Today we are surrounded by plenty of devices which are connected to internet and we can not imagine life without them. From our laptops, mobiles, TV to all the smart gadgets come with internet connectivity and there are many vital information stored in them. Internet is full of malicious things and risks and generally we think that our router with strong password makes our information locked and no one can break the security.
But things are more frightening and complicated and our vital information including our card details, personal information are not at all safe. Internet is a risky place for kids too as they can become victim of cyberbullies or many other malicious sites. Most of the Wi-Fi routers don’t do a lot of checking on traffic generated and received by it and to make our devices safe we need extra internet security.
Bitdefender BOX is one such device. Such be used as a router too but it’s main purpose is securing your network. It acts as a filter between your router and modem and actively scans internet traffic generated and received. It warns you if there is any suspicious activity or if something is not right.The company just upgraded the feature of this box and named it Bitdefender Box 2.
Box 2 comes at a very reasonable price of $149.99 which includes BOX install and setup, 1 Year Subscription, Bitdefender Total Security 2019 solution which is unlimited and also Bitdefender VPN. It also offers 30 days money back guarantee if you don’t like it.
What is Bitdefender BOX2?
Bitdefender box 2 is a smart home network security device which can act as router as well. It works alongside your router and has following features:
- Device Detection
- Devices Management
- Intelligent Profiles
- Instant Notification
- Anti Malware Protection
- Phishing & Fraud Prevention
- Sensitive Data Protection
- Safe Browsing
- Vulnerability Assessment
- Exploit Prevention
- Brute Force Protection
- Anomaly Detection
- Content Filtering
- Advanced Parental Control
- Network Intrusion Prevention
This device is suitable homes with large number of smart devices, families having children, users having ,multiple devices and want to save on antiviruses and of course for people who want best security for their homes and have a robust router to work alongside Bitdefender BOX. This device can be used as a security box working alongside your router, as a security box as well as a router and as a security box or WiFi router working along side your existing router.
What’s in the box?
This device comes in a white box with details about details and features of the product. Inside you get the following elements:
- The Bitdefender Box 2
- The Power Adapter
- 1m Ethernet Cable
- Setup Guide
As the BOX can also be used as router below are its complete specifications:
|Hardware||Dual Core Cortex A9 clocking at 1.2 GHz
|RAM||1GB DDR3 Memory
|Internal Storage||4GB Internal Storage
|Wireless||Concurrent Dual Band Wireless 2.4 GHz & 5 GHz
MU-MIMO 3x3 Antenna Configuration
IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wave-2 @ AC1900
|Connectivity||1 x WAN Port - 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet
On back there is also an Power Jack along with a reset button. There are no multiple LAN ports and USB socket which can be bothersome for some but considering the price it can be overlooked.
Design & Hardware
Bitdefender BOX has a simple triangular tower design which is white along the sides and black from top and bottom. At from there is an LED ring which turns blue when it is working. At back there are only two Ethernet ports, a reset button and a power socket. There is ventilation over top and bottom and three rubber feet for placing in on surface. The design is not much appealing but it fits anywhere in your home and doesn’t look bad.
Bitdefender box has a powerful hardware with 4GB of storage for firmware. It is powered by dual core ARM Cortex-A9 processor clocking at 1.2GHz frequency along with 1GB of RAM. For Wireless duties it has MediaTek MT7615 chipset which supports IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wave 2 and MU-MIMO 3×3 antenna configuration. It offers total bandwidth of 1900 Mbps, 600 Mbps for 2.4 GHz WiFi band and 1300 Mbps for 5 GHz WiFi band.
Setting up Bitdefender BOX
Following are the requirements for setting up the BOX:
- Broadband Internet Connection (Cable/DSL/UTP)
- Bitdefender Central App
- A mobile device with- 4G/3G Connection, iOs 9 or higher or Android 4.4 or higher
For setting up this device you first need to install the Bitdefender Central app for Android and iOS on your smartphone and tablet. Next you have to create a Bitdefender account before setting up the box and then you can complete the initial installation process by navigating Setup screen. As I mentioned above you can use it in three ways and the installation process depend on your chosen way.
The first way is to replace your combo router/modem with Bitdefender Box’s Wi-Fi network. When you choose this option on App it asks for your router’s login details so that your default settings could be cloned and you don’t have to go through the hassle of setting everything from scratch. Next you have to turn off your router’s Wi-Fi broadcast and continue connecting to BOX’s network.
Second and the most common setup is to use it alongside your router. For this firstly you have to set Bridge Mode on your router which allows BOX to pair with it.
Third way is to use it as a standalone router. For this you have to reconnect all your devices to network manually. While in the first to ways all devices connect to network automatically after restarting.
If you have problems while setting up your Bitdefender BOX you can always get 24/7 assistance via telephone or email.
How it works?
Once you set up your Bitdefender BOX 2 with step by step instructions you can view a list of all your devices on Bitdefender Central App and apply security rules for each of them. You can customize your Bitdefender BOX settings and always see an overview of your network security. You can create profiles on APP and assign devices to them.
The installation can be a bit hassle but once it’s done you can freely use all your devices without any fear of phishing, malware, network vulnerabilities, cyberbullies etc.
Parental Control on Bitdefender BOX
Bitdefender BOX includes enhanced parental controls which is a big peace of mind if you have little ones at your home. So what exactly this feature do? Well it keeps cyberbullies and online predators away from your kids and helps you to keep check on your child’s internet usage. Below i am describing briefly about it.
- Digital protection against cyberbullying and online predators: You can easily keep an eye on your children’s online conversations and the App notifies you about verbal attacks, aggressive language, inappropriate requests for photos, meeting outside the house or asking about private information like passwords, card details etc. in those conversations.
- Blocks potentially harmful online content and persons: You can manage apps which you think are inappropriate for your children and keep suspicious incoming or outgoing calls and SMS away from your children.
- Track your children’s location: With this you can always know where your children are and when they enter an area which you marked as Restricted you get notified instantly.
- Safe Check-in: Now you don’t have to call your kids again and again to ask them if they are OK. Your kids can easily tell you that with Safe Check-in.
- Limit time spent on device: Internet is very useful but we cannot deny the fact that it is addictive too. Studies and health of your kids gets affected if they spend many hours on these smart devices. But with Bitdefender BOX you can decide how much time your kids will spend online and the devices won’t be accessible after limited hours.
Pros & Cons
Here are some of the Pros and Cons of this security device.
|Enhanced Parental Control||No Desktop App
|User-friendly Bitdefender Central App||Set up can be hassle, Can't set up from a PC or Mac
|Can be used as a router|
Price & Subscription
Bitdefender BOX 2 costs $249.99 which includes free one year subscription to Bitdefender Total Security 2019 after that you have to pay $99 yearly for protection. But currently there is a $100 discount over it and it is available in just $149.99. The yearly protection may seem a bit high but its worth the features offered by the BOX. But if you don’t want to pay that you can always use this box as a router.
This security device continuously monitors the internet traffic over your network and notifies you every time it blocks or finds suspicious things. The enhanced parental controls are very useful and ensures the safety of your little ones.
The Bitdefender Central App is very user-friendly and allows full access over your devices. The hardware of the BOX is powerful too. The performance as router can be slow but the company don’t sell it as a sole router and the primary function of this is Network Security and the BOX impresses in that section. Currently it is the cheapest Network Security device available in the market.