Circle with Disney in Canada

This is the Circle with Disney. It's a cool internet monitoring and parental control device that lets you set time limits on internet, monitor app usage, and so on. I've been on the lookout for something to allow me to control access to the internet in a more finely tuned way than what my dlink router offers me.

Doing some Googling led me to the Circle. Originally a failed kickstarter, now offered in partnership with Disney (way to go, people!) the Circle is, despite its name, a white cube that connects to your wifi and lets you do all that parental stuff. I was blown away by a review, and looking at the features on the Circle site itself, it looked like the perfect device for what I need.

Only downside, you can't order it from the US to ship to Canada. And the iOS app that's needed to set it up is only available on the US iTunes store. So to get this thing working up here I'd have to ship it to a US address, pick it up or have someone travelling bring it back with them, and also set up a US iTunes account in order to get the app. A little too much work for me right now, as I'm in the middle of moving house.

And then today, I decide to try searching for Circle on the best buy canada site, and lo and behold, it's available for pre-order! Shipping September 15th, it looks like Circle is indeed coming to Canada! I'm hoping that the iOS app will be available in the Canadian iTunes store on that day as well.

I'll report back when I get it set up. - E

Posted on September 6, 2016 and filed under Reviews.