Norton today announced a new WiFi router specially designed to protect connected homes. The device is called Norton Core and it uses machine learning and Symantec’s global intelligence network to defend WiFi networks, and every device connected to it, against malware, viruses, hackers and much more.
To provide strong wireless coverage, Norton Core has an antenna array inside a geodesic dome of interlocking faces, inspired by defense and weather radars.
The dual-band router should support speeds up to 2.5 Gbps thanks to its 802.11ac with Wave-2 and MU-MIMO support. The Core is powered by a dual-core 1.7Ghz CPU, has 1 GB of RAM. It has 2 USB 3.0 ports, 4 Gigabit ethernet ports of which one is a WAN port.
Norton Core will scan every network packet that is incoming and outgoing across the WiFi network for malware, viruses, spam, intrusions and much more. If a connected device is detected with known vulnerabilities or threats, Norton Core can quarantine the device to a segregated network and send an alert to the user.
Core owners can manage and monitor their WiFi network directly from their connected mobile devices. The home screen will display 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. Parents can use the parental controls.
The device automatically updates itself and Norton promises that updates will not interrupt the internet connection.
Norton Core is available for pre-orders for a limited time at $199.99 ($279.99 MSRP), bundled with a one-year complimentary subscription to Norton Core Security Plus. With that subscription no other internet security solution is required to keep a network and all its devices protected. (After the first year, subscription renewals are $9.99 per month with an annual commitment.)
The device is available in two colors, Titanium Gold or Granite Gray and should be shipping in the United States in summer 2017, with plans to expand globally.