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Thanks Jonny G, that means a lot. We started this whole journey because we wanted other families to experience the same transformation we did. We're now in the process of going commercial.
If you're feeling particularly keen, you could write us a review on Amazon - just repeat what you wrote, but maybe mention you bought it on Kickstarter before it was even on Amazon. No pressure, but it would help us out.
Thanks for the kind words.
The KoalaSafe Team.
Just to say BIG THANKS for the KoalaSafe. It has transformed how we the kids use the internet in the home. Thanks for being so responsive on the forums and great seeing all the new update releases which make the product really easy to use. Keep up the great work!
Arrived a couple a days ago - Best regards, Michael Denmark
Up and running.. Work great, easy to use.. When will the Usage start working? Thanks...
I received an email with this subject "AMANDA AGUILERA has sent you a package" with a tracking number. Is this package from Koalasafe?
Hi Nicola, We sent you a test flight invite to your Kickstarter email address. Email us with any queries or visit http://discuss.koalasafe.com/
How can I test the iOS app?
Excellent news. How do I contact you about the iOS app?
Wow... just saw this news link. Good work guys!
Agreed! Thank you letting us us know how work is progressing.
Monthly updates are very much appreciated!
Thanks for the update guys :)
@Mandeep - we do not currently offer a whitelisting based approach. By default when the internet is off no local network access is allowed. We could make that a setting post kickstarter.
Can we create profiles which allows us to whitelist certain sites and block everything else? Also can local network devices like printers, NAS etc be accessed when time restrictions are on?
Congrats on getting the project through. I'm a parent of 3 small kids and very passionate about the issues around online parental controls. Are you planning to release an Android app as part of the initial release? If not are you planning to allow 3rd party apps to integrate with the device api's? It would be nice to build some kind of open source ecosystem around this product.
Looking forward to getting my Koala!!
Excellent. Thanks for the quick reply.
@Rafael - if your modem and wireless router are seperate devices, you could put the KoalaSafe between them (using the Ethernet ports) and only use the existing wifi network. (You can disable the koala wifi)
Must the devices be connected to the KoalaSafe WiFi directly in order to monitor Internet use? Or since the KoalaSafe is between cable modem and existing wireless router, can KoalaSafe still monitor those devices that are connected to the existing wireless router?
Thrilled to hear that such a valuable enterprise has made its goal. Thank you lads for your dedicated cause. Our kids deserve to learn and grow uncontaminated by someone else's idea of how that should be dominated or directed. Cheers, Daphni
Woohoo! Can't wait to help a few of my friends with their young families balance screen time with non-digital play time. Congrats guys, great product idea.
Thanks all! So exciting to hit the goal! We'll post updates as we go, but as you can imagine, Koala Labs just went into overdrive and will stay that way until we ship.
Easier parenting and healthier kids are on the way!
Congrats! Glad this made the funding goal!
Congratulations - awesome news!! Will look forward to updates as we go through the production process. Can't wait to see the dream take shape along the way.
Think I already need to add another two KoalaSafes to my pledge!!
Looks like the wingman is having a shave thanks to the 'Etiquette Enforcer' that pushed the project across the line!
443 backers know this is a great project to support.
Congratulations on hitting the winning target and looking forward to a healthier "Cyber Space" environment where I gain control back as a parent!
Awesome news, congratulations for getting the backing of like minded people to help your project up and running.
Congratulations!! Proud to have produced this Kickstarter video and counting the days to get KoalaSafe in our house!!
Awesome Effort !!, Cant wait to have this device in my home, it will stop a lot of arguments :)
Hooray ! Looking forward to getting my bandwidth back... Congratulations.
Congratulations! Now we will have a safer Internet experience for our children!
443 Backers... think HTTPS/SSL .. coincidence or what ? :)
Eureka !! Got there... CONGRATULATIONS !!!!
Congratz - great job raising the funds and now excitedly looking forward to KoalaSafe
Come on.....only 6 more grand!!!
@Mandeep - The monitoring aspect of the product is handled in the cloud, where we aggregate anonymized traffic data. This feature can be turned off. We haven't decided how long to retain the data, but will probably make that user selectable.
This looks like it's gonna work out...!!
we have a chance.....:)
Couple of questions regarding the device? How many days of traffic logs is stored in the device? Is any of that info sent to any cloud service? Also what NICs used by the device?
Looks like you've got a good chance of getting across the line! Fingers crossed.
Fingers crossed this gets across the line.. Agree with Alex the removal of 'minecraft' reference is a good idea. This device doesn't necessarily have to be 'all about kids'.. I can imagine cafe's,libraries all sorts of small businesses could benefit from a KoalaSafe as their 'free wifi' access point.
I do see in the kickstarter blurb, you were looking for the next 1000 pre-orders, by my calculations you are already at 1050 pre-orders, even though you haven't hit your $98K target. Perhaps the $24K of Etiquette Enforcer was a stretch too far... GOOD LUCK all the same.
I'm not writing you off, I'm hoping it goes thru. Good luck
@Todd: Don't write us off just yet! We think we will get there. We are just testing a broader message on Kickstarter.
I am losing hope. Only have 5 days left and they are $30,844 USD short. Need $6,169 per day to make the goal. I hope it makes it, could use this. And as far as removing the addicted to minecraft headline, I am sure that was legal reasons, but that is what caught my attention, LOL..
This is a great project. As a parent of two boys I am experiencing the very same commons problems with gaming addiction and computer overtime. I really hope this project will succeed.
As a piece of thought for the future - while cutting off the net might be a solution in most cases, there is a small number of games which allow offline playing and (at least my kids) quickly switch to any of those if the online connection is cut off. This should be addressed somehow in the future as well - maybe in 'KoalaSafe 2'? :)
I really hope you reach the funding goal! I think removing the "addicted to minecraft?" headline was a smart move �. Fingers crossed we make it across the line
KoalaSafe will ship with a minimum WIFI spec of 802.11N @ 150mbps
It supports WPA2
@FP: Yes, you can plug the koalasafe into your router and still have Ad-trap upstream
Steven, any thoughts on the Adtrap configuration mentioned below?
What wifi protocol and frequency does it support? Also does it support WPA2?
Love this idea, was actually trying to build my own before I found this..
However a few questions
1) What are the hardware specifications of the unit, does it include inbuilt WiFi?
2) I see the prototype units were using RasPi units, is there any chance the SD image will be available to purchase or demo the unit?