Norton by Symantec on Tuesday announced the Norton Core secure router for smart devices in the connected home at CES in Las Vegas.
The router protects up to 20 PCs, Macs, Android and iOS smartphones and tablets on a home network, and unlimited devices connected to the Internet of Things.New High-Performance Wi-Fi Router, Built from The Ground Up to Secure Home Networks and IoT Devices, Will Come Bundled with Subscription to Award-Winning Norton Security.
Norton Core is designed with speed, coverage, reliability, ease of use and security as top considerations for all of the notebooks, smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, gaming consoles, Wi-Fi thermostats, IP cameras and other connected devices in a home. A few key product highlights include:
Superior wireless performance: Norton Core will support Wave 2 Wi-Fi and will be powered by a 1.7 GHz dual core processor, with ample memory and flash storage to ensure optimal performance for Wi-Fi and security features. Norton Core will simultaneously transmit at 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz, so every device connects to the best available band. Norton Core will also support speeds up to 2.5 Gbps , for fast 4K streaming and lag-free gaming. Using MU-MIMO technology, Norton Core can simultaneously stream to multiple devices, providing maximum bandwidth.
Advanced Security: With security at the heart of Norton Core, every network packet incoming and outgoing across the home network is scanned for malware, viruses, spam, intrusions, and much more. If a connected device is detected with known vulnerabilities or threats, Norton Core can immediately quarantine the device to a segregated network and send an alert to the user.
Security Score: To help consumers manage their connected home security, Norton Core is introducing “Security Score.” This feature is like a “credit score” for home network security. Users will be able to quickly understand how secure their network and devices are in real-time, and are given tips to strengthen their security settings and improve their score.
Easy to manage: Users can manage and monitor their home network directly from their connected mobile devices. With a single tap, the home screen will display the security score, show the number of threats blocked, and the number of devices currently connected to a home network. Using the app, consumers can remotely adjust Wi-Fi settings and block suspicious behavior.
Secure guest access: Norton Core makes it easy to set up and create a secure guest network with a few easy clicks. For added protection, guest access can be set for a specific duration, so when it expires, the guest can no longer connect.
Automatic updates: Norton Core protection stays new and current by automatically updating itself with the newest features and the latest security updates, without interrupting the connection.
The router combines an omnidirectional antenna design with advanced beam forming to "ensure your devices get stellar WiFi anywhere in your home," Symantec's Karim said.It can pause the home network as required, and can identify which devices can and can not be paused, he said. IoT devices such as alarm systems, door locks, IP cameras, healthcare devices and appliances won't be paused.
Consumers can preorder the Norton Core now; it will begin shipping in the United States this summer.The router is priced at US$200, which includes a one-year complimentary subscription to Norton Core Security Plus. The subscription will cost $10 a year after that.
A Good First Effort
The Norton Core is not the first such router on the market; F-Secure, for example, has been shipping a router for the connected home for some time.Still, Symantec is "a widely known security brand in the consumer space, and they're using Qualcomm's latest radios to ensure the device is as current as they can make it,"noted Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group.
The Norton Core "anticipates mesh networking in the home to provide full coverage," he told TechNewsWorld, although it has not yet been implemented.
Layers of Security
The Norton Core "raises the question of whether your hardware and software solutions should be integrated into a single platform.Software needs to change so quickly, and it seems like the top security software solutions change over time.The Norton Core is designed as a geodesic dome, but there's a reason why the best routers are funky looking, they need to optimize the number and location of the antennas.