Untangle at Home

Today’s home networks are more complex than ever before. The exponential increase in devices that can be interconnected is never-ending. Laptops, chromebooks, tablets, smartphones, your friends’ devices joining the Wi-Fi…it doesn’t stop there. Now with home automation and the internet of things (IoT), home security systems, appliances, pools & spas, HVAC, music & podcasts, and TV and gaming are all connect to the home Wi-Fi.

The problem isn’t the number of devices connecting to the home Wi-Fi, it’s that the devices have known security issues, and hackers are taking notice. In 2015 alone, cybersecurity experts discovered major flaws in some connected baby monitors, IP-enabled toys and even a connected car. There’s also a search engine to find IoT exploits. The inherent problem lies with the router you are using at home.

This complexity makes your home network look more like a small business, but without an IT staff. With hackers now viewing homes as “soft targets”, and with the increased number of insecure devices connecting, its only a matter of time before they find a way into your home network and exploit your sensitive information.

Today’s Home Routers are Not Up To Standard

Home router firmware hasn’t change much over time. In early 2016, The Wall Street Journal looked at the security capabilities of the top 20 home routers. Only six of those had up-to-date firmware at that time, and just two of them had good password processes. The recent ASUS settlement with the Federal Trade Commision over the critical security flaws in their home routers is further proof that home router manufacturers don’t take security seriously. Today’s home router selections don’t offer you the flexibility to set up your network the way you see fit. They also don’t provide you visibility into the devices that are connecting to your network.

Visibility and Control

The biggest challenge facing home networks isn’t necessarily even security: it’s the lack of visibility into and control over the traffic. This is where Untangle can help. Unlike today’s home Wi-Fi routers, Untangle NG Firewall logs traffic for rich, robust reporting into every facet of what’s happening online: sites your kids are visiting, neighbors jumping on your wireless network, and your newest IP-enabled gadget phoning home. NG Firewall allows you to create rules for managing access to websites, applications, and content based on criteria like device, user, time of day, day of week and more. You can see the effect of those rules through drill-down reports that can be monitored via the 360° Dashboard, a single pane of glass view into what’s happening on your network.

NG Firewall For The Home

You may already be running Untangle at your business, school or organization. Untangle’s

NG Firewall solution has over 40,000 instances implemented and protects millions of users and their devices all around the world. NG Firewall is not only trusted by, but was built specifically to serve, SMBs—providing enterprise-grade capabilities with consumer-oriented simplicity. NG Firewall is not only easy to use, but also provides a comprehensive solution for security, network visibility and device discovery.
For years, people have asked us for the ability to run Complete package at home. Now you can, at a reasonable price. For only $5 a month or $50 a year, you can run Complete package at home on your own hardware, in a virtualized environment or on the new u25 appliance. At less than five inches square, the u25 and u25w are the smallest firewall appliances on the market today.