This article explains some options for managing URL Access for users when running a Cisco Business network.
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Have you had problems with your network running smoothly? Are you observing slow speeds and are not sure why? Are you worried that employees are visiting sites that they shouldn’t be? Could unsafe hackers be making their way into your network? If you are looking for some options for tracking or restricting websites, here is a good place to start.
A Cisco Umbrella subscription is recommended as the most comprehensive option. You can start here to learn about the basics of Umbrella and receive a free 14-day trial.
Add Cisco Umbrella to RV340 or RV345 Routers
If you have an RV340 or RV345 router, you can purchase an Umbrella add-on license. Click on the Configuring Cisco Umbrella on your Network via RV34x series routers link for more information.
Add Cisco Umbrella to Non-Mesh Wireless Access Points
If you use any of the following WAPs from the 100 series (WAP121, WAP125, WAP131, and WAP150), 300 series (WAP321, WAP351, WAP361, or WAP371), or 500 series (WAP551, WAP561, WAP571, WAP571E, or WAP581), you should reference the following links:
Add Cisco Umbrella to Cisco Business Wireless (CBW) Mesh Access Points
If you are using 140AC, 145AC, or 240AC CBW equipment in your network, check out Configure Cisco Umbrella on Cisco Business Wireless Access Point.
Application profiling can be configured right on the access point as well. To learn about this feature, click to open the Application Profiling article.
Webroot on the RV260 Router
An RV260 router comes with a year subscription of Webroot for free. This option doesn’t track all websites visited, but it can be used to look up URLs and see their content category, reputation score, and status. You can also set policies to allow or block certain websites.
Learn more about Webroot on RV260 routers:
Web Filter Licensing on RV340 and RV345 Routers
Web Filtering includes an Intrusion Prevention System, Antivirus, Web Security, Application Identification, and Client Identification. Simply put, it allows you to manage access to inappropriate websites on your network and can screen a client’s web access requests to determine whether to allow or deny that website. RV340 and RV345 routers offer a 90-day trial of Web Filtering. After that, a license can be purchased for this service. For more information on this, check out How to Purchase and Set Up Web Filter Licensing on the RV34x Series Routers.
Now you have your starting point to decide what fits your needs. Good luck with your decision!