we have a smartcache 2 filtering system and i want to bounce the system sky high,
can anyone recommend me a filtering system that doesnt cost the earth please.
bossman (1st October 2009)
How much is the earth? They all cost over a grand and require subscribtions. Just make sure you look at the software solutions as the hardware ones really do cost the earth.
Best commercial imo - Smoothwall
Best free - Daguardian
FWIW, we use smoothwall express 3 with the dansguadian addon. It's "ok" however the DG mod is still very underdeveloped for smoothwall express 3 and thus has no proper GUI, so alot needs to be in the CLI, and occasionally we will need to restart the service. I think dansguardian offers you greater power of filtering as opposed to urlfilter and advanced proxy, but the latter is easier to use and is probably sufficient for most people/environments.
If you want simplicity, then what webman suggested is probably the best bet, but if you want greater control then dansguardian is worth looking at (which I think also works with IPcop?)
..and yes the whole lot is free, but does take some effort on your part to get up and running properly!
webman (1st October 2009)
We currently use Smartfilter - it bolts on to ISA server. I think we pay around £9.50 or so per pc.
IMHO look no further than Smoothwall. The UTM is the thing to go for - everything in one box... plug it in and away you go. It's VERY reasonably priced too - Jamman960 will be kicking himself to hear that he could have got a UTM and a year's subscription for the price he's paid just for his Not-so-Smartfilter licenses (before buying a server, Windows and ISA)!
If you need to hear more, see SmoothWall | Company » Testimonials (mostly 'geek members!)
Another vote for a Smoothwall UTM here.
WHat about Censornet?
We used that before we were sucked back into the LEA.
Thanks guys I got options to look at now. What kind of price ate you looking at for the smoothwall utm?
I would advise giving the Smoothwall team a ring - try Claire - 0113 3874165 thats her Direct Line I am sure she will look after you
ClaireG (13th October 2009)
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