Internet Related/Filtering/Firewall Thread, Which Webfilter? in Technical; Partial hijack: Is Lightspeed an appliance or can you run it on your own hardware? Do they do UK support?
18th October 2013, 04:48 PM #31
Partial hijack: Is Lightspeed an appliance or can you run it on your own hardware? Do they do UK support?
I love smoothwall! yeah its not the easiest to use and configure but the job it does it does well. What does concern me about smoothwall is the direction that the company is headed with the price increase every year and the support issues that people are describing.
21st October 2013, 01:44 PM #32
+1 for Lightspeed here.
As you all probably know we have a cloud based virtualised version of Lightspeed which means no capital costs and simple integration with our virtualised Fortinet security platform too so you get best of both worlds on the filtering and security.
Lightspeed is very easy to use and very powerful. With its MDM & VLE integration you're onto a winner.
Do let me know if you need a quote
21st October 2013, 01:55 PM #33
We use our Palo Alto 3020 nextgen firewall to do our filtering. It is super granular and very effective. The only downside is that we are waiting for a software update to add a couple of features we need. At the moment the keyword filtering is a bit clunky and we don't have url substitution, but these are upcoming features. The support from Gamma, our provider has been excellent and the 3rd line from Exclusive Networks is even better.
21st October 2013, 02:38 PM #34
Would anyone be so kind as to provide a ballpark figure for the Sophos box, out of idle interest?
27th October 2013, 04:05 PM #35
Is that for customers who don't have connectivity with you? I got part of an answer before, but then my communication with Schools Broadband seemed to dry up and I had no reply.
Originally Posted by SchoolsBroadband
They do have UK Support, an US too. I was really impressed the other day when I had a response to a query in minutes.
Originally Posted by Gaz
Last edited by Edu-IT; 27th October 2013 at 04:08 PM.
27th October 2013, 10:44 PM #36
My LEA has lightspeed with a tier setup for each member school. Sometimes I wish I had a bit more control as a tier admin but over all very nice product.
I am certain it is an appliance, but can’t speak on pricing or anything as it is at the LEA.
1st November 2013, 12:26 PM #37
Originally Posted by Edu-IT
we've just had this allowed by Lightspeed so yes we can do filtering even if you don't have our connectivity. Do get in touch if you'd like a quote
1st November 2013, 02:19 PM #38
+1 for Lightspeed - we replaced the LA's Smoothwall and it's sooooo much better
1st November 2013, 02:59 PM #39
We're currently trialling a Sonicwall NSA 5600 to replace both our firewall and filtering boxes. We have a demo box on site which we've got working and so far I'm fairly pleased with it. Worth a look I'd say.
1st November 2013, 08:15 PM #40
Don't suppose someone who is using Lightspeed would mind PMing me some rough costs would they?
1st November 2013, 08:46 PM #41
Originally Posted by Cache
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2nd November 2013, 08:14 PM #42
How will it work in that instance, because Lightspeed is usually an inline filter. Will schools just point at the proxy port on Lightspeed in your setup? I can PM if you prefer.
Originally Posted by SchoolsBroadband
26th November 2013, 11:13 PM #43
- Rep Power
Anyone have any companies they have purchased lightspeed from? I had a quote but it worked out more expensive than smoothwall. The comments on here suggest they have had it for less than smoothwall?
27th November 2013, 09:27 AM #44
To be honest since opening this thread and having demos from both companies I have found Smoothwalll to be cheaper if you put everything into consideration, we're planning on going with the unified firewall/filtering solution, pricing Lightspeed with a separate firewall was more expensive. And I was really impressed with Smoothwall's customer services while we were looking for quotes and had questions, they were getting back to me faster than any other company I've dealt with
Thanks to SiP from:
tom_newton (27th November 2013)
27th November 2013, 10:42 AM #45
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