BREAKINGNEWS: Symantec Use CeBIT To Reveal New Stylish High Security Consumer Router
Symantec is using CeBIT 2018 to launch their Norton Core Router, in Australia, the stylish device which is already on sale overseas incorporates advanced network security tools and parental control features but there is a catch which could cost you hundreds of dollars over a five-year period.
The software security Company who normally pitches their products at the B2B market claims that this device will protect “smart” devices preventing them from being hijacked by a botnet or virus.
When you buy this device, you get an unlimited subscription to Norton antivirus software, extending protection down to individual devices.
Symantec say the Norton Core Wi-Fi router will be available for Australian customers later this winter at a price-point of $399. The Granite Grey version of the Norton Core is available for pre-order now.
The big question is whether this device is a router or an overpriced security device that sucks people into an annual security subscription.
As a sweetener for consumers to sign up to Norton’s cloud security offering Symantec is throwing in 25GB of cloud backup to sweeten the deal.
Core Security might sound like new software, but it’s actually Norton Security Premium software that can be purchased separately from the Norton web site.
After your first year, of free protection you will be hit with having to pay $104 dollars a year for a new annual licence of Norton Premium protection software.
Inside the Core, there’s a 1.7GHz processor with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of eMMC Flash memory. It has 2.4GHz and 5GHz dual-band radios and supports dual-band 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi, on top of MU-MIMO streaming technology. It’s also a 4×4 AC 2600 router.
The stylish sphere hides a 7-centimetre antenna tower with four dual-band antennae positioned in a phased array to provide 365 degrees of coverage.
If you move your notebook to the kitchen from the lounge, the Core will track you using its directional antennae to boost the signal in the kitchen.
Recent tests of the Norton Core revealed that it struggled to keep up with top-performing AC2600 routers from other manufacturers.
Results were similar in 5GHz throughput tests.
One big plus is that the new device is easy to configure.
All you have to do is download the Norton Core app for either Android or iOS and create a Norton account.
The experience is similar to setting up any router compatible with the Google Wi Fi app or the Bitdefender Box.