Greetings all, and a Merry Christmas!
We're a small monastery. And due to this, we need to implement some Internet filtering. Unfortunately, it's not the basic kind of filtering. Frankly, I'm not sure that all of what we're looking to do can be done. But I'm at a loss about where I can look for this information.
At the moment, we've got a basic network, that you'd find a family home: DSL modem-router, a bunch of Ethernet hubs, and a whole bunch of cables.
The computers are mainly running Fedora Linux. There are 3 windows statioins, and 2 OS X stations.
The perfect solution is to be able to have 1 network, where there are 2 or 3 rooms where the Internet is accessible. And, those who have laptops, that they can bring their laptop to these rooms, and have Internet access, but NOT have access while connected to the network in other places. (Complicated, I know).
If that's not possible, ok. (Frankly, I don't think it is, but am very open to suggestions).
What really do need is to be able to allow an Internet connection, restrict bascially all web-surfing, while allowing e-mail, skype, and updates. The updates are my biggest problem. We already have a rule established on the modem-router that blocks surfing activity at night, but still allows e-mail and skype. Yet, this rule also blocks the apple AppStore updates.
So, I'm wondering if we get OSX server, would this help the situation? Where can I get more info about OSX server's filtering capabilities?
If we can't establish all the blocking that we need, then it'd be great if we could have some type of report of each person's activity.
Thanks for the help!