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by JamesAnderson
Sat Aug 04, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: Meetinghouse Internet
Topic: Technology Manager - Update Message
Replies: 17
Views: 543

Re: Technology Manager - Update Message

The great thing about being able to monitor signal strength is to be sure the dish did not get knocked the least bit out of kilter, while they are large and heavy and no easily moved, a heavy windstorm or strong thunderstorm can 'push' the receiver just enough in the slightest way to weaken the sign...
by JamesAnderson
Wed Jul 18, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Meetinghouse Internet
Topic: Filtering Levels
Replies: 28
Views: 768

Re: Filtering Levels

The best filtering company database by far is that run by Symantec, after acquiring Blue Coat that got even better, what they have even includes the stuff Cerberian had as first Blue Coat bought them and then Symantec bought Blue Coat. With 20 years of data, virtually everything gets a rating fairly...
by JamesAnderson
Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Meetinghouse Internet
Topic: Filtering Levels
Replies: 28
Views: 768

Re: Filtering Levels

We had problems until we rewired the building with more current cabling, you need to have Cat 5 or better. Also run speed tests near the WAP points, typically those away from the router. We did all that and have not had problems, and we now get 4 bars in the RS room where we only got two or three be...
by JamesAnderson
Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Meetinghouse Internet
Topic: Filtering Levels
Replies: 28
Views: 768

Re: Filtering Levels

Have been made aware of another issue which may account for some of the persistent bandwidth problems. There are 'VPN' apps people use to get around filtering anywhere. If they get on a network wifi that blocks what they want to use they switch to the VPN, then use that to bypass filters yet they st...
by JamesAnderson
Mon Jul 02, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: Meetinghouse Internet
Topic: Whitelist
Replies: 19
Views: 1057

Re: Whitelist

That will happen I am sure, but since most have data limits, they will soon find it doesn't pay, but the changes have made a difference even though my stake has few youth. It has made it better when trying to pull up a Church resource even through apps.
by JamesAnderson
Mon May 07, 2018 1:10 pm
Forum: Meetinghouse Internet
Topic: Whitelist
Replies: 19
Views: 1057

Re: Whitelist

Yes to adding Netflix, it is a known bandwidth hog. Also SlingTV and DirecTV Now, they are very similar to Comcast/Xfinity in what they do and how they deliver the media. Also need iHeart Radio added to the list, as it is the third-largest streaming music platform, behind #1 Pandora and #2 Spotify. ...
by JamesAnderson
Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Other Websites
Topic: Many Church videos blocked when YouTube safety filters on
Replies: 8
Views: 2640

Re: Many Church videos blocked when YouTube safety filters on

Check the categorization of Mormon Channel (mormonchannel.org) as some filters may call it streaming media on account of the radio stations and podcast content. It's heavy emphasis on audio/video content, and the separate URL, may have caused the categorization of that domain to be different than fo...
by JamesAnderson
Mon Feb 22, 2016 9:38 pm
Forum: Meetinghouse Internet
Topic: New DNS Filtering Policy
Replies: 58
Views: 9186

Re: New DNS Filtering Policy

Of the six named, the Church has an extensive presence on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Elder Bednar has encouraged member use of those sites for missionary activities, I use Twitter a lot to send things out and last week I sent the 2015 Youth Theme song 'Embark' into a discussion of Grammy nom...
by JamesAnderson
Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:02 pm
Forum: Meetinghouse Internet
Topic: Apple.com Blocked
Replies: 20
Views: 3222

Re: Apple.com Blocked

A separate thread on this forum, look for the one about 'Cortana' a search assistant used on some smartphone apps for primarily Microsoft-produced apps, for some additional issues that may be related to the above, since some of this is affecting the Missionary Area Book app and a couple of other cri...
by JamesAnderson
Tue Jan 05, 2016 9:59 pm
Forum: Meetinghouse Internet
Topic: Cortana not working on Meetinghouse Internet
Replies: 16
Views: 2930

Re: Cortana not working on Meetinghouse Internet

I ran some of the URLs in the traceroute through this Zscaler site, http://zulu.zscaler.com/ which tests for a variety of malicious issues and spam, but does not give content filter categorizations (that is not the issue though). All came well under the threshhold of 50/100 for 'suspicious' sites or...

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