With the release of Circle Home Plus we've brought a ton of improvements to our product offerings! This article details the differences between Circle with Disney and Circle Home Plus in terms of technical specifications, control, and features.
A New App - Circle Smart Parental Controls
Circle Smart Parental Controls and the Circle Home Plus are set up and managed using an entirely new app. You can get that here or you can search your app store for "Circle Smart Parental Controls." You'll use this new app to set up your account, Circle Home Plus, and to manage your children's devices. For setting up the Circle with Disney product you'll still want to use the "Circle with Disney" app.
Hardware & Packaging:
The Circle Home Plus hardware is entirely brand new. All aspects, including the circuit board, were upgraded. The design of the box is slightly different as well, with smooth rounded corners and a more robust outer casing.
We've also upgraded the ethernet port to gigabit for blazing speed. The firmware and hardware updates also provide the ability to store your profiles and account information in the cloud. No need to back up anymore! There is no need to worry about security either, as those profiles are now protected by a username and password.
Important note: The new Circle Smart Parent Controls app is not compatible with Circle with Disney hardware. To manage Circle with Disney, you will want to continue using the Circle with Disney app.
Besides upgrading our hardware, we've also moved to a cloud-based infrastructure!
Now all the information related to your family's profiles, including settings, photos, and filter levels live in the cloud. This means if a hardware reset is required, you will not lose your settings and will not have to set back up from scratch.
On top of the features you get with Circle Home Plus, we have updated our mobile app to be better than ever before.
Instead of there being a separate app for child devices, all of that functionality is contained within the Circle Smart Parental Controls app. Simply download it onto one of your children's devices and set it up as a "kid app." More information on mobile device setup can be found here.
With new products there is a measure of change. While most features of Circle with Disney are present within our new app, we have removed the feature called “Connections.” However, a brand-new feature is available only in the Circle Smart Parental Controls app -- Location!
Want to check in on your kids while they're out and about? Circle now makes it possible. Brand-new to Circle Smart Parental Controls, Location allows parents to send a location request to the child’s device with a single tap. Once located, the device's location will be displayed in the parent app. Parents can now rest easy knowing that their child is safe.
For more information on the Location feature, check out this article here!
- Mobile management is included in your Circle membership for all of your family's devices.
- Location is a brand new feature that will allow you to keep track of your family's Android or iOS devices.
- Your account is now stored safely in the cloud for easy access and restoration via secure login.
- The new Circle Home Plus device has been totally upgraded. The case is more secure and now has faster networking hardware with full gig ethernet!
- Since Circle Home Plus is a brand new product, you won't be able to back up and restore your profiles from Circle with Disney. Instead, the app will guide you through creating new profiles and making sure your children's devices are managed appropriately. We've made a number of improvements to help make that really easy from the outset!
- Since we've entirely updated the product, you won't be able to use your old Circle with Disney device with the new Circle app or features. The new features available with Circle Smart Parental Controls and Circle Home Plus are not included in the Circle with Disney product.