Archer A20 V1 User Guide

Chapter 8 HomeCare – Parental Controls, QoS, Antivirus

TP-Link HomeCareTM powered by Trend MicroTM provides a kit of features to help you create a personalized network that caters for the whole family. You can ensure appropriate internet access for everyone with Parental Controls, save bandwidth for the things that matter with QoS and keep your network secure with built-in Antivirus.

It contains the following sections:

Parental Controls



1. Parental Controls

Parental Controls allows you to set up unique restrictions on internet access for each member of your family. You can block inappropriate content, set daily limits for the total time spent online and restrict internet access to certain times of the day.

1.1. Scenario 1: Setting Up Access Restrictions

I want to:

Block access to inappropriate online content for my child’s devices, restrict internet access to 2 hours every day and block internet access during bed time (10 PM to 7 AM) on weekdays.

How can I do that?

1.Visit, and log in with your TP-Link ID or the password you set for the router.

2.Go to Basic > HomeCare > Parental Controls or Advanced > Parental Controls.

3.Click to create a profile for a family member.

4.Add basic profile information.

1 )Enter a Name for the profile to make it easier to identify.

2 )Under Devices, click .

3 )Select the devices that belong to this family member. Access restrictions will be applied to these devices. Click Add when finished.

Note: Only devices that have previously been connected to your router’s network are listed here. If you are unable to find the device you want to add, connect it to your network and then try again.

4 )Click Next.

5.Block content for this profile.

1 )Select a filter level based on the age of the family member this profile belongs to. Blocked content will then be displayed in the Filter Content list.

2 )If needed, you can edit the blocked content by clicking and to move categories between the Filter Content and Available Categories lists.

3 )You can also block a specific website or application by clicking next to Filter Content. Enter a keyword (for example, “Facebook”) or a URL (for example,
“”), then click Add.

4 )Click Next.

6.Set time restrictions on internet access.

1 )Enable Time Limits on Monday to Friday and Saturday & Sunday then set the allowed online time to 2 hours each day.

2 )Enable Bed Time on Monday to Friday and use the up/down arrows or enter times in the fields. Devices under this profile will be unable to access the internet during this time period.

3 )Click Save.


The amount of time your child spends online is controlled and inappropriate content is blocked on their devices.

1.2. Scenario 2: Monitoring Internet Usage

I want to:

Check which websites my child has visited and how much time they have spent online recently.

How can I do that?

1.Visit, and log in with your TP-Link ID or the password you set for the router.

2.Go to Basic > HomeCare > Parental Controls or Advanced > Parental Controls.

3.Find the correct profile and click in the Insights column.

Note: If you have not set up a profile for your child yet, you should do that first by clicking , then follow the steps to create a profile. Refer to Scenario 1: Setting Up Access Restrictions for detailed instructions.

4.Use the drop-down menu to view the websites visited and time spent online for any of the last 7 days. Click to view a complete history.

Tips: Click to block the corresponding content for this profile.


You can now check up on your child’s online activities.

2. QoS

QoS (Quality of Service) allows you to prioritize the internet traffic of specific online activities, such as gaming or streaming. Activities set as high priority will be allocated more bandwidth and so continue to run smoothly even when there is heavy traffic on the network. You can also prioritize the connection of specific devices for a set duration.

I want to:

Ensure a fast connection while I play online games with friends on my computer for the next 2 hours.

How can I do that?

1.Visit, and log in with your TP-Link ID or the password you set for the router.

2.Go to Basic > HomeCare > QoS or Advanced > QoS.

3.In the Application Priority tab, click Gaming to prioritize this online activity. The default is Standard, with no application prioritized.

4.In the Device Priority tab, find your computer and toggle on Priority. Click the entry in the Timing column and select 2 hours as the duration you want the device to be prioritized for.


You can now enjoy playing games without lag on your computer for the next 2 hours.

3. Antivirus

Your router supports built-in Antivirus powered by Trend MicroTM. It provides malicious content filtering and intrusion prevention for your home network, as well as a quarantine for infected devices. An active database protects every connected device from external threats.

Antivirus includes the following protection:

Malicious Content Filter

Blocks malicious websites listed in Micro Trend’s database. The database is automatically updated so new malicious websites are blocked when they go live.

Intrusion Prevention System

Identifies and blocks potential threats from attackers and fixes vulnerabilities in the network.

Infected Device Quarantine

Prevents infected devices from sending your sensitive information to clients outside your network or spreading security threats.

To access your router’s Antivirus settings:

1.Visit, and log in with your TP-Link ID or the password you set for the router.

2.Go to Basic > HomeCare > Antivirus or Advanced > Security > Antivirus.

3.Choose the protection types you want to enable. It is recommended to keep them all enabled to ensure the best protection for your network.

4.Click to view threats that have been detected and resolved.