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    Tommy M Webb

    In the latest version of Firewalla Gold’s firmware you cannot unmute the alert to configure a threshold. Any advice?

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    Support Team

    @Tommy, 

    The issue is fixed in the upcoming Testflight version 1.37 (49).

    Please update the iOS App, and give it another try. 

     

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    Ramon Rodriguez

    Is there a way to set a data usage limit per device per month? Not just the overall monthly plan limit.

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    Support Team

    @Ramon, 

    Sorry, we don't support data usage limit per device for now.  The monthly data plan is designed for people who has a data limit imposed by ISP, to prevent the unexpected charges.

    May I know why would you want this feature to be per device? 

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    Ramon Rodriguez

    I have kids that usually spend a ridiculous amount of time streaming youtube videos, netflix content, etc, using most of my monthly data plan. If I’m able to either do traffic shaping and limit bandwidth/resolution for youtube, netflix, amazon prime, etc, or set a data cap per device (TVs mainly, but also PCs and tablets), I could be able to optimize my data usage at home and have enough for me, since now I’m working from home after COVID-19 and have to join multiple video calls everyday. 
    With COVID-19 I’m now having kids being schooled online, and a home office. Both mean my data usage is going up, and this might be for good, so I need ways to optimize my data usage and avoid exceeding the limit.

    Is there something firewalla can do? Or a recommendation you might have? Open to suggestions. Thanks

     

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    Support Team

    @ Ramon, 

    Thanks for the detailed story. I'm afraid we don't have any data limit functions available now, will add it to our to-do list. 

    However, what we do have, is a set of flexible rules that allows you to fine-tune what sites a device can assess, and when it can access them. In your case, I'd suggest you block your kids' devices internet connection while allowing them to access learning sites required by the school, and schedule some allow rules for Youtube, Netflix, etc, for a certain amount of time per day.

    Here is our guide on rules, and the "allow" feature is currently available to the early access user, will be officially published in several weeks: https://help.firewalla.com/hc/en-us/articles/360008521833-Manage-Rules

    Hope this is helpful.

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    Daniel Knoodle

    I would like to add another vote for per device bandwidth shaping/control.  I am in a remote area where my only option for internet service is wireless.  We have an Apple TV for all of our media access but this device alone can eat up 700+ GB per month.  We've had threatening letters from our provider that we have to reduce our usage or be cut off.

    Having the ability to set daily/weekly/monthly usage caps per device would be a tremendous help.  No all streaming media takes up the same amount of data usage.  Different providers (Disney +, Netfilx, etc) have very different usage needs, HD vs non HD, etc so it's hard to know when usage is getting high on a given day unless I monitor it all the time which is the opposite of what technology should be doing for me.

    The Firewalla Gold is an amazing device, keep up the great work!

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    Firewalla

    Per device shaping will be in 1.971.  Please sign up here to join the early access mode, which you can play with it.  https://help.firewalla.com/hc/en-us/community/posts/360046872134-Early-Access-Onboarding

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    Lee Anderson II

    Any plans to have bandwidth usage/alerts by Wan connection? My issue is that I have two Wan connections setup; my primary does not have data caps and my backup does. My Primary however is not as stable due to it being cellular and it sometimes has issues based on where I live in the sticks so the backup kicks in regularly. Unfortunately I don’t see a way to track usage directly through Firewalla by WAN connection (only combined) unless I’m missing something.

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    Sean K

    I'm hitting data caps with my ISP and was looking to purchase this device to help keep us on track.

    I mean it's nice to get an alert that I'm about to hit my data cap but honestly my ISP already tells me that. What I'm needing is a way to look at the past months data and determine if the cause is from streaming, steam updates, and or windows updates. Then if needed I could easily block steam updates and or limit Netflix until the following month.

    I'm to the point I'm looking to setup something to cache steam and or windows updates.

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    Bruce Galleco

    So I have firewalla Red,  the data bandwidth I am seeing is only in the kbs/second.  I have a lot of computers in the house  and cameras and I am currently watching youtube.  There is no way the bandwidth is in the low kbs.  Is this a bug?

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    Support Team

    @Bruce,

    How about the network flows in the main screen? does it look normal, having large amount of upload/download?

    Youtube doesn't download data all the time, it will download and buffer.

    Thanks,

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    Gerald Domnick

    When I first got my blue+ over a year ago my data usage pretty much matched what my ISP said. After a few months though the blue+ has consistently reported noticeably MORE than the ISP. What could be causing this? Is it reporting intranet traffic as well?

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    Matt

    +1 for the per device cap. 

    My firewalla is on 1.9751 but I can't find a way to set this up. I'm like Ramon, my kids are killing my datacap and no amount of negociating/reasoning is helping... Tiktok/twitch and so on are so addictive... 

     

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    André

    Is there a way to show monthly data usage on a per WAN basis as well as combined? I have two ISPs. one wired and the other wireless. I'm using a Firewall Gold with the Firewalla Wi-Fi SD.

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    Michael

    It would be useful to see a breakdown of aggregate data usage as total data uploaded and total data downloaded.
    I have enabled Data Usage monitoring on my Firewalla. At this point in the month, 5 days before my plan resets my Firewalla is reporting that I have used 900+GB of data. However, my ISP reports that I have used ~600GB of data.
    I suspect that my ISP is only tracking download usage but the Firewalla is tracking upload and download usage.
    Viewing the upload and download usage separately would help make the data make more sense. If my assumption that my ISP only counts download usage, then a natural Firewall enhancement would be to monitor and alert on data usage as:
    * download usage alert
    * upload usage alert
    * total (up and down) usage alert

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    Olu Willie

    It would be nice if we could use the Firewalla to set up Bandwidth Quota for every device or group of devices on the network. This would enable the Admin to limit bandwidth for unimportant devices on the network.

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    Firewalla

    @Olu, is this for home use or business use? 

    I don't think it is too hard to track usage per client, but the pain to manage this may be much greater.  

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    Olu Willie

    @Firewalla, it's for home use. I have the Gold Firewalla product and I was thinking of limiting internet bandwidth (like rate limiter or quota) for my kids who usually download a huge amount of internet videos. Is there a way I can limit their Bandwidth rate or daily download size ( in gigabytes)?

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    Firewalla

    You are best use the https://help.firewalla.com/hc/en-us/articles/360056976594-Firewalla-Feature-Smart-Queue function to rate limit. 

    Although it is nice to give quota to devices, but managing that may make things a lot more complex. 

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