldtel
Connector

I have also lost the parental controls.  I have actually lost all the Blocking/Filtering section seen here circled in yellow:

 

worldtel_0-1605577419509.png

 

I am currently on the phone holding in the 1 hour support queue to see why this is happening and if it can be resolved.

 

Once thing I noticed under my Upgrade History was that my T3200M's firmware was upgraded in September from 31.164L.18 to 22.  This could be the culprit:

09/23/202012:43 AMACS
Complete
31.164L.22

 

I will keep you posted.

xray
Guardian
Looks like firmware 31.164L.22 may be the culprit. I'm still on 31.164L.18 and I see the settings.
T-Man
Just Moved In

Any update on this issue? I have the same problem.

worldtel
Connector

I am working with a TELUS support manager and higher tier support resources on the issue.

They have confirmed that this is an issue and that the Blocking/Filtering section with the Parental Control service should still be available. 

The TELUS support agent also confirmed that the issue is not firmware related, or not directly related, as they are running the latest .22 and still have the Parental Controls available.

 

One thing I have noticed is that there is a newer Parental Control service available in the TELUS My Wi-Fi app which works if you have the TELUS Boost Wi-Fi boosters connected to your T3200M modem.  It allows, scheduling and parental content control and has served as a partial work around. The only limitation to this control is that it cannot control devices hardwired with ethernet on your network.

 

TELUS has asked me to perform a factory reset to restore the Filtering/Blocking and Parental Controls service in the modem,  If that fails they have offered to replace it outright.

 

I will keep you posted on my progress.

cwant
Neighbour

I installed the Telus My Wifi app yesterday, and the blocking/filtering controls disappeared. I wonder if these two events are related? Do others having this problem also have the My Wifi app installed?

cwant
Neighbour

Would love to get this stuff sorted out. With kids at home for school due to COVID, it's less the adult sites that need blocking, and more the distractions (youtube, games, Pokemon, etc.). Having some control over this would be great (whether it is with the Actiontec modem, or with the My Wifi app, don't care which, as long as it works).

 

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worldtel
Connector

Hi there,

 

I have an update. Working with a couple resources from TELUS support management and development they have confirmed that the TELUS My Wi-Fi app is the supported replacement for the parental controls in the T3200M modem. This change is effective with the last firmware upgrade to the modem, version 31.164L.22.

 

Reverting to firmware 31.164L.18 or lower, through a factory reset of the modem, will restore the original Blocking/Filtering section with parental controls in the T3200M modem, however the workaround would be temporary as the modem will continue to pickup the latest firmware from TELUS and perform an automatic update.  The new firmware is more secure than .18 so this is likely not a recommended solution.

 

The parental controls in the TELUS My Wi-Fi app have some know limitations compared to the original T3200M-based controls:

 

  1. Scheduling: Some devices cannot be paused or included in the child profiles  (Ex TELUS Optik STB). TELUS Optik PVRs work fine. 
  2. Filtering/Blocking: There is no definable web or protocol filtering, other than the generic option to filter out Adult content based on age ratings.

To filter specific apps, such as YouTube, TikTok or Pokemon. If you own an Apple device with Family Sharing setup, there is a relatively new setting called Screen Time that has proven to be an absolute life savior for our family's balancing of digital time: https://support.apple.com/en-ca/HT208982

 

There are similar options provided by Microsoft for Windows and Android (https://support.google.com/families/answer/7103340?hl=en), but I am less familiar with them and do not want to stray to far off thread here.

 

Hope this helps.

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AbBowhunter
Advocate
There is another option. Use a 3rd party router. Ever since I got rid of the Telus modem alot of issues just disappeared.....
jmsears
Just Moved In

I just tried to do the same thing today (Dec 4) and encountered exactly the same issues. As mentioned, I had set parental controls back in March, at the start of Covid, to control specific websites on my kids' devices. So you are not the only one. We now use chromebooks and Windows machines. The Telus My WIFI app is unhelpful, as it only allows me to block a certain device, which is not my goal. My goal is to let my kids play games on their ipads, without them being able to google search or You Tube watch, without my direct supervision. And as parents, one keystroke misstep, can bring up some nasty google search stuff. I am now waiting for tech support see the next steps .

Spinach
Neighbour

I cannot find the parental controls in the app...could you point me in the right direction?

 

Thanks for sharing all your research on this. I've been super frustrated with the changes they made to the modem, blocking and filtering wasn't even great to begin with. I'm considering going to shaw over this issue.

Spinach
Neighbour

Do you have one you'd recommend?

bjon
Neighbour

Try using a VPN and then whatever Family Monitoring app you use.

If it works please let us all know.

It worked for me.

If it works for you it's an issue with the Modem and Telus can't keep giving us the cold shoulder.

Regards