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Aerez & Your Home

  • By George Zarebski
  • 17 Feb, 2017

Pro's and Con's of Aerez and Feature Highlights

To cover all the features and pro's and con's of Aerez would take a lot more time and space than should be committed to any one post. To try to cram it all into one article would do it dis-justice.  So instead, I'll cover the basics and go in a bit of detail on filtering in this post. Collectively, the other founders and I will present the details of the other features across multiple posts.

Control and Visibility

The top two benefits for me would have to be the control and visibility that's gained from using Aerez. I've literally gone from a state of "fog of war" to complete visibility. I know exactly how many devices are connected to my home network at any time, and I am notified of new devices  -via SMS on my phone - as soon as they connect. 

Furthermore, I have visibility on how much bandwidth each device is using in real-time and soon we'll even be able to see what destinations each device in my home reached, or tried to reach. In other words I can be "Big Brother" of my home!! And there is the rub... But before I dive down that rabbit hole, lets look at the main features: 

PRO's

  • Optimization
    • Aerez looks at each user, what category you placed them in  (media, child, adult, etc) and the devices assigned to them. We use this information along with your available bandwidth to determine the best allocation of resources to each device. 
  • Visibility  (Notification)
    • Our app shows you which devices are doing all the talking (usage) and soon, who they are talking to (insight).
  • Parental Controls
    • Bedtime-blocker - kills the connection at the time you select for weekdays and weekends. 
    • Content filtering - using industry standard filtering to protect users form untoward information.
  • #PauseTheInternet
    • Pause the whole house, any user or any device with the tap of a button.
Before we move on to the CON's, let's have a little lesson in Facts and Opinions:

CON's

  • It all depends...
The PRO's was an objective list. Those are the things Aerez does. But the potential con's are subjective - A.K.A. Opinions - It comes down to how you as an individual categorize any one of the features. For instance, while describing the #PauseTheInternet feature to a parent he replied "...I am not going to be 'that Dad'. " suggesting that pausing his kid's internet would be the un-cool thing to do. And that's perfectly fine.

The beauty of it is #PauseTheInternet is an available option, not something you have to do to your kids. But, if it's dinner time and they just won't get off the game console... then maybe you do use it. The bottom like is it's all up to you.  The same can be said about our other features as well, including filtering.

Speaking of filtering...

The American Association Of School Librarians said: 

" There is intense debate across the country relating to the use of filtering software programs in libraries and schools. One side feels children should not be exposed to pornography and other adult material found on the Internet and support filtering. ... Those on the other side of the debate, including the American Library Association and its Office of Intellectual Freedom, want to protect the First Amendment rights of children on the Internet. Legislation has been introduced at the national level and in many state legislatures to require the use of filtering software to block access to information or sites on the Internet deemed inappropriate for minors. " - AASL
So clearly this whole concept of filtering our kids content in an attempt to protect them from potentially harmful information on the internet is not a cut and dry thing. There are opposing schools of thought on the topic. What this reinforces to me is that it's impossible to create a 'cookie cutter' solution for all the families of the world.  Everyone has different morals and values.  Different ideas on what is safe and acceptable. Therefore one parent may want to filter all content, while another may want to be selective. Here at Aerez, we give you the choice .

When it comes down to it the 'pro et contra' or 'for and against' is subjective.

There is a lot more to this discussion and we'd like to have it with each and every customer and potential customer. We strive for the feedback to help make Aerez even better.  Aerez was born out of a need we ourselves had as parents.  

We'd love to know what you think about this. Leave us a comment below!
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By George Zarebski 17 Feb, 2017
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