I would like to be able to block bandwidth-heavy services from my network, such as automatic software updates, Steam downloads, and iCloud's Photo Stream.
Why? Because our network is on a very limited 1GB / 8 hours satellite connection that costs over $1000/mo (we're in a very remote location). Exceeding that limit plunges the network into an 8 hour "penalty" period of almost zero bandwidth, during which it is near impossible to communicate.
I have blocked URLs I know about in my router, but there are a multitude of different software updates triggered by all sorts of vendors that it's impossible to know every one. Perhaps URL blocking in my router is where I need to continue to fight this battle, but having a "Bandwidth-heavy" category and/or "Software Updates" category would be useful to me.
(I understand software updates are vital to security especially in multi-computer environments, but not at the expense of little-to-no communication with the outside world for days on end. Software updates can be downloaded when people are not visiting and are back on broadband.).
Again, I likely will have to continue this battle via URL blocking in my router, but for what it's worth, please consider this a vote for a couple new blocking categories.
Thanks for reading!
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