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December 21, 2014 posted by Chris Leigh-Currill

Simple Guide to Setting Access control on your BT Home Hub or How to turn the Internet off!

Mrs LWC and I have a constant conversation about how much time our children should be spending on the various electrical devices that they own especially internet enabled ones. We came to the decision that we needed to put some hard limits on the use of the internet and internet based games for our eldest son. As these rules can be hard to implement I decided to configure our BT Home Hub to implement the rules for me. So I have configured our BT Home Hub to only allow access to the internet for Oliver’s devices between agreed times. Emma has received one or two question on how this was done so she has asked me to place a step by step guide on how to do this.

This guide is for the BT Home Hub 5, the only information you will need is the admin password for the home hub and the names of the devices that you wish to control.


Open up a web browser and type in the address bthomehub.home You should then see a web page like below


Step 2:

In the my services section you can see the line BT Access Control as highlighted above in the red box. Click on the configure button. You will now be presented with the admin login prompt.

Enter your password and select OK. You will then see screen to configure the access control

Step 3

In this screen you define the devices that you want to restrict access to.

  • In this example I am going to use CLC_VM1 and I want to block internet access between 19:00 and 07:00am. In the screen below click on the drop down list (again coloured red) to show all the devices that have accessed the internet via the home hub device and select the device you want to restrict. Then set the time that you wish to restrict. Then finally click on the Add button heighted by the blue box.

Step 4

Once you have clicked on the Add button and the screen has refreshed you should see something similar to below.

Step 5

You can then repeat Step 3 to add additional restrictions to the same device or add a new device. Once you are happy with the restrictions to activate simply click on Yes radio button (highlighted in red) then click on the Apply button (highlighted in blue)

Step 6

Buy some earphones to block out the moaning from your frustrated non internet users!


As a small note if you need to delete a rule simply login as per the previous steps and click the delete button next to the rule that you wish to remove and then click Apply.


Any questions or comments let me know and I will do my best to answer them, also if you have a suggestion for a topic then I will do my best to shed some light on it.


  • Thank you so much for this enlightenment – I never realised it was possible to do this. The setting up of anything internet wise is scary for me in case I mess the whole thing up so even though I don’t actually need the facility Thank you for making it look easy. 🙂

    • Hi Margaret,
      Glad that it was helpful, if you have any questions or you would like me to write on any other aspect of home based IT then just let me know and I will do my best to help out.

  • Hi Chris,

    Thanks for the information. Do you know whether there is anyway to disable the pop-up that alerts the blocked users that they can no longer access the internet at this time?

    I’m blocking my flatmate after 1:00am as he is keeping me up every single night, but I’d prefer him to be blissfully unaware and think it’s a modem issue.

    Thanks in advance

  • Thank you this is so helpful, couldn’t get the info how to do this from BT!

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