Hi All, I've been a very happy Untangle user (free version, home use) for about a year now. I've had practically no issues with it (and I'm in no position to offer much useful help to others) so you haven't seen me around here very much. However, I have run into one nagging problem that I'm pretty sure others may run into occasionally...
This installation is the default free version, set for automatic updating, so it's very likely the latest configuration. There are a number of filters configured, but the one of interest is the Ad Blocker. There are some sites (CNN and MSNBC to name two popular ones) where the Ad Blocker causes serious loss of functionality.
On CNN, there are several "sections" (click on the "Justice" heading on the main page) that come up blank. There is some HTML for the "Justice" page, but nothing is displayed. Turning off ad blocking allows the page to be displayed. I've searched the page source for a clue to what's not loading, but have not turned up anything useful.
On MSNBC, some/most videos won't play properly. Strangely enough, the video AD plays properly, but the content itself never loads. Again, turning off ad blocking allows things to work.
Now, I'd love to troubleshoot this myself. I encountered many situations like this pre-Untangle when I was using Winproxy. Winproxy had a very useful tool for resolving such problems -- it could log every connection attempt with a time stamp. So finding the culprit was easy -- once you know when the problem occurred, you just looked at the log and could see in detail what it was trying to do. Then you could adjust the ad blocker and, presto, problem solved.
Well, you can't do that with Untangle, far as I know, because there's no such thing as a connection logger.
So that's my suggestion/request: 1) Could someone who knows how to do such things add a function like this to, say, the Report module? I can't be the only person who'd appreciate detailed connection logging! And 2) Could whoever maintains the Ad Blocker PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE put in a string search function? Looking for "xyz" pattern is a real chore as it is now.
Thanks for reading, and thanks for any insights or suggestions you may have.