Before we dive right into the Web Filter, let’s review some Web Filter basics.
Here is how to log into the Web Filter
- Open a web browser and navigate to the IP address of your Lightspeed Systems Rocket Appliance (for example, http://192.168.0.200).
- Log in as username admin, and the password you selected when you ran the setup wizard.
- If needed, select the tier and/or authentication source from the dropdown .
- Click Login.
Tip: Select (check) Remember Me to fill in your username automatically.
Ready to leave? Remember to log out.
To end your current session, click the “key” icon at the bottom left corner of the page.
After you log in, you will be taken to the Web Filter Dashboard.
From the Dashboard, you can view current activity, including network traffic, system health, and a selection of summary reports.
The Network Traffic graphs show activity for total throughput and requests originating from within the network. These graphs show activity for the preceding ten minutes and are refreshed automatically about every five seconds.
- Hover the mouse over any point on the graphs to see a popup with more information.
Adding Widgets to the Dashboard
You can add Widgets (Summary Reports) to the Dashboard to see aggregated information about activity on your Rocket Appliance.
To Add a Widget
- 1. Navigate to the Dashboard (home page) of your Rocket Appliance.
- 2. Scroll down and click Manage Widgets
- 3. Select your widget from the list. Any report from the Web Filter: Summeries can be saved as a widget.
- 4. Saving a widget is easy. Simply navigate to a Summary Report (ex. Top Allowed Categories), generate the report, and save it as a widget. You will learn more about reports later in the course.
The following illustration shows an example of the Top Blocked Categories report.
- Click an area of the graph for a popup with more information.
- Click the arrow (“V”) at the top right corner of the report for options.
Note: For installations with multiple tiers, you can select the tier to view from this menu.
The System Health box provides a dynamic status report for the appliance.
- A green “checkmark” indicates that the service is performing correctly.
- A yellow “question mark” indicates a request for action, for example low disk space or memory, or an available software update. Click the name of the item to review the request.
- A red “X” indicates that the service is in an error condition. Click the name of the item to navigate to a status page with additional information.
This page opens when you click the “Bell” icon in the top right area of the page. This page shows you a list of current “System Health” notifications, sorted from newest (top) to oldest (bottom). The Notifications page shows you system events that require your attention. Each entry in the list has a clickable link that takes you to page with more information on the event.
To dismiss items from the list, select (check) the checkbox next to the item, then click Mark as read.
When there are unread notifications in the Notification Center, a number will appear in the top navigation bar next to the “bell” icon. You should review and take action on these notifications promptly.
Tip: To receive email alerts, add your email address to your Profile, and select Log and Email Alerts in your Notification Settings.
In addition to editing your account info, your Profile page lets you view notifications, set notification preferences, view and remove dashboard widgets, access and remove favorite reports. Click your username and then Profile in the top-right area of the page.
- Authentication Source – When you log into the Rocket, your login credentials are verified with the authentication source indicated here. Note that you can only change the authentication source for user accounts account from Tier Management page for your tier (normally Root).
- User name – Used to log into the Rocket. Must be tied to authentication source.
- Email – This is the email address to use for alerts and notifications generated by the software.
- Description – This description appears under your Administrators account on the Tier Management page.
- Language – Defaut language.
- Role– Administrator roles are defined on the Tier Management page for your tier, and control access to specific administrative tasks on the Rocket. Note that you can only change the administrator role for user accounts account from the Tier Management page for your tier (normally Root).
- Notifications – The Rocket can send you notifications of system activity and user actions. Choose Off, Log only, or Log and email alerts.
- IP Ranges for reports – You can customize the scope for reports by entering IP ranges in this box. For example, if you always want to see reports for specific buildings, enter each IP range on a separate line within the box.