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Hi,

I want to know if it's possible to track the websites visited by clients using just an Aerohive AP? I've looked at a few posts with other users asking this but they're all 9+ months old.

If the Aerohive firewall can be used to restrict/allow access to certain websites, surely it can be used for reporting too.

I know it can be done using a 3rd party firewall or an external proxy service but this is not an option at the moment.

Thanks for any help.
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Hi Gregor,

Largely copying an answer that I have written before, it is the same today...

To get the detail that you are after, you would need to do so using something else like a modern, application aware firewall within a network.

It is a feature that you would not expect to see in a edge, access layer device such as an AP or switch.

Succinctly, you are looking and expecting for this in the wrong place. There are technical reasons why this is not sensible or realistic for this to be implemented in the APs.

There would be significant reliability, resource and performance issues gathering and then buffering the data, and then getting it out of the APs to somewhere else.

The out-of-band nature of HiveManager, typically cloud hosted, would also be very ill suited to receiving this amount of raw data if you had wanted to see it logged there.

Regards,

Nick
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Alright, worth checking :) thanks.
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It is also becoming of lesser value doing this as the Internet is inexorably moving towards a HTTPS-only model for the Web.
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