The timer service is merely a convenience. It is an easier, more time efficient, and more consistent way to manage the home internet usage in your home. It allows you to set up simple time of day rules as to when each device on your Control Panel turns on or off automatically. Once your schedule is set, WebCurfew will maintain it for you so you do not have to manually log into the website to turn devices on or off. Think of it this way....if you only want to use WebCurfew now and again to turn off your kids as, for example, a consequence for misbehaving or not completing their homework, chores, etc., continue to use the "manual" free version. However, if you want to easily ensure a regular and consistent home internet usage policy - i.e.; a "web curfew" similar to your "physical curfew" policy of when your kids are supposed to be at home off the streets, then you will be interested in our premium timer for the convenience and peace of mind it affords. Please also remember, our timer subscription service is absolutely free for one week trial. You need to put your credit card information in to gain access to the timer service, but we don't charge it for one week while you test the service. If you aren't satisfied, simply click the cancel button within the first week and you are never charged, no questions asked.