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Skydog review: Tomorrow’s network-management features; yesterday’s hardware

At a Glance

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At a Glance

In its first iteration, the Skydog Wi-Fi router wraps state-of-the-art Web-based management tools in old-fashioned hardware.

Price when rated: $149, plus a $30 annual subscription fee for cloud-management features (the first three years are included)


  • Brilliant network-management features
  • Superb parental controls, tracking, and reporting features
  • Excellent context-sensitive help—including videos!


  • Based on the old 802.11n Wi-Fi standard
  • Both the 2.4- and 5GHz radios support only 2x2 data streams
  • Non-functional USB port
  • WPS currently disabled

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