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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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