[K12OSN] OT: Advice of home cable modem gateway for student's

dale.quigg at aspentech.com dale.quigg at aspentech.com
Mon May 10 15:55:48 UTC 2004

> Date: Sun, 09 May 2004 23:15:15 -0400 (EDT)
> From: aust_txv at ACCESS-K12.org
> I need to supply a student's home with a cable modem gateway which 
> filters and/or logs web traffic. And has an easy enough interface 
> for mom and dad.  Options?
> ClarkConnect Home Edition ?
> SME Server ?
> LTSPK12 with DansGuardian and Webmin ?
> Go with some PC/Windows based solution ?

Hi Tom,
A long time ago, installed SME on a system, but I'm not up to date on it.
More recently, I've installed IPCop, ClarkConnect, and CensorNet
(www.censornet.com) for an application I had.  I ended up using
ClarkConnect.  However, if a nice graphical interface is a primary concern,
I'd choose CensorNet.  It allows a "regular" person to run reports and add
sites to the blacklists via a GUI.  It is by default more restrictive that
others, but this may be a good thing.  For example, you have to specify (or
probe) for allowed MAC addresses that will even get internet connectivity.

IPCop is good, but you have to get Dansguardian from a contributor.  As of a
few months ago, the version of Dansguardian was fairly old and this version
has a big bug where the user can easily get around the filter.  So, I'd
either choose CensorNet or ClarkConnect since both of those are well
supported and updated.

Hope this helps.

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