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Using Connect for Chromebooks

Note: This topic applies to the Framlingham Release.

The Chromebook authentication feature allows internal users to authenticate themselves using their Google credentials, whilst enforcing organizational web filtering policies wherever they are located.

The Connect for Chromebooks extension is a custom utility that can be deployed to all Chromebooks on your network. Once the user is logged into the Chromebook, Connect for Chromebooks handles any subsequent authentication requests.

You can choose to either:

Use Google verification
Provides another level of authentication security
Suitable for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) network configurations
Suitable for non-enrolled Chromebooks
Trust their Google Apps domain credentials
Suitable for enrolled Chromebooks

To prevent users from bypassing the web filter, you should ensure the Chromebook devices are enrolled, and unwanted extensions and applications are blocked from installing.

Note: Google Chromebooks allow multiple users to log into a single Chromebook device at any one time. For Connect for Chromebooks to work seamlessly, this feature needs to be turned off. For a detailed description of how to do this, refer to the Google documentation on

Tip: A Smoothwall Chromebook Filtering FAQ is available here, which advises how to use the third party software needed to utilize this feature.

The following details the configuration needed for either setup.


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