At CES, Symantec has unveiled a new Wi-Fi router which places a top quality on security although still providing on the effectiveness front – and it appears to be very clever, or certainly unconventional.

The Norton Main router is created from the floor-up with the security of the connected house – and all the clever IoT gizmos therein, from clever fridges and TVs to thermostats – firmly in brain.

The router delivers deep packet inspection and scrutiny of just about every network packet both inbound and outbound, scanning for malware and any hints of intrusion. If anything at all suspicious is detected, or a vulnerability uncovered in a connected gadget, explained components can be quarantined and the consumer alerted.

Norton Main will also gain from automatic security updates, so it stays secure without the need of any require for consumer intervention, and also provides a ‘security score’ for the house network.

The corporation likens this to a credit history rating which can promptly show accurately how secure the house network is, and give ideas to increase that security need to the rating be a lower just one.

With measures like these, Main is made to be effortless to regulate, and a easy application can be employed to check the network, change Wi-Fi options, and block anything at all suspicious. You can also established up visitor networks at the touch of a button, and customisable parental controls are readily available.

Geodesic goodness

On the effectiveness front, the router has been made as a ‘geodesic dome of interlocking faces’ containing a one of a kind antenna array. Not only does the latter present a sturdy Wi-Fi signal, but the truth that it appears to be aesthetically enjoyable (or at minimum somewhat unobtrusive, as of study course style is a somewhat subjective matter) and can be placed out in the open up in the house will also assistance in achieving improved signal protection all through the home.

There is a 1.7GHz twin-main processor on board and Norton Main offers 802.11ac, 4×4 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi with a greatest throughput of two.5Gbps.

Norton Main (in gold or granite grey colours) is only readily available to pre-buy in the US appropriate now at an early bird price of $200 (all over £160, AU$275), with the components expected to ship this summer months. You just cannot pre-buy in the United kingdom still, but hopefully that scenario will alter before long.

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