About Connect Filter

Note: You can't install Connect Filter and IDex Client together on the same device.

Connect filter enforces your organization's web filter policies on your devices that connect to the Internet outside of your local network. You add the interfaces that the client uses to communicate with the Smoothwall Filter. You can use any interface that you set up on your Smoothwall with Connect Filter, but you must add the interface to Connect Filter for it to be able to use it. External interfaces are for devices that are taken off-site, and internal interfaces are for devices that are logged directly into your network. There's no restriction on the type of interface that you use for communication between the client and the Smoothwall Filter. However, you should treat Bond, Bridge and PPPoE interfaces as external interfaces and VLAN interfaces as internal interface.

For Bond and Bridge interfaces, we recommend that you turn on the "parent" Bond or Bridge interface for use with Connect Filter Client and leave the Bonded or Bridged interfaces as unavailable for use. Depending on where the Smoothwall Filter sits on your network, you might need to setup a port forward on your Internet Services Provider's router to redirect Connect Filter traffic to the correct port on the Smoothwall Filter.

If you use a load balancer, you can use the virtual IP address assigned to the Smoothwall Filter service as a Connect Filter Client interface. You can configure such addresses on the Settings page before they can be used on the Connect Filter page.

Connect for Chromebooks

Connect for Chromebooks is a Chrome extension that you can deploy to all Chromebooks on your network. Once the user is logged into the Chromebook, Connect for Chromebooks handles any subsequent authentication requests.

Things you can do here

Adding interfaces for Connect Filter

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Connect Filter

Add interface for Connect Filter

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