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  1. More Time Slot Options

    Your competitors gave us the ability to set schedules not just by recurring weekly time slots, but by specific dates as well. This helps a lot when there will be events or people on campus that need the filter changed/disabled but only temporarily. This enables Sys Admins to schedule these things without having to worry about it after hours or on days off. For instance, I find out that there will be a team of contractors on campus during summer during a certain set of days when I happen to be scheduled to be out of the country on vacation…

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      0 comments  ·  Guardian Filtering  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Colour on block page changes to Amber if it is Softblock (from red for block)

      If the page is soft blocked the ribbon across the top should be amber, rather than red when the page is blocked.

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      • Layer 7 rules should be both allow and deny

        Presently (Kennilworth) layer 7 filtering can only be applied to deny rules. This doesn't seem helpful to organisations that begin with a "block all ports and open only what we need" strategy which seems to be the most common strategy.

        It would be most helpful (and an excellent selling point) if we could just allow Dropbox or Skype or WhatsApp with the bare minimum of effort.

        18 votes
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          1 comment  ·  Firewall & Routing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • OPen up a new window when a link is clicked.

          I enter an IP and when I click on one of the URLs, it opens in the same page and I need to arrow back to get to Smoothwall. From there my results of the IP I entered are gone along with the IP I entered.

          8 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Guardian Filtering  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Backup config NOW

            Once backup configs are entered it would be very useful to test the back config rather than find out some time later that it failed

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              1 comment  ·  Central Management, Clustering & HA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Dates in reports output in local format.

              It would be nice if reports would output with date/time formats that are appropriate for the locale of the box. Perhaps not a big issue if you run a report for 13th day of month onwards; however if I run a report for the 2nd March in the UK, it looks as if it's the 3rd February.

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              • Bandwidth Reporting

                Is there a way to run a report on smoothwall to show our bandwidth usage. When i say bandwidth, i don't mean how much is downloaded from a domain, i mean how much of our pipe we are using, at say, 5 min internals over a given period. That way i can show the SLT that we are maxing out on our 30mb connection.

                It would also be nice to show which IPs were consuming the most of this 30mb connection and what URLs were been accessed.

                Also @ Smoothwall (if anyone is listening), the Realtime Traffic Graphs page needs…

                59 votes
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                  3 comments  ·  Reporting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Unblock URL request

                  The email that the administrator receives should include the link to the administrator bypass, for quicker access to unblock.

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                    0 comments  ·  User Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • SSL VPN Certificate

                    Can you update the VPN subsystem so that the certificate is generated with SHA256 (or better) instaead of md5, as newer versions of OpenVPN clients don't support md5 hash algorithms.

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                      0 comments  ·  Authentication  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Policy Tester Results for each selected group

                      When testing a policy for a website we select a group or groups to check that website against.
                      When selecting a single group, it will display the results for that group but when selecting multiple groups the results are only for a single group, E.G. Everyone.

                      Would it be possible to show a result for each group selected as if you went to check each group individually?

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                      • Blocking shopping baskets

                        As a school we use the block Business/Corporate and Shopping categories to prevent pupils from purchasing goods online. The issue we have is this has a negative effect on subjects like Business Management, Product design ect. Looking to get a category or content modifier added to specifically block shopping baskets

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                          1 comment  ·  Guardian Filtering  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • More granular access for admin users

                          Current you can have different admin access to the UI to access different menus. It would be great if that could be more granular so that you could enable access per menu/options.

                          Specific requirement for firewall admin access without access to the rest of networking, VPN or other menus.

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                          • The ability to be able to customise the frequency of alerts being sent from the GUI to alert to the fact that an update is available

                            The ability to be able to customise the frequency of alerts being sent from the GUI to alert to the fact that an update is available. e.g the alert is not sent every time the Smoothwall calls home

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                              0 comments  ·  Central Management, Clustering & HA  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                0 comments  ·  Firewall & Routing  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • In Guardian/Webfilter/Exceptions it would be useful to be able to put a little explanation or name to each exception to explain to other tec

                                In Guardian/Webfilter/Exceptions it would be useful to be able to put a little explanation or name to each exception to explain to other techies in my organisation what each exception is in the list for. I think this is done on rival platforms (Cyberoam) by having IP address (and range) ‘named objects’ which are then assigned to the list.

                                14 votes
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                                  1 comment  ·  Guardian Filtering  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Separate category for IT forums

                                  Forums like edugeek and Stackoverflow should be allowed out of the box for IT staff group.

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                                  • Anti Malware alert

                                    Alert when a request is made to a site classified as malware (Leeds Teaching Hospitals)

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                                    • Whitelisting for IDS

                                      It would be ideal if certain traffic or IP's flagged by the IDS could be added to a whitelist or certain end points ignored so they don't clog up the logging.

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                                          1 comment  ·  User Experience  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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