CES 2017: Second-Generation Bitdefender BOX Announced

Subject: Networking | January 6, 2017 - 07:02 AM |
Tagged: router, iot, internet of things, bitdefender, 802.11ac

A couple of years ago, Bitdefender released the Bitdefender BOX, which was a router designed for security that was aimed at home users. They are taking another shot at it for this year’s CES with the second-generation Bitdefender BOX. It is now running on a 1.2 GHz, dual-core ARM Cortex A9 SoC, backed with 1GB of RAM.

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The goal is to have a security-conscious company stand between all of your internet-of-things devices, allowing your TVs, security cameras, and whatever else to function without being a foothold for malicious actors.

Pricing and availability has not yet been finalized, but PCWorld cites a spokesperson for the company that expects the device to sell for $199 USD with a $99/year subscription. If the service is the same as the first-generation device, and I understand the product page correctly, then this subscription also provides a license to their TotalSecurity antivirus as well.

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Source: Bitdefender

January 6, 2017 | 11:07 PM - Posted by YTAT (not verified)

PFSense box running Squid Guard would cost a lot less, and no subscription to contend with.

$150 dollar barebones Zotac Z Box offers a lot more.

January 7, 2017 | 07:28 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

Yeah, I expect the subscription fee (especially with it being that much) is going to be a real turn off for people.

February 10, 2017 | 08:45 PM - Posted by Maxine32 (not verified)

I don't think subscription is that bad, it just makes the product feel incomplete even though a lot of times the subscription isnt that much in the grand scheme of things.this page is pretty informative

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