A filter installed on a router is distinctly different than a device filter for several reasons. First, the router supplies internet to other devices, and therefore it filters the devices that it is supplying. This means that any content is filtered before it gets to the connected devices at all, which removes a number of dangers that device filters let slip through. Second, router filters typically operate by using custom DNS services which are located in the cloud, and not on the device itself, further removing the threat from the end user. Finally, the router filters are more difficult to setup, because the router doesn’t come with its own screen and needs to be accessed through other devices.
Router filtering and management options are separated into three categories below: routers built with the intent to filter, settings available through the manufacturer of a router, and 3rd party services that can also be used to filter and monitor.
Purpose Built Filtering Products
Clean Router is a dedicated filtering router that makes a pretty good case for being superior to OpenDNS and other router solutions. You can read why here: Link. It also appears to be pretty simple to set up, and they offer phone support if you would like it. Other unique options include more in-depth filtering (pages are scanned for content) and a router button to turn off all internet.
Disney Circle: Link
Kibosh Site: Link
Third Party Services
One of the downsides to DNS based filters that is there are ways to get around them. DNSThingy is an app that enforces the DNS filter settings and keeps the DNS fitler updated with your IP address. It can also do whitelisting and blacklisting on its own.
DNS Thingy Website: Link
AT&T U-Verse / 2-Wire
D-Link offers videos on setting up parental controls in the support section of their website. In order to get there, enter the model number of your router at the site below and check the videos for one on parental controls (there may be several pages of videos – be sure to check them all).
D-Link Support: Link
3rd Party articles on D-Link Parental Controls: Link
Netgear Parental Controls Page: Link