You may never have to buy Anti-Virus software again depending on what router you use at home. Companies are now adding Anti-Virus software to their routers to help you protect yourself from hackers. If your router does not have VPN then you are unfortunately not protected once you leave home. Thus allowing you to take out all of the unnecessary steps of having to find the best anti-virus software for you.
There are a few routers on the market with ant-virus protection and they are Norton Core, Bit Defender Box, Asus Hivespot (which hasn’t been released yet), and the Asus Rt-AC88U.There will be other routers coming out with this feature in the future.
Norton Core: $199.99
Norton Core protects up to 20 devices connected to it and this includes Phones, Window’s PC’s, Macs, tablets, and internet-of-things. This comes with a one free year subscription for Norton Antivirus meaning you do not need any other anti-virus protection on any of your other devices.
One of the cool features about the Core is that on your Android or Apple device you can download a mobile app to it which allows you to stop the internet to any device on that network, or you can schedule a time to turn off the broadband connection until you schedule a time for it to come back on.
For the hardware aspect of thing this tiny but yet power packed router is only 6x6x5 inches and is equipped with a 1.7 GHz processor. It supports 4×4 AC2600 Wi-Fi standard and can support top speed of 5 GHz band with 1.73 megabits per second, on the 2.4 GHz band it is able to support 800 Mbps. This tiny device can also support 4GB of flash memory and the system has a memory of 1 GB.
Asus RT-AC88U: $269.99
Asus RT-AC88U allows anyone to take their gaming speeds to a whole new level. With that being said you can protect your gamin with Asus Ai Protection allowing you to be protected from third party applications, helping you save computer memory. The RT-AC88U supports multiple devices and allows you to stream 1080 p. The devices supported on this router are IP cameras, thermostats, and other internet-of-things. You are able to control you network anywhere with the Asus Router App. With this app you are able to set up another router, manage network traffic, update firmware, and diagnose connection issues. That is all without turning on a pc!
Now for the hardware side of things this router has a built in 3.0 and 2.0 USB ports, allowing you to connect external storage drives and printers to your routers without using any of the ports. This has 8 ports on the back compared to the standard of four which is really nice. The router has a download/upload speed up to 1800 Mbps and with data transfers over USB is over 100 MB/s. MU-MIMI on this allows any device connected to it to have its own full speed Wi-Fi instead of a single user MIMO. Coverage for this device is a very large home with a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor. This isn’t as small as the rest of the routers coming in with the dimensions of 11.8 x 7.4 x 2.38 inches.
The HiveSpot router is made by Asus and has a three access points, with there being three access units you can have one unit be your main router and the other to can be used for broadband modem, and wireless extender. HiveSpot is protected by Ai Protection that is powering Trend Micro. It’s a free program on the router that protects the anything on the home network from cyber threats and malware.
Since the HiveSpot has three routers two of those routers run on 5 GHz and the third router runs on 2.4 GHz thus allowing anyone connected to almost reduce the risk of losing signal, or entering a dead zone like most routers. Each router is quite small measuring in at 5.51 x 5.51x 1.57 Inches with a AC2134 Wi-Fi system. According to Asus website it says that this system covers very large homes.
Bitdefender Box: $129.00
Finally, we have the Bitdefender box, it allows you to have your devices protected no matter where you are. Whether you are connected to public Wi-Fi or you are using a mobile network you are still protected. When you leave your home the box protects your device by you activating the private line feature and it will set up a VPN (Virtual Private Network). It protects smart phones, smart TV’s, home appliances, gaming consoles and even baby monitors. It works by scanning network traffic and looks for malicious activity. The protection software is only free for a year and after that you have to pay a subscription fee of $99.00 per year.
The Bitdefender box can be activated on devices with Android 4.0 (or newer), iOS 7.0 (or newer), Mac OSX 10.7 (or newer) and Windows 7 (or newer). The specifications of the device are 3.5 x 3.5 x 1.1 Inches operating with a Bandwidth of 100 Mps.