Fingbox Network Security System - Remote Home Monitoring System, Parental Control, Internet Security System, Alerts, Bandwidth Analysis, WiFi & Internet Troubleshooting
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- Remote Home Monitoring: See who is at home and keep a history tab on who’s coming and going and when.
- Network Security System: Detect nearby devices even if they are not connected to your WiFi.
- Parental Control: Pause your children’s internet access in 1-click.
- Network Troubleshooting and Bandwidth Analysis: Analyze the bandwidth consumption of devices in your home to identify why the internet is slow.
- Internet Security Checks: Checks and alerts you about Internet security risks and malicious threats. Block hackers from accessing your network. Remotely monitor your network and devices from anywhere.
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The #1 Network Security Tools for homes:
- 25 million app users
- 20,000 Fingboxes sold
- 1.6 million USD raised on Indiegogo
- Improve network performance: Find WiFi sweet spots, discover bandwidth hogging devices, test your Internet speed
- Protect your home: Detect WiFi attacks, identify security risks, monitor surrounding devices, block intruders
- Digital presence: See who is at home, track who is online, see device activity, pause users, limit and control internet access for your family
- Pause User: Temporarily pause a family members device in 1-click for parental control.
- Block Devices: Block any device from accessing your network.
- Bandwidth Analysis: Identify which devices are hogging the broadband.
- Internet Speed: Test the speed of your Internet.
- WiFi Speed: Test the speed of your WiFi in every room in your home.
- Remote Home Monitoring: See who is at home and what devices are in use.
- DigitalFence: See all devices near your home with WiFi enabled. Detect who is around your home.
- Network and Device Alerts: Network status, device status and security alerts.
- Internet Security: Checks and alerts about Internet Security risks, malicious threats, risks of being hacked.
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As a more advanced user, I have to give it, and related software products from the Domotz team. a couple of stars off, because it's lacking a couple of features that prevent it from measuring up fully to my needs.
First off, this product is worthless for any device on your network that isn't connected wirelessly; it simply won't work over Ethernet. In fact, you are required to plug it into a WiFi router. For the average n00b user, this really isn't a problem. Most people simply purchase an all-in-one router with WiFi built-in these days. Oftentimes, the cable modem serves as the router as well, so modem, routing and WiFi are all included in a single device. If you are a more DIY, hands-on, technical and security-minded user, like me, you probably want to separate these devices. So in my case, I have a separate cable modem, hardware firewall and WiFi router, with a LAN tap between my modem and firewall to packet capture all inbound and outbound traffic on my network for forensic purposes (basically, the network packet equivalent of a security camera system), and a couple of switches to route everything further throughout the house. On my computer I run Heimdall in addition to my AV software, and switch between a few VPN accounts.
It's worth noting that the Fingbox is not hindered by any of this hardware or software and doesn't interfere with it in any way; that's a big deal, and hats off to the Domotz team for a job well done.
Now people can debate the pros and cons of the above approach; some would say it increases the attack surface for hackers, which is true. However, each appliance also adds security features to the network, and allows me, if less convenience, more specificity while troubleshooting my network as to exactly what part of it is broken. Also, with an all-in-one solution, if a device goes down, that's it for your connectivity until you replace or repair it. In my case, the same is true of my cable modem, of course; but if any other device gets taken out, I can continue to reach the Internet without that device temporarily. It's sort of like flying a plane on one engine, it provides redundancy. Also, Ethernet is much faster.
Anyway, that's not really the point. The point is that I prefer using Ethernet, again for security reasons, for as many devices as possible. That's mainly desktop workstations, of which there are about 7 in my house, believe it or not. But it also includes some of my game consoles that have both WiFi and Ethernet capability, but as I prefer Ethernet, they are connected that way instead of wirelessly. At the moment this is an old PS2 and PS3, a PS4 and an Xbox 360. What the WiFi-only limitation of the Fingbox means is that I can't enjoy its benefits for any of these devices, which really sucks. I can monitor my wireless devices from a desktop computer via the web app, but I can't actually manage that computer itself. This leaves a large swath of my home network unprotected by, and in fact completely blind to, the Fingbox; roughly half the devices on my network. It also means I have to run a long Ethernet cable from my WiFi router in roughly the middle of my house to my server cabinet in the garage downstairs in order to have the Fingbox physically secured, as opposed to just a short cable directly to my firewall.
Secondly, there is no current or planned integration with the command-line Fing tool, even though the tool indicates as much via one of its options. This is also a bummer, as, unlike the appliance, the tool does in fact work over Ethernet. It would be nice to be able to connect to my Fingbox, which I can already do via the web app, and at least run scans or access other features of the appliance temporarily via the command line tool, and then upload the results to a more user-friendly interface in the web or mobile apps.
Lastly, the web app is really great, but I wish it had all of the features of the mobile app. I can view information via the web app, but I can't create or manage users, or add or remove devices from the digital fence, for instance.
UPDATE 10/17/17: I had to mark my review up one star because customer support immediately reached out to me regarding the Ethernet issue and informed that it should indeed work plugged into a non-WiFi network appliance. It hadn't done so before, and I couldn't connect to it until it was configured through my WiFi router, so I can only surmise that it needs a WiFi router for first-time configuration via the smartphone app, for whatever reason, after which you can insert it anywhere in your network. I still have to leave a star off because none of the above is documented, and the overall process for me was not as straightforward as I was led to believe by the marketing materials; and also for the additional features I listed above that I feel are lacking for more advanced users.
I plugged in a network cable, connected the power, and started up their app. It was recognized right away and after just a few taps setup was complete. It’s pretty cool that not only does it identify all the devices on your network, but it picks up all WiFi signals that are within range. I learned my neighbors have a nest thermostat and a WiFi printer :) It can send you alerts when devices go on and off line - great for knowing when an IoT device has stopped working or when someone gets home from work. You could even have it look for your postal carrier’s phone so you’d know when your mail is delivered.
You can map out where your WiFi signal is strongest and position the access point so you get the best signal where you need it. You also monitor how much bandwidth each of your devices is consuming - I found a few surprises doing this.
I backed this project months ago on Idiegogo, and was excited when my FIngbox arrived on my doorstep. I unboxed it, and was quickly up and running. There were some initial growing pains, which were largely corrected by a few updates the folks at Fing applied to the device automatically, but I still noticed some of my network devices occasionally dropping offline randomly, or the occasional network slow down. I never did pursue this with support at Fing, as other issues were popping up, that eventually forced me to unplug the device, and put it on a shelf, likely for good.
The biggest issue I have is the lack of control users have over the functionality of the device. Once plugged in, there is no interface to interact with (other than making some minor adjustments within the Fing app, itself). You cannot disable, throttle or change anything. If Fing wants to apply a new update, you'll get it whether you want it or not, and if that messes with your network, so be it. I wanted to disable internet speed tests (it can impact network performance) as I perform that elsewhere but no, Fing decides when to run it. Want to stop it from arp posioning? No control over that either.
The second thing that concerned me is where the data lives. Everything collected goes to Fing. I loved the idea of their digital fence, but does Fing really need to know every time someone with WiFi enabled on their phone walks by my house? Or when someone joins my network? Yes, I'd like to know that, but Fing doesn't, and I would have really appreciated an option where the data is stored locally, or is encrypted in the cloud with my own key. I'm certainly not accusing Fing of doing anything unethical or improper with the data, and I understand I probably care more about this more than most, but until I feel comfortable that my data will stay mine, it'll stay on the shelf.
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