I work at a school and the previous IT guy bought a very expensive filter that was not user friendly at all and had to be rebooted often because filtering would randomly stop working. I got tired of it and started researching and testing alternatives.
After looking at various paid filters I came across NxFilter and decided to give it a go. It is very easy to set up and get running. Within 30 minutes or so I had it running on two machines in clustered mode. After testing it for a week with no issues, I deployed it on our network. Ever since then it's been running great and handling hundreds of thousands of requests without a sweat.
Works great to control and monitor internet access. We use it at a school, the staff have content filtered access and the students have restricted access. You can restrict by the machine or by the IP address range. Very versatile. Very easy to setup. Fast support. It is enterprise level technology available for free! We use IP filtering and no one needs to log-in to get internet access. Makes it simple and invisible to the end users.
NXFilter is a DNS based web filter, with all the features you would expect and a few that you wouldn't (I quite like the feature where you can protect and filter machines off your local network.)
Fast, stable and Enterprise ready, with friendly and quick support. What more do you want?
Fitness for purpose superb.
While you can do things individually by other means, this will meet your needs in a nifty web page type layout.
Explaining this in any detail would be impossible here and Snapfiles covered it nicely in the description. I will say though, for help, go right to the site. I personally couldn't find any help from the program itself. I did figure out that the default password is Admin and from there had access and changed my password immediately. Again, go to the site itself for help if need be.
This is something I will have on all my PCs now but warn, it's not for the less technically inclined, you WILL have to do some learning otherwise this will do nothing for you, as stated, some network background needed.
Great freebie will suggest to everyone I know.
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