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Skydog Web App and Smart Family Wi-Fi Router with Cloud Service Subscription

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  • Provides real-time visibility and management of home Internet use, by user and device. Receive text and email notifications to help manage kids' web use. Issue alerts when new devices access the network.
  • Offers robust and flexible parental controls, malware protection, ability to prioritize bandwidth for best performance, and more. A new feature, webRover, lets parents create a curated "playlist" of age-appropriate websites for young children.
  • Setup takes minutes. Skydog can either replace your existing router or pair with an existing router to access Skdyog user-based Internet monitoring and management features.
  • Gigabit dual-band wireless router with web-based cloud service that supports an unlimited number of devices.
  • First year of Skydog Cloud Service is included with each purchase. Subsequent rate is $30/year. Current SALE price includes 2 additional years of service FREE for a total of 3 years - a $60 savings.
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1 x 4.5 inches ; 5 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • ASIN: B00FYEP0TI
  • Item model number: Skydog
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,291 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

"Skydog is, frankly, the best Web monitoring solution I've ever encountered." Dan Tynan, Yahoo! Tech

"Skydog offers the richest, most comprehensive cloud management over a home network that I've ever tested... This is the ultimate family-friendly router."PC Magazine Editors' Choice

Meet Skydog - A Connected Family's Best Friend
Skydog is a first-of-its-kind home networking solution that provides powerful yet simple tools to manage your family's unique Internet lifestyle. Comprised of two complementary parts, a wireless router plus a web app, Skydog lets you customize the Internet access of everyone in your household across all their connected devices. Skydog offers the visibility, flexibility and control needed to manage the wide-ranging demands of today's connected families.

KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING ON YOUR NETWORK
Monitor Internet activity in real time, from any connected device. Group devices by user to monitor your kids' online habits across all their devices. See what websites are visited and create watchlists by user.

PROTECT KIDS & EMPOWER SMART CHOICES
Select parental control content filters for each child. Create safe Internet portals with webRover. Set weekly schedules, specifying when a user can be online, what websites can be visited, and duration. Receive alerts when limits are met.

STAY CONNECTED ANYTIME, ANYWHERE
Get text alerts when service is down or guests sign on.
Manage multiple networks from a single app, such as a parent's home or business.

OPTIMIZE PERFORMANCE & PROTECT YOUR NETWORK
Create firewalled zones to segregate users and prioritize bandwidth, for home office, guests or streaming video.


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The simplicity involved in getting things working was surprising. The setup is extremely intuitive. Once the network was setup and we were connected, our Skydog offers… Read more ›
With three children of all different age ranges(6-15),…The setup was so easy that I was up and running within an hour, and all profiles set up within the hour after that. Read more ›
I can see exactly what's up with every device on our network via the very simple user interface. Setup was incredibly easy. We have had no network problems in the three… Read more ›
3. Setup was easy, it is through the web and you can access it anywhere. However, it isn't fully "intuitive", at least I didn't think so. Read more ›
There is the option to filter usage…Setup was fairly easy and had advanced options to assign fixed IP addresses to our security cameras, also DDNS and port forwarding . W… Read more ›
It is truly an amazing product and very easy to use. Installation was so intuitive that I had it set up, and working, in minutes, without reading the directions. Read more ›
I've contacted Skydog several times and there…I believe they have spend all their resources on marketing this product rather than building features that are useful. Ove… Read more ›
I look forward to leaving all that behind now that Skydog has genuinely humanized the interface…Parental controls are the best I've seen and the mobile app is a life-saver. Read more ›
The Skydog stores all of it's settings in the cloud, meaning that regardless of what happens to the actual device in your home, you know that the settings and configuration… Read more ›
Skydog is out of business, no longer selling product. I have used for last year, had neat features, but was buggy and now service is completely unreliable. Switched back to… Read more ›
I love this…It is easy to set up and gives great parental controls over all devices in the house including smartphones (when connected to wireless) and game systems etc. Read more ›
I delved deep into the configuration of my Verizon router only to solve the problem in heap of frustration - I hit the reset button on the back of the Skydog router while… Read more ›
Since I'm new to it, I'm getting to know how to use it what it can do. The software is fairly simple though you have to study to use it to the maximum. However the issue is… Read more ›
The web interface is easy to understand. You don't need to be a tech savvy person to do this! Read more ›
Skydog even understands that my family extends to MY parents, and allows me to configure and manage their Skydog router for them as if it were under my roof, even though… Read more ›
I have two teenage boys in the house and have used this to track usage,…The interface is easy to use and beautiful to look at with simple graphs and easy configuration. Read more ›
I…With 3 computers, chromebook, ipad, iphone, androids, kindles, you name it, there is no software/dns solution out there that can control them all - until skydog came along. Read more ›
I have had no…Being able to not only configure the router using an intuitive interface, but to monitor the usage is really powerful -- even for homes without children! I… Read more ›
And maybe a very technically savvy person could accomplish these things for free…I'm just an average Joe, though, and I find this extremely user friendly and easy to use. Read more ›
Other features are very complete, close to a pro network monitoring system and…Very easy to use after a few hours of understanding the system, controls and configuration. Read more ›
And it can be controlled from anywhere on the Web! Easy to use, and we love it. Read more ›
I have been able to set up my wife, kids, myself and 20 wireless devices in the home in a…The site is very easy to operate and has done exactly what it said it would. I… Read more ›
This is the best router I have ever used. It is easy to use and set up. Just be aware that there is a $30 yearly fee after your trial subscription runs out for their Cloud… Read more ›
Once I installed the SkyDog and identified all the devices on my network, it was easy to see that our Logitech Google T.V. was streaming YouTube all day, in the background,… Read more ›
I run 2 complete entertainment centers off of this thing and there is still…I can access it from anywhere and know instantly if there is a problem with my network at home. Read more ›
If…If you are a professional network administrator, you will probably find some of the feature a little lacking, but keep in mind that this product is not designed for you. Read more ›
Of course there are routers out there which can give you similar features, but you will be paying in the $500+ range for those, and it requires a great deal of networking… Read more ›
This is the best home networking solution I had dreamed of for many years! Read more ›
This is a big help in making sure no one…SkyDog also sends an alert email whenever an unknown device is detected, so overall I feel like my network is much more secure now. Read more ›
These…If the connection isn't strong, the available network speed can be very low (I don't think this is unique to this Skydog, but I think the range itself is an issue). Read more ›
Set-up was easy. The wireless internet connection has been fast and flawless since the install. The web software used to set up and monitor is intuitive and simple. Read more ›
Cons: *Not a strong wifi signal, not as strong as our original router. That said, I can still use it from 25 feet away. Read more ›
Bandwidth control has been good, especially since we have a somewhat slow internet connection, we could control things easily to allow for our needs. Giving the TV more… Read more ›
(Update 1/5/14) Just received and installed the first of two range extenders, enabling us to move around the with mobile devices and maintain solid WiFi receptions and… Read more ›
ADD NEW NETWORKS WITH MORE SKYDOG…A seamless interoperability with multiple routers while having one point of administrative interface is a clear strength with this router. Read more ›
When I first hooked up this product it worked well and I was…But after having it a day it started dropping wireless signals constantly and it's wireless speed is slow. I… Read more ›
The reasons not to do this are first, the reviews of performance weren't positive. For anything I don't want to content filter, I want the best performance I can get. A… Read more ›
- The Internet Speed Test function and history graph is an…It would be nice if speed tests could be scheduled on a reoccurring basis, rather than on-demand single events. Read more ›
We can still use our AT&T Uverse router; we just added the Skydog router to it. We have excellent internet speeds and wifi signal. No need to load new browsers to hand-held… Read more ›
I could not be more pleased with this product. It has delivered on all of it's promises and even improved the speed and stability of my wireless network along the way. Read more ›
From a hardware point of view, the WiFi has really good range performance and I like the setup interface a lot. The smartphone app is really just a web interface, but it… Read more ›
I can't wait to see what else they have in store. And, let me add - customer support is great. Read more ›
All this is done from the smartphone. the customer support is amazing and responds quickly. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to know who is using their wifi. Read more ›
So when your initial period runs out you cannot configure the router anymore without paying a fee. ** Their support is poor. There are posts on their hidden forums (they're… Read more ›
Love the detailed level of customization and ease of installation. Customer support is very professional, prompt, and courteous. Support replaced my unit free of charge and… Read more ›
The Skydog team has been very good at email support, responding quickly and taking my concerns and feedback seriously from the start. I could not be more pleased with this… Read more ›
This,enables carriers to rapidly increase their customer lifecycle value with on-demand services, to introduce innovative wide area data connectivity options, and to lower… Read more ›
I won't repeat the comments from others about features, other than to say the design is good and the execution is excellent. As a person with IT background, who sees some… Read more ›
I certainly don't know for sure, but my…The Skydog seems like it is well designed from it's user interface to it's features and seems polished and like quality software. Read more ›
I was a Kickstarter…The router was packaged in environmentally friendly boxing without a lot of useless material for disposal, the first sign of a well designed device. T… Read more ›
The first thing it does is connect to one's ISP and downloads the latest firmware. Then the setup is simple, intuitive, and uses a well designed user interface. Finally,… Read more ›
In my use case...I felt that the wireless coverage was not great but the main thing that drove me to abandon using the router is the lack of features that are in almost… Read more ›
- customer support, even though email only, is very responsive - excellent wired throughput, good wireless range. There is better hardware out there, but nothing with these… Read more ›
From a hardware point of view, the WiFi has really good range performance and I like the setup interface a lot. The smartphone app is really just a web interface, but it… Read more ›
I was hesitant with the price because I'm a bargain shopper. I shop on Amazon afterall...they usually have the best prices. But after connecting and using this unit, the… Read more ›
- good price point for what it offers. Excellent value - pretty easy to set up. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Jason Shapiro on December 2, 2013
Our kids have been using YouTube since they were using two. My six year old daughter can operate an iPhone better than I can. So, when we got to the age where they are starting to use those connected devices independent of us if opened some deep philosophical questions...
- what sites should we potentially restrict the to see / not see.
- How do we manage the fact that our two kids are at different stages in terms of what sites they use.
- How do we ensure that they can freely use the internet for school research, etc - without feeling like we're policing them.
- How do we give them access to social networks to chat with gramma, but not so they get approached by strangers / bullies.

The Skydog router amazingly solves all of the above, and does it in a super simple way.

We can set different content filtering policies for each child, and at different hours during each day. That way, my younger daughter can only go to pure children's educational sites and some supervised YouTube, whereas my older son can use Wikipedia and some image libraries. Neither of them can ever go to porn, gambling or seedy websites.

The entire network took me less than half an hour to configure, and I'm pretty sure that's I'll need to do until their surfing habits need to change.

I realize that It sounds like I work for them but full disclosure - I'm just a customer who bought one. I backed them on kickstarter and I'm so impressed with how the final product has turned out. Really looking forward to checking in on the network over the next couple of weeks on the included mobile web app to see how my configuration holds up.

Definitely think that any household with 1 (or especially more) kid should have one of these.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By The Rhino on January 1, 2014
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I have installed & managed school networks & know how quickly kids can beat the system. At home we have been using OpenDNS to protect our entire family & closely monitor our (younger) children's limited online activities. However, as they get older I knew we needed a better watchdog.

Skydog allows me to assign custom filter & calendar "Policies" by "User" not "Device" which is what parents need because we often share our devices with our kids. Now when my son borrows my wife's laptop to play an online game, she can quickly change the laptop "device" from her account to his account and the laptop is immediately locked-down to the stricter filter settings.

Rather than create an "Account" for each family member, I created accounts to match the "Policies" & "Calendar" settings I want to enforce. Currently our accounts are: Homework, Games, Family, Parents, TV, and Ooma. When a device is placed in the "Homework" account the kids only have access to about 10 school-approved homework websites. (Most teachers/schools can provide a list & this way kids can find what they need quickly vs. wasting time searching the entire 'net...) The "Games" account adds some learning games & allows their Wii U & 3DS devices to call home for updates, etc. When devices are set to these accounts our kids can have access to the Internet without our supervision because their access is very limited...

I setup our "Family" account to use one of Skydog's stricter family policies and our "Parent" account to one of the less strict policies which allows access to popular social media sites & search engines. Lastly, I gave our "TV" account higher bandwidth for Netflix devices & our "Ooma" the highest bandwidth for trouble-free calls over the Internet.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By William on January 22, 2014
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UPDATE TO COMMENT
After using this now for more than a month, I find I have to downgrade it a bit more. I do still use it and it's potential is fantastic. However, to filter any content, this device depends upon a cloud DNS called SkyDNS. This component seems to have issues and causes the router to bog down and lose performance. They claim to have fixed the problem and it has improved. However, I still see sporadic problems with mine and there are reports in their forums of people still encountering the issue.

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ORIGINAL COMMENT
First, let me say that I really like this product. It is a fantastic step in the right direction. I've been using an alternate product and this one has potential to far exceed it. As of now, it's missing a couple of key features, in my opinion. However, it's an early version of a Kickstarter project and I expect to see those features added soon. Here are my pros and cons:

Pros
* Fast - I have a 50MB connection. Currently, this device lets me unleash nearly all of this speed wirelessly. I see between 45 and 49MB most of the time now. This is particularly true close to the device. My previous router/gateway (iBoss) that I used for home protection only allows about 14MB max.
* capacity - by this I mean support for many devices. I have about 25 devices for the house at this time with 4 children and 2 adults. I can run all devices, map them to owners and set rules per owner. It's fantastic.
* flexibility - so many features for managing access. Apart from a couple of missing filter and blocking options that I'll mention in a cons, this thing really lets me customize the settings according to the user/device.
* tracking - we can quickly see how the kids are spending time on the internet.
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