Internet Related/Filtering/Firewall Thread, any one used/uses bloxx? in Technical; hi all,
i am interested in the Bloxx webfilter, i currently use Untangle and am looking at Bloxx as it ...
16th January 2010, 01:52 PM #1
any one used/uses bloxx?
i am interested in the Bloxx webfilter, i currently use Untangle and am looking at Bloxx as it appears to be better, does anyone currently use it, if so, can you provide feedback on it etc....
there website is Bloxx | Web Filters | Internet Content Filtering Products
16th January 2010, 02:05 PM #2
I evaluated a load of filtering a couple of years ago, I'd recommend having a look at smoothwall.
IMHO their filtering is unparralleled, and it'll probably be cheaper - unless bloxx have changed their pricing structure
2 Thanks to Domino:
Phillip1983 (16th January 2010), tom_newton (16th January 2010)
16th January 2010, 02:37 PM #3
I'm gonna keep me beak out here, because I'm appallingly biased but you might look at this thread:
Bloxx V School Guardian
16th January 2010, 02:50 PM #4
- Rep Power
I have used both Bloxx and Smoothwall School Guardian. I have more hands on experience of the Smoothwall over the Bloxx. Both have there own advantages, but from what i have seen you are probably better looking at Smoothwall as there licensing costs are more competitive for schools
2 Thanks to everton4europe:
Phillip1983 (16th January 2010), tom_newton (19th January 2010)
16th January 2010, 06:45 PM #5
Many Thanks for help on this, i have contacted both Smoothwall and Bloxx and requted eval from both for testing.
19th January 2010, 05:14 PM #6
We have Bloxx. Their support is top dog (even suggesting that the issue we had - blocking google suggestions made it as a software feature in future) and the device is extremely rock-solid behind our 10-meg leased line.
The biggest benefit we've found is the NT-authentication. I do believe you can do this in Smoothwall, but you can assign any amount of AD groups to each policy. Also, make adjustments to users individually makes it really flexible. It's at least made our internet more secure on students own laptops and stops any people not on the network to attach themselves onto our connection.
It's worth considering! It's taken a while to tweak Bloxx, but in the long-run, it's been better than any other filter I've experienced.
19th January 2010, 05:17 PM #7
Is it the "Dog's Bloxx" ? Sorry, end of day. Had to be done.
Originally Posted by Tunster
19th January 2010, 05:26 PM #8
If you're looking for a new filter, it's also worth considering whether the solution is a Becta Accredited content filter. AFAIK only Smoothwall and NetSweeper are currently accerddited. Smoothwall was far more cost effetive when I did my comparison.
Thanks to Ric_ from:
tom_newton (19th January 2010)
19th January 2010, 05:48 PM #9
19th January 2010, 05:55 PM #10
Never used it, but know somebody that did. The only thing I'll say is that their appliance sounds like a jet engine at takeoff. So if it's going into an office or similar, forget it!
19th January 2010, 06:25 PM #11
From the Becta website:
Originally Posted by Ric_
Internet content filtering products
(* Re-accreditation in progress)
19th January 2010, 06:38 PM #12
So do ours :-/
Originally Posted by SC-UK
But you can run it on your own, quiet tin as I do in my basement (otherwise t'wife complains she can hear it)
27th January 2010, 11:37 AM #13
Phillip you may benefit from this Total Traffic Control Demo for Schools
Originally Posted by Phillip1983
27th January 2010, 12:04 PM #14
Total overkill if all you want is filtering though.
And its eye-wateringly expensive
27th January 2010, 12:08 PM #15
First point -fair enough.
Originally Posted by Domino
Second point - I am not sure if you have seen the prices recently and it does the job. I have not heard 1 customer issue about that product on that link.
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