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    New Web Filtering Solution

    We are currently looking to implement a new web filtering solution on site that will filter web access for both staff and students users.

    Currently we use a JanaServer that filters the students and the staff pretty much have free reign over the internet.

    Although it serves its purpose the JanaServer doesn't offer the flexibility we want to implement when allowing users to surf the web. Student access is pretty much locked down with the use of an allowed list which is constantly growing.

    SMT want to give the kids more yet controlled access to the internet as well as control the access to the internet staff have.

    I have recently had a web demo of the BLOXX system and was very impressed by its functionality and flexibility it offers. I particularly like the way web access can be controlled via

    I just want to know is anyone else uses the BLOXX web filtering system and if it’s any good in a school environment.

    As always advice and recommendations of other systems used would be greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks

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    Re: New Web Filtering Solution

    I have used Websence it does the job very well and has along of flexibility.

    I know people have used Smart Filter and Bess is schools.

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    Re: New Web Filtering Solution

    BLOXX is very expensive for what it is. Have you considered IPCop with URLFilter and AdvProxy addons (all free)?

    Or you could do worse than buying SchoolGuardian from Smoothwall.

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    Re: New Web Filtering Solution

    I had a bloxx unit installed at the start of the year and it works fantastically well in our school environment.

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    Re: New Web Filtering Solution

    We're using Dansguardian on Linux. Not bad for free.

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    Re: New Web Filtering Solution

    We dumped Wensense and now use Lightspeed, which does a lot more than it says on the tin.

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    Re: New Web Filtering Solution

    I did look at the TCO and that is the reason we didn't buy into it! In October last year, we were quoted £8,675 for 3 years for the CF-500.

    Considering we already had IPCop Linux/URLFilter/AdvProxy in place which did (and still does) what we want, it would be a useless purchase.

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    Re: New Web Filtering Solution

    @ mortstar

    You are right BLOXX is an expensive solution.

    In our school environment if we went for the discounted three year price we are looking at a cost just under £9,000. As we have around 1000 internet users on site it works out at a cost of £3 per head per day, which isn't too bad. Considering it seems to be a very good filtering system.

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    Re: New Web Filtering Solution

    I was after the CF-250 and the cost was less than half that for the unit & 3 years support.

    That provides filtering for around 300 machines - peak

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    Re: New Web Filtering Solution

    @ mortstar

    The cost of £9K was for the recommended system by BLOXX during the demonstration which was the TVT-500.

    Considering your system the TVT-250 can support 300 machines we may be better off financially to go for that solution instead.

    When you purchased the system did you manage to negogiate a better price or did they stick to their guns with the pricing policy?

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    Re: New Web Filtering Solution

    My product was the CF250 - but I think 'True-View' is the same thing with a new name.

    The bloxx unit easily handles the amount of machines we have.

    Their pricing was pretty rigid but you can get rid of the installation costs and things like that because it's a breeze to install.

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    Re: New Web Filtering Solution

    Mr. Angry...

    Give me a ring - we're not as expensive as BLOXX, and as i am sure some of our customers will tell you, our filtering (especially anonymous poxies) is spot on.

    Tom

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    Re: New Web Filtering Solution

    Please make your intent known when asnwering posts, if as has been said you do work for Bloxx then please act more responsibly in the future. - Ben

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    Re: New Web Filtering Solution

    Just an FYI, rorynolan (above) works for Bloxx.

    Having a dig at Smoothwall like that is, in my opinion, very unprofessional.

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    Re: New Web Filtering Solution

    Quote Originally Posted by webman
    Just an FYI, rorynolan (above) works for Bloxx.

    Having a dig at Smoothwall like that is, in my opinion, very unprofessional.


    Bloxx - Tru-view Technology
    How it Works
    In a fraction of a second, Tru-View Technology decides which of 50 categories a site fits into and, depending on where the sourced website is placed, blah blah
    Oh so thats how it works Bloody salesmen.

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