User Interface

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How can we improve Smoothwall's UI and usability?

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  1. Outbound Email Queue Viewer

    To provide a tick box or similar to be able to delete individual emails or everything from the Outbound Email Queue

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    • Sort out the NTLM authentication failed dialog

      It doesn't look the same as the block page and confuses users (and says contact your administrator rather than who that administrator is)

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        • include a diagnostic "is it working" on auth settings page

          Each directory should be marked as working/not working if it is enabled, this way a user can instantly see if their settings "took". The "not working" graphic should click thru to diags

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          • Display Complete Traffic Units on Dashboard Graph

            The Dashboard traffic graph just shows "k" for the units, whereas they are technically kBytes/sec (according to Smoothwall support). Can this be updated to show kB/s? Should be a simple fix.

            3 votes
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            • Colors in realtime logs

              Inbound blocked rose, outbound blocked RED, forward light green, outbound allowed green, etc ..

              It would make looking @ the Realtime logs easier. Everything blends together otherwise.

              13 votes
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              • Get Expired Bans on the Portal to disappear after a certain time period

                At current, after Temporary bans expire, they stay until a Smoothwall Admin clears the expired bans on the Web Control Panel.
                A few users have requested that expired bans should disappear after a set period of time say 24 hours.

                14 votes
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                • Avoid truncating domain names in 'Top Domain' section of Dashboard

                  At the moment long domain names are truncated in the 'Top Domain' section of the Dashboard.

                  For example the domain
                  'o-o.preferred.iad09g05.v23.lscache5.c.youtube.com' is shown as 'o-o.preferred.iad09g05.v6.lsc'

                  In this case it is not possible to see the actual domain 'youtube.com' in the list.

                  Either reduce the white space in this area in order to show more text, or truncate the start of the domain name and use an ellipsis to show it has been truncated.

                  The domain name is more important to understand what is happening then sub domain name.

                  6 votes
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                  • Make updates more safe to roll out.

                    At the moment there is no confirmation for updates. You just hit a button and all updates are applied. Even if they will cause downtime, this is unacceptable for a professional workenvironment for which smoothwall aims to provide services.

                    First of all lets categorise updates by expected impact and importance. So a simple update that will have no impact on the functioning of a machine can be automatically rolled out without intervention of the operator.

                    But an update which requires a reboot should need additional confirmation before it will be applied. Something like: "This update will require a reboot. Are…

                    38 votes
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                    • On the Dashboard remove the heart beat IP addresses from the IP statistics section.

                      On the Dashboard remove the fail over heart beat IP addresses from the 'Per IP Address Statistics'.They don't really belong with the rest of the network devices as they only communicate between themselves, and won't be sending data externally. Also the data volumes are well above what other nodes generate.

                      They could be relocated to the 'Interface and Host Bandwidth' section, including a separate section for 'Fail Over' similar to how 'SSL VPN' appears here.

                      Failing that, group them together in their own section.

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                      • Email Queue doesn't show as much information that could be helpful

                        The email queue doesn't have the space to show as much information as would be helpful. Half of the reason as to why the email is in the queue is truncated, which for some people, causes annoyance.

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                        • Link 'Top Domain' section of Dashboard to related reports

                          Link the entries in the 'Top Domains' section on the Dash Board to the reporting engine, so that you can click through to see who has been using the top domains.

                          For consistency this wants to be the same list of options that you get in the 'Top Domains' report.

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                          • Easier reordering of groups under Authentication

                            Currently, in the Services > Authentication > Groups area, the list must be reordered by means of a checkbox and Move Up / Move Down buttons with a page reload inbetween each button push.

                            Contrast to the Guardian policies, which are drag and drop, and much easier.

                            Any chance of getting the newer system moved out to all areas where there are ordered lists? It's painful clicking a dozen times to get a group in the right place at the moment...

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                            • Should be able to choose font size

                              Whilst the new GUI handles higher screen resolutions, I find that the default size is too large. It may be because it is (initially) designed for Tablet useage, but for a desktop / high resolution display I miss viewing as much information as possible.

                              Initial fix is to reduce the text size to 'smaller' (smallest is too small).

                              Changed description, as some find it too large, others too small - TN

                              8 votes
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                              • Alternate Line Colouring throughout

                                Not all areas have alternate line colouring e.g. Guardian >> Policy Objects >> User Defined, which makes it difficult to track which edit icon you need to click.

                                Alternatively, or ideally as well as, a click on the name of the item should open a pop up with the options there, so I could click on Staff Allowed and be offered Edit and Delete in a context menu.

                                An optional comment metadata field for entries in these user defined groups would also be very handy, so that when a URL is unblocked a note can be attached with requesting teacher,…

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                                • More consistency across all sections/module interfaces

                                  "If it looks the same, it should act the same"

                                  For example Guardian 3 now has the new enabled/disabled sliders but under networking section such as port forwards you have just a enabled/disabled image and no slider.

                                  4 votes
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                                    1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                    this is a bit “general”, but certainly we should keep this as an aim in mind whenever we change anything in smoothie – Chris, feel free to add any specifics as new ideas then we can mark them “done” when they are done

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