Troubleshooting Box Blocks iOS Devices with Private Addresses

Applies to: Premium Members in Australia and New Zealand with the Family Zone Box

The filtered network on the Family Zone Box requires a Parent to update the network settings on devices with:

  • iOS 14 (2020), Private MAC Address
  • Android 11 (2020), MAC Randomization
  • Windows 10, Random Hardware Address

Connecting to Your Family Zone Box

Each device on a network needs a unique MAC Address (Media Access Control address). The address was originally set up to be a permanent code allowing networks, like the Family Zone Box, to recognize a device as it returned to the network. 

Connect a Child's iOS Device

Your Child may see a Block Page if they are using an iOS 14 or newer device to connect to the filtered network on your Family Zone Box. Use these steps to troubleshoot their network connection.

On your Child's iPhone or iPad:

  1. If you see a Browser certificate message, tap Don't remind me again
  2. Close the DISABLE PRIVATE MAC message
  3. Go to the iOS Settings > Wi-Fi
  4. To the right of your filtered network, tap the "i"
  5. At Private Address, tap the toggle until it is gray (off)
  6. At the "... rejoin the Wi-Fi network." message, tap Rejoin
  7. You will see a privacy statement when the Private Address is gray
    Close the Wi-Fi settings

Your next steps will be to assign this Device to your Child so the filtered network can use your Child's monitoring and filtering settings.

Assign the Device to a Family Member

On your Child's iPhone or iPad:

  1. Open Safari or a web browser on your Child's device
  2. Go to the diagnostic page
    If the Browser certificate message is displayed, tap Don't remind me again
  3. At the Unknown device message, tap ASSIGN DEVICE
  4. Enter your Parent PIN
    Tap NEXT
  5. Enter a name for this iPhone or iPad you will recognize
  6. In Select a device type, tap Apple
  7. In Select a user, tap your Child's name
  8. Tap ASSIGN
    You will see a Device assigned message
  9. In the browser, go again to
    The Family Zone Box will display a Device is filtered message

Anytime your Child's iPhone or iPad connects to the Filtered Network on your Family Zone Box, the trusted network will recognize their device. The Family Zone Box will monitor the online content your Child accesses.

How do you use the three different networks?

The Family Zone Box has 3 types of networks for specific purposes:

  • Family WiFi network - for a Child's computers, mobile devices, gaming consoles, smart TVs, and personal assistants

  • Guest WiFi network - for unknown or temporary devices, such as your Child's classmates or friends visiting your home

  • Unfiltered WiFi network - turns off content monitoring for Parents, printers, NAS (Network Attached Storage) hard drives , and smart home devices (like vacuums, doorbells, security systems, and appliances)

Find the name and password to your networks on your iOS or Android device. Sign into your Family Zone app as a Parent. Go to Settings > Home network > WiFi networks. Look for the Name (SSID)  and show password access with the type of network you want to connect a Family Device to. 

Parents can also update the Family Box networks from anywhere they have an internet connection and do not need to be home to update the Box settings.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why did MAC addresses change?

In recent years, unethical data collectors and data brokers used the unique MAC address to track devices, sometimes for the purposes of advertising or automatic logins. To restore our privacy, manufacturers updated their operating systems to use random MAC addresses by default. So, new devices create a different MAC address each time a device connects to a network to help with our privacy.

What is the reason to allow the Family Zone Box to see the actual MAC address?

The Family Zone Box provides you with a secure network and content filtering. To allow it to monitor your cyber safety and verify devices, you will trust the Box to see your Devices' actual addresses.

What if a Parent gets the Disable Private MAC error message?

Parents are not monitored by default. From a Parent's Android or iPhone, go to Settings > Network > WiFi and select your Unfiltered network.

Do not connect your Child's devices to the Unfiltered network. Connecting them to the Parent's Unfiltered network would turn off their monitoring and filtering.