Troubleshooting Duplicate Devices in the Family Zone Box

Please note: The Family Zone Box is only available in Australia and New Zealand

Article type: Advanced troubleshooting 

How do I find inactive or duplicate Devices?

Find the Device MAC Address

On your Child's Device, find and write down the MAC Address 

A MAC Address looks like 1a:2b:3c:4d:ab:cd or 1A-2B-3C-4D-AB-CD


Android - phones and tablets
  • Go to Settings > Network & Internet > WiFi > (gear icon) > Advanced
  • Tap Privacy and select Use device MAC (or Use phone MAC) 
  • Go down and note the "Device MAC address"

iOS - iPhones and iPads
  • Go to Settings > Wi-Fi > (i)
  • At Private Address, tap the toggle until it is off (gray)
  • Note the "Wi-Fi Address"

Windows
  • Click on the Start menu 
  • Search for "wifi"
  • Click on Wi-Fi settings 
  • Confirm Use random hardware address is Off 
  • Click on Hardware properties
  • Note the "Physical address (MAC)" 

MacOS
  • At the top-left, go to the Apple (icon) >System Preferences
  • Click Network > Wi-Fi (icon) > Advanced (button)
  • Go down the Wi-Fi window and note the "Wi-Fi Address"

Chromebooks
  • Click the Chrome Launcher (start menu)
  • In the search, type Network
  • Click on the Network (icon)
  • Click Wi-Fi 
  • Click on the connected Wi-Fi network 
  • Go down and click Network 
  • Look at the bottom of the Network section and note the MAC address 

 

See the manufacturer's website for gaming devices, streaming media, smart home devices, and printers.

  • Some devices may have a small sticker attached to the device with a printed MAC address
  • Home smart devices and streaming media may require you to press a combination of buttons to get the MAC address

Match the MAC Address in Connect

In your Connect App, match the MAC to an Unknown Device:

  1. In Settings, tap Devices
  2. Under GUEST, tap a device
  3. Under UNKNOWN, tap Unknown Device 
  4. Find the MAC address at the bottom

Change the Device Owner

Change the Device Owner to one of your Family members

For Shared Devices, select the youngest Family member likely to use the Device

Turn Off the MAC Privacy 

If Unknown devices come up each time your Child's Windows, Android or iOS connects to the Box, turn off the network privacy

Remove Duplicate Devices

Complete the steps above. On your Parent phone or tablet, use the Connect App to remove devices with MAC addresses you do not recognize

What if I removed an active device instead of a duplicate?

If you accidentally remove your Child's Device from the Family, check the Troubleshooting (above)

  1. On your Child's device, reconnect it to your Family WiFi
    Connect Phones, Tablets, and Laptops to Your Box
  2. Open Safari, Chrome or a web browser
  3. Go to the http://www.home.tools diagnostic page
  4. Tap ASSIGN DEVICE
  5. Enter your Parent PIN
  6. Enter a
    Device name
    Select a device type
    Select a user
  7. Tap ASSIGN 

Allow up to 2 minutes for the device to sync with your Parent app and the Box.