Turn off flow logging?

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    Firewalla

    You can turn  monitor off;

    tap on devices->[their device]->monitoring off

    The Monitoring button is used to control whether the device is monitored by Firewalla or not. When turned off, no traffic to that device can be monitored, flows will not be recorded, and no connection can be blocked by Firewalla.

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    Todd W

    Thanks for the quick reply! I'll read up on monitoring.  

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    GamerZer0

    This would be an interesting feature... have all the "safety features" ON but exclude specific devices from the main flows screen/view... So keep network protected... apply all my rules... but don't show me what device X and/or Y etc are doing or any details of the data flows.

    Something like Silent/Blind Protection.

    Turning off monitoring is not a solution here I guess.

    Could be related... Details on "What happens when Monitoring is off, or Emergency Access is on?":

    https://help.firewalla.com/hc/en-us/articles/16639311975059-What-happens-when-Monitoring-is-off-or-Emergency-Access-is-on-

     

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    Michael Bierman

    @gamerzer0 the problem I see with that is there is no way to see if the rules worked as intended. I can imagine that being a support nightmare. 

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    GamerZer0

    True... Maybe best to add filter in Network Flows screen to "exclude" one or more devices. Maybe that's one safe way to do it.

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    Todd W

    I think the way Pi-Hole handles this is great.  You can adjust the levels of logging to see what's getting blocked, etc. Flip a toggle when you're having problems to see what's going on, flip it off when you're satisfied.  

    I agree, turning off monitoring is not ideal.  There should be some level of granularity in determining what gets logged without compromising functionality.

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    Firewalla

    I may have missed the point on this thread. :(

    @Todd, do you mean to do filter the network traffic? or you don't see the logs of traffic?

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    Todd W

    @firewalla I don't want to see the traffic, but I want the functionality.  For example, it seems like disabling monitoring turns off things like ad blocking (bad) and I don't see the details of my teen's web use in flows (good).

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    Firewalla

    In the next app 1.56, we will have a way to exclude traffic from devices while displaying the flows. This should work for you. 

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    Todd W

    Thank you! I look forward to testing that in the beta program!

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    1980cyber

    What does the noise include?

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    Firewalla

    This is what I got from the unreleased-release-notes 

    • System Noise: Excluding system noise will filter out background traffic on your OS system and commonly seen apps. It helps you focus on important activities within your network.

     

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    1980cyber

    can we configure the noise level?

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    Sean K

    I first wanted to say thank you for this feature. Could you also give us the ability to exclude based on port or protocol. i.e DNS. Can be noisy sometimes.

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