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How to use Time Quota or Data Quota to limit user's Internet access?
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User-based management allows Network Administrator to restrict the Internet access to authorized users only. Network Administrator may also set a time quota or data quota for the users. In this article, we're going to demonstrate how to set a time quota and data quota for a user account separately in the following paragraphs.
Set Router to User-Based Mode
Go to User Management >> General Setup, select User-based mode then click OK to save.
Set Time Quota
1. Go to User Management >> User Profile, click an available profile.
2. Enable this account, give Username and Password, confirm the password, then select Enable Time Quota, enter a time period in minute box and click “+” to add Time Quota.
You should see the Time Quota changed from 0 to the number you set, click OK to apply the changes.
3. After the user logged in, from User Management >> User Online Status, there will be an expired time for such user account.
4. Click on the username will lead to a page that can give the user more time immediately.
5. After the user runs out of the given quota, the user will not have Internet access and not able to log in with this account anymore.
Pause the Countdown Timer when the User Idles
Network Administrator could setup idle timeout in the user profile, then if the user lost connection for the timeout period, the router will pause the countdown timer. So that when the users want to take a break and let their computers go to hibernate, they won't consume the time quota.
1. Go to User Management >> User Profile, click the profile that you'd like to setup idle timeout.
2. Key a timeout period in the Idle Timeout box, click “OK” to save.
3. Network administrator could check the idle time on User Management >> User online status page
Set Data Quota
1. Go to User Management >> User Profile, click an available profile and enable Data Quota, enter a quantity in MB box then click "+".
You should see the Data Quota changed from 0 to the number you set, click OK to apply the changes.
2. Now, after the user logged in, from User Management >> User Online Status, there will be a data quantity left for that user account.
3. Click on the username will lead to a page that can give the user more Data immediately.
4. After the user runs out of the given quota, the user will not have Internet access and not able to log in with this account anymore.
Note: If the network administrator set both Time Quota and Data Quota simultaneously, router will stop providing internet access for the user when one of the quotas runs out.
Reset the Quota Automatically
Since 3.8.5 version firmware, network administrator can set to renew the quota automatically and periodically, router will follow the schedule set up to reset the quota of each user profile.
Go to Reset quota automatically box at the bottom of User Profile page,
a. Enable the function
b. Set the Default Time Quota and Default Data Quota.
c. Choose a program to reset the quota:
- When login permission schedule expired: router will reset the quota when the login permission schedule which is on the upper place of this page expired, please select this option if you want to reset the quota of the user with the login permission schedule.
- At the start time of schedule: router will reset the quota with the schedule set in the following box, please select this option if you do not want to set the login permission schedule, or you want to set different schedule for login permission and reset cycle.