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Peak It's not as impressive-looking as the gray geodesic dome of the Norton Core, but at 7. It fits on a bookshelf and can be a bookend , but it has no provision for wall mounting. If anomalous behavior is detected, the Box shuts down traffic, and it can keep personal information such as Social Security and credit card numbers from leaving the network.
Look down into the Box's circular top grille, and you'll see that most of the interior is empty space, which helps with cooling. There's no fan, but the Box never got more than merely warm while we used it. Image credit: Bitdefender Along its back, the new Box has just a pair of input and output Ethernet ports. The Box has a proprietary power port and a recessed reset button, and comes with an AC adapter and a Category 6 Ethernet jumper cable.
The new Box has an LED ring up front that can telegraph the network's status, but that pales next to the F-Secure Sense's display, which doubles as a clock. When the Box's light ring is greenish-blue, everything is OK, but that turns red if the Box loses contact with Bitdefender's servers.
Security Features and Parental Controls The second-generation Box combines the functions of a midrange Wi-Fi router with those of a network security appliance. It's a big step up from the first-generation Box, which didn't do much besides block connections to known malicious URLs. The new Box is the home equivalent of a heavy-duty enterprise security device. Most smart home devices can't protect themselves with antivirus software or automatic security patches.
The Box's network security features shield such devices from attack. The new Box adds anomaly detection, as well as protections against brute-force password guessing and the theft of sensitive personal data. It also acts as a firewall to protect every device on a home network. Its advanced exploit protection can protect against attacks like SQL injection, path traversal and local file inclusion.
If it detects anomalous behavior, the Box shuts down traffic, and its data-exfiltration detector can keep personal information such as Social Security, credit card and bank account numbers from leaving the network. When a new device enters the network, the Box alerts you. The Box can also conduct a network-wide device-vulnerability assessment.
All Box firmware updates are encrypted and signed by Bitdefender to prevent malicious updates from loading. These functions matter because most smart home devices can't protect themselves with antivirus software or automatic security patches. The Box's network security features are designed to shield such devices from attack by preventing them from linking to known malicious sites, blocking malware from entering the network and stopping theft of sensitive data.
Parents can use the Box's parental controls to set online time limits for children, or for spouses for that matter. It can also filter sites by age, or "pause" the internet for all users.
The included Total Security software adds the ability to lock out key topics, such as gaming or weapons, and also add your own. In October , Bitdefender added an anti-cyberbullying feature to the Box's parental controls. The feature scans messages and images sent via Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram and alerts parents if it detects anything that could be interpreted as cyberbullying. Parents don't see the content that triggers the warning, but only the warning itself.
The included Bitdefender Total Security software is one of our best-reviewed antivirus products, with a full suite of extra tools, including a password manager, a secure browser and file encryption. In the past six rounds of bimonthly antivirus tests on Windows 7 and Windows 10 conducted by independent German lab AV-TEST, Bitdefender antivirus software performed excellently, scoring faultless percent results across the board and catching every piece of malware.
Brian Nadel Security Protection Performance The Box is a new type of home networking device, and we had to come up with new ways to test its performance. But we're happy to report that it seems to do a pretty good job of protecting all the devices on a home wireless network.
First, we tried to connect to the top 10 dangerous sites on the Malware Domain List www. We made sure Fraudulent Site Protection was turned off in Safari's settings. After we added the Box, all of the malicious sites were blocked. We had similarly good results with the EICAR test file, which is a piece of fake malware designed to test antivirus protections.
Without the Box installed, our MacBook Air downloaded the file, and we were able to open it. With the Box, the file was blocked. Can the Box really stop data from leaving a device? Our tests indicated it could. We created a dummy text file on the MacBook Air's desktop containing personally identifiable information: Social Security numbers, telephone numbers, valid credit card account numbers and a date of birth. Without the Box on the network, we were able to copy and paste each piece of sensitive information to another text file on the Surface 3.
After we added the Box, we could copy only the first credit card number. The rest of the data was blocked. The Box's password-protection feature also worked well. To test that, we created a password-locked LibreOffice document on the Mac's desktop and then remotely accessed the Mac from the Surface 3 using TeamViewer.
Without the Box on the network, we were able to make unlimited random "brute-force" guesses of the Mac document's password. We stopped after 10 tries. But after we added the Box to the network, we couldn't brute-force the password at all. We could still open the document with the correct password remotely from the Surface 3. That's the way it's supposed to be. Networking Performance When Paired with a Router We first tested the Box's network performance in what Bitdefender considers the optimal configuration: The Box takes over the local device addressing, but the router handles the rest of its functions as before.
In that configuration, the Box slowed things down on our network just a bit. Before the installation, the network had an average latency of 13 milliseconds, a download speed of With the Box set up, only the latency — the time it takes to initially connect to a website — got noticeably worse.
The latency increased by about 25 percent, to The upload speed actually went up slightly, to Networking Performance As a Router Bitdefender doesn't market the second-generation Box as a high-performance router, but the device nevertheless proved very capable of delivering a strong Wi-Fi signal at long distances.
The Box's throughput at 5 feet was an unimpressive At 15 feet, the Box pushed out But readings at 50 and feet showed the Box catching up, with At our final data point, feet, the Box had an average throughput of The Sense got That said, the Box was mediocre at pushing Wi-Fi through obstacles.
It punched In all cases, this was at least Mbps less than the Core at the same tasks. It wasn't very different from the Sense, though. In an old house with lots of thick walls and masonry construction, the Box, performing as a router, sent a signal as far as 90 feet to an iPad, but it fell short of completely covering the 3,square-foot home. Bitdefender doesn't sell them, but you could add a third-party range extender.
The Box passed our informal saturation test, in which we viewed videos on an iPad Pro and a Surface Pro 3 tablet while a MacBook Air streamed internet radio stations and a Samsung TabPro S moved data back and forth from a networked storage drive. None of the audio or video lagged, froze or skipped. This was true whether the Box was in bridge mode along with the Linksys router or was operating as a router on its own. Interface The only way to configure or monitor the Box is through the Bitdefender Central mobile app, for which you'll need a Bitdefender account.
Be sure not to use the Box mobile app, which is for the first-generation Box only. The Bitdefender Central app's main activity screen shows the number of devices you have running Bitdefender software, as well as those that are not protected or need attention. It's easy to add another device directly from the app. There are also brief instructions to help you get started with the Box and a link to the company's support desk. You can make only the most rudimentary router changes.
However, the Box can perform a vulnerability assessment to look for weaknesses in the network. You can set up static IP addressing and port forwarding, but the Box can't create a guest network. Installation and Support Setting up the second-generation Box was a dream compared with the process for its predecessor. We installed and configured it in bridge mode in a little more than 20 minutes.
That was half the time it took for the original system but still longer than the Norton Core's streamlined setup process. However you configure it, the Box needs to be set up near your broadband modem and router. As mentioned earlier, it can work with an ISP-supplied combo modem-Wi-Fi router aka, a gateway , with just a modem, or with both a modem and a Wi-Fi router. The last configuration is the preferable one, and it's the one we used.
Unlike the first-generation Box, this one gave us no trouble during the installation process. There's no way to set up the Box using a PC or a Mac. Brian Nadel With the app installed on a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 smartphone, we created a Bitdefender account and followed the illustrated step-by-step instructions.
After plugging the Box into the broadband modem's Ethernet port, we connected to it via a temporary Wi-Fi network; the password is printed on the back of the unit.
The Box and the smartphone connected on the first try. Brian Nadel At this point, the Box scanned the network for devices to protect. It found all of our networked gear, including PCs, Macs, printers, storage drives and smart home lighting controls.
It sent emails to our various notebooks, phones and tablets so they could download the antivirus client software and join the network.