Networking specialist Amped Wireless has today unveiled two new 802.11ac routers, both of which include features forged from a partnership with security vendor AVG.
Available for pre-order today, the AC1900 ALLY and ALLY Plus routers are built on Chime, a smart router platform developed by AVG’s Innovations Labs. Alongside a wireless range that extends up to 15,000 square feet, the new models include integrated parental controls and security monitoring features that promise to enhance network security across the home.
Via customised user profiles, parents are able to manage and limit access to selected content, websites or apps. Additionally, parents will be able to monitor and segment a child’s screen time, review an activity log, pause Internet service and even set a curfew schedule for their Internet use. The router also alerts users when a new device requests network access, further protecting the network from unwanted parties.
Router monitoring and security can be managed via a standard web browser or a free mobile app for iOS and Android.
We’ve seen a similar partnership flourish between ASUS and Trend Micro (check out my recent review of the ASUS RT-AC5300 for details) with an array of integrated parental control and network monitoring features. I’ve been impressed with these features in testing, so the addition of enhanced security features to ALLY and ALLY Plus should be a positive move for Amped Wireless.
Both devices will support MU-MIMO, with three Gigabit LAN ports and USB 3.0 peripheral sharing. The entry-level ALLY, rated with coverage up to 10,000 Sq Ft is priced at $199.99, while ALLY Plus at, rated up to 15,000 Sq Ft with a bundled range extender, is priced at $379.99 – both are expected to arrive in October.