Now that our homes are overflowing with connected devices—PCs, consoles, mobile gear, smart TVs, tweeting fridges, etc.—security providers are muscling in on and leveling up routers in a bid to better protect all of your gadgets, not just PCs and phones.
F-Secure announced its $200 Sense box early this month, which connects to your router, and your devices connect to it. It then analyzes the traffic coming to or from any device on that network, finding and blocking potential threats for every device in your house.
AVG’s Chime (pictured), meanwhile, does things differently. It’s actually multiple routers that form a mesh network to kill dead Wi-Fi spots in your home, bolstered with built-in security and some killer privacy features, like native VPN and Tor capabilities.