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    Smile any one used/uses bloxx?

    hi all,

    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

    Many Thanks

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    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

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    I'm gonna keep me beak out here, because I'm appallingly biased but you might look at this thread:
    Bloxx V School Guardian

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    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

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    Many Thanks for help on this, i have contacted both Smoothwall and Bloxx and requted eval from both for testing.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tunster View Post
    Their support is top dog
    Is it the "Dog's Bloxx" ? Sorry, end of day. Had to be done.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tunster View Post
    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.
    Indeed you can do AD integration with Smoothie - including NTLM in transparent mode if you wish to be a bit mental about it

    All filters require a while to tweak - unless of course you are the BOFH and blocking everything is your raison d'etre!

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    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_ View Post
    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.
    From the Becta website:

    Internet content filtering products

    Netsweeper Inc*
    SmoothWall Ltd

    (* Re-accreditation in progress)

    Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by SC-UK View Post
    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!
    So do ours :-/
    But you can run it on your own, quiet tin as I do in my basement (otherwise t'wife complains she can hear it)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillip1983 View Post
    Many Thanks for help on this, i have contacted both Smoothwall and Bloxx and requted eval from both for testing.
    Phillip you may benefit from this Total Traffic Control Demo for Schools

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    Total overkill if all you want is filtering though.

    And its eye-wateringly expensive

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    Total overkill if all you want is filtering though.

    And its eye-wateringly expensive
    First point -fair enough.
    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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