What are rules?
Firewalla is able to block any device's internet access either at IP address level, site domain level, or certain category of sites. When you block something, a rule will be generated.
Blocking action is mostly often done from:
- Device UI: block gaming/social/video activity
- Alarm UI: clear an alarm and block future access of a site
To view all existing blocking rules, just tap on the "Rules" button.
We have noticed that in some cases, user maybe overly cautious about alarms, which results in blocking websites that shouldn't be blocked. In case some of your normal internet access is blocked, check your blocked rule first.
How to delete a rule?
step 1: Tap on 'Rules' button
step 2: Under 'Blocked' tab, tap on the rule that you want to delete
This screen captures all blocked sites from everywhere. To see why a particular site is blocked, just tap on the corresponding rule.
step 3: Tap on delete button
This screen shows this rule is taking affect on which device, target site domain address, and how long it is blocked for.
How to manually add a rule?
Many of our power users asked us to allow them to manually add blocking rules. This feature is now available. You should now have "+" sign on the top right corner of the "Rules" UI.
Tap on the "+" will bring up the adding a new blocking rule UI. To add a new rule, you need to specify three things: Block target (what to block), Apply to (taking affect on which device), and Schedule (duration of the blocking).
Note: Currently, Schedule can only choose "Always", there will be other options available in the future, such as blocking for an hour, blocking only on weekdays, etc.