Filtering by IP address and MAC address is enough for most networks. However, in networks with dynamic IP addresses or BYOD networks, you may not identify clients by IP or MAC. In this case, AD integration is a widely adopted solution for internet content filtering.
Both “WFilter Enterprise” and “WFilter NG Firewall” provides “AD integration” solution, which enables you to do reporting, monitoring and filtering with domain users.
1. AD Integration in “WFilter Enterprise”.
More details can be found at: Active directory Integration of WFilter Enterprise
2. WFilter NG Firewall
With WFilter NG Firewall, not only you can do “AD integration”, you also can add “Local accounts” for monitoring, filtering and VPN access.
Please check: WFilter NG Firewall Active directory Integration Solutions
Torrent downloading can consume most of your bandwidth. It’s rather annoying for IT administrators.
With WFilter NG Firewall, you can detect torrent traffic, block torrent downloading and get bandwidth report of torrent traffic.
In this post, I will demonstrate the steps to block torrent in LAN network with WFilter NG Firewall. Please note that WFilter block torrent by protocol matching. So once you block bittorrent in WFilter, all other torrent clients, including bittorrent, utorrent, qtorrent will all be blocked.
1. New a blocking policy in “App Control”.
2. Name it “block torrent”, set “bittorrent” to “deny”.
3. Torrent clients being blocked.
Please note that all WFilter products can block torrent in Lan network. You may check other topics:
How to block utorrent downloading with WFilter 4.1?
How to block torrent downloading with WFilter free?
How to block BitTorrent traffic in your network?
In a previous blog How to monitor internet bandwidth usage in lan network?, I introduced features and steps to monitor lan bandwidth with WFilter NG Firewall.
We have another windows software program named “WFilter Enterprise”, which also can monitor clients bandwidth in pass-by deployment. The WFilter pc do not need to be a gateway or network bridge, it can do internet monitoring and filtering through a mirroring port in your switch or router(passby deployment). With pass-by deployment, you don’t need to change network topology or add new hardware to deploy an internet content filter.
In this guide, I will demonstrate the bandwidth monitoring features of WFilter Enterprise 4.1.
1. Realtime bandwidth shows clients list and real-time bandwidth rate.
2. Click bandwidth to get live connections of a client.
You also can terminate connections by clicking the red icon.
3. Bandwidth Report by protocols
The reports have pie, bar, line and data formats. You can do report by username, data, protocol name and protocol category.
4. Bandwidth Alert
Send an alert email when bandwidth threshold is reached.
Internet bandwidth is always not enough if clients in your network have unrestricted internet access. Torrent, downloading, online videos can eaisly consume most of your bandwidth.
As an IT administrator, to protect your internet bandwidth from being abused, you need to have full control of your network.
WFilter provides a total solution to monitor and manage internet bandwidth usage in lan network, with below features:
1. Monitoring live connections bandwidth
In “real-time bandwidth”, you can get a list of client devices, including IPs, MAC addresses, operator system and bandwidth rate. You also can get live connections of client devices.
2. Bandwidth shaper and priority optimize
A complete guide of bandwidth optimization can be found at here: WFilter NG Firewall bandwidth optimization solutions
3. Bandwidth usage reports
WFilter NG firewall needs to be deployed as gateway or network bridge of your network. If you prefer pass-by bandwidth monitoring solutions, please check: WFilter Enterprise.
A youtube video of internet bandwidth monitoring of WFilter Enterprise can be found at: How to monitor internet bandwidth usage on network?