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Introducing Cipafilter 9.0
Posted by Andrew Derbyshire on 05 July 2016 01:10 PM

Cipafilter Version 9.0


Cipafilter is proud to announce version 9.0 of our device firmware! With the latest release we are bringing improved efficiency and heightened accountability. We focused on two crucial areas: improving your network, and creating a better user experience for students, teachers, and administrators alike.


Advanced Bandwidth Control

Teaching children is the top priority of any school, let Cipafilter’s Advanced Bandwidth Control ensure it stays that way in your school. Advanced Bandwidth Control allows you to finally prioritize the most important traffic, and make sure students stay on task. Cipafilter allows you to prioritize traffic by subnet, group, domain, port, and application layer. Not only will your network run smoother and more efficiently, your students can focus on what is actually important. You can prioritize state testing by giving it critical priority to ensure absolute uptime during one of the most stressful times of year. Communication is critical, prioritize VoIP traffic to ensure your IP phone conversations come through crystal clear. Advanced Bandwidth Control gives you the ability to keep your network running efficiently and your students learning without distractions.


Web Reporting Enhancements

Use Cipafilter’s latest web reporting enhancements to see relevant, useful information, quickly. Establish more user accountability with the following enhancements:


  • InSite™ reports give you page titles to create a “browser history” view of...
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Google Public DNS Issues
Posted by Dan Schuler on 18 March 2016 10:16 AM

Yesterday we identified that Google's Public DNS servers ( & encountered an issue where they began returning either slow or invalid DNS responses. For customers using Google as both their primary and secondary DNS, this may result in websites seeming slow or unresponsive. Our proactive support team has been working to help alleviate the issue on affected customers. If you believe you are experiencing this issue, we suggest changing one of the DNS entries on the Cipafilter to point to another public DNS server, such as those offered by your ISP. 

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Cipafilter 8.8 Preview
Posted by Dan Schuler on 01 September 2015 02:37 PM

Cipafilter is proud to announce version 8.8 of our device firmware. Our major priorities for this version related to SSL decryption and authentication, two subjects on which we have received tremendous feedback from our customers. However, as always, improvements have been made in a number of areas.

SSL decryption by group and domain

SSL decryption is the best — and sometimes only — way to filter the increasingly secure Web. However, many customers have found it to be a complicated investment. Cipafilter 8.8 improves the flexibility and ease of deployment of SSL decryption in two related ways: First, it is now possible to apply SSL decryption on a per-group basis. This allows organizations to selectively exempt particular groups (such as teachers or application servers) from decryption. In addition, decryption can be applied or exempted for each group on a per Web site basis, allowing you to decrypt only what you want.

Multiple authentication directory services

Previous firmware versions supported only a single authentication directory service, which could be a limitation for larger and more complex environments. With Cipafilter 8.8, we now support any number of authentication back-ends. User log-in attempts will be passed to each service in turn until either one succeeds or they all fail. We continue to support all of the back-end options from previous firmware: Microsoft Active Directory, Apple Open Directory, Novell eDirectory, Google OAuth, and Cipafilter User Manager.

Integration with wireless devices via RADIUS accounting

With the new E-Rate focus on wireless systems, we have added the ability for Cipafilter to integrate with wireless APs such as those provided by Ruckus and Aruba. Cipafilter can be configured to receive authentication events from supported APs via RADIUS accounting, providing a seamless authentication experience for your...
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