How do people deal with web filtering in small primaries? Everywhere I go to seems to be completely out of our price range (looking at your Smoothwall :'( ).
I'm looking at either a Hyper-V appliance or something we can install on our own hardware.
Not got a specific price range, but I'm willing to be a little generous with these things. At the moment we have Forefront TMG for staff and Squid/Dansguardian for the kids which upstreams to the TMG box. We've got a typical AD environment (2012R2, 7 and 8 clients) with about 75 devices.
TMG is finished as far as Microsoft is concerned, Squid+DG has too much overhead (and seems REALLY slow, but could be poor config) and ideally I'd like to condense the two solutions down to one for both user groups.
There just doesn't seem to be anything out there for smaller schools with decent IT provision
Admittedly our Smoothwall quote is from January 2012, maybe @tom_newton could get in touch for a more up to date one?
Last edited by Blue_Cookeh; 8th July 2014 at 10:44 PM.
In that case, one of the smaller iBoss web filters would only put you back about $1,100 and subscription is based on number of concurrent users, and is very reasonable.
iboss Network Security Products
They also have the much less expensive iBoss Pro, which has nearly all of the features except for AD integration, although you can create internal users that can be used for authentication and group-based filtering.
iboss Pro Series Content Filter - Solution Overview
The iBoss is the best web filter out there, bar none. I've had vendors try to sell me their product, then I show them what our iBoss can do and ask if their product is better than that - and they quickly depart. Always.
If you are feeling brave, you can setup a pfSense environment with Squid3/Dansguardian.
You will have to source and setup your own blocklists, whitelists etc. and will take more setting up and management - However, it is a free solution to consider.
We use Surfprotect here with a NetAsq U70. Works great and very cheap.
most primary schools seem to use RM Safetynet Plus. It's offsite and looked after by SEGFL etc and is very cheap (something like £100) as all the schools club together.
Where our filtering service differs from what other providers or grids offer, is that it is entirely our own code. We built it from the first line of code and continue to innovate and update it, at no extra cost or service charge; and we have thousands of schools using it, so if you would like a reference school near to where you are, again just PM me. Enough sales pitching now
I take it your LEA cant do it. Whos is your broadband with? It will work out more cost effective to use your LEA if you can. Or the academies solution if you are an academy.
We use Barracuda and for one of our sites we use the cloud service as there is no hardware needed. We also looked at sonicwall but we didn't need the firewall capability - happy to pass you the details of our account manager if you want.
I'd recommend censornet. We're rolling it out to various primary schools that have moved away from SWGfL. That's fairly cheap too.
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