Today I trekked down to the local Fry’s and picked up a couple of items I’ve been wanting and needing. The first item was the Netgear FVS318 ProSafe VPN Firewall. On paper this firewall has everything I need, except one thing. Throughput.
I have a Verizon FIOS internet connection. The 25/5 plan I have gives me great speed. But after connecting the Netgear FVS318 and running some speed tests, it became all too obvious very quickly this was going to be a swift return. I was only getting download speeds of 7MB and upload speeds of 3MB. In other words, this device was a terrible bottleneck. So I didn’t even bother testing URL blocking or content filtering. The picture at right is what it’s supposed to look like.
So back to the question in the title. What do you use at the gateway level to block websites or do content filtering? I was talking with a nice man and his wife about their needs, and they would also like content filtering via keywords. I noticed the FVS318 allows for 32 URLs or keywords, but that seems like a pretty small list. If you have teens, you know why I am asking.
Most of the consumer grade firewalls seem to be lacking this feature. I used to do this easily with the ISA Firewall Server that was part of Microsoft Small Business Server, but I am no longer using a business class static ip plan internet connection. Maybe it’s time to move back. My wife is pretty fed up with hosted email.
Recommendations and advice welcome. Thanks.
One last thing to the parents reading this. Do yourself a favor and do not put computers in the bedrooms of your home. Keep all of the computers and game consoles in a common area. This includes laptops.