Firewalla’s New Firewall Can Travel With You

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As we add more smart home devices, tablets, security cameras, and other Wi-Fi connected devices to our homes, we open ourselves up to attack. Firewalla’s firewalls are easy to use and easy to set up. And now its latest Purple model can even travel with you when you’re on the go.

Warning: Crowdfunding campaigns always come with the potential that you might not get the exact product you ordered or any product at all. This team does have a known history and existing products on the market, but there are no guarantees it will deliver on its promises. Back at your own risk.

Firewall already offers multiple versions of its firewall products, with Red, Blue, and Gold. The main differences start with how much speed they can handle and some features. The Gold model can handle gigabit speeds and comes with exclusive features like network segmentation and Wireguard VPN support.

Firewalla’s upcoming Purple firewall has all the same features as the Gold model in a smaller package. But it also packs in a few new tricks. The biggest difference is a short-range Wi-Fi radio. That doesn’t mean Firewalla Purple will replace your current Wi-Fi router; it’s more the opposite.

It can connect to a modem wirelessly and then serve as a bridge to your devices. So if your local internet is down for any reason, you can turn on your phone’s hotspot, connect that to the Firewalla, and provide protected internet to your devices. Just watch those data caps.

But the short-range Wi-Fi is also helpful when you travel. Take the Firewalla Purple with you, and you have a firewall on the go. When you arrive at the hotel, connect the Firewalla Purple to the hotel’s Wi-Fi, then connect up to eight devices to the Firewalla. Now you have protected internet for your devices without worrying about anyone snooping on public networks.

The Firewalla Purple is up for pre-order on Indiegogo right now for an early bird pricing of $299. Eventually, the price will jump to $369. We normally steer clear of Inidigogo and other crowdfunding campaigns due to uncertainty, but Firewalla is an established company with a well-known track record.

Firewalla says the Purple should deliver in December, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it misses that target with the current chip shortage and shipping delays. You can back the campaign from now until August 19th.

Josh Hendrickson Josh Hendrickson
Josh Hendrickson has worked in IT for nearly a decade, including four years spent repairing and servicing computers for Microsoft. He’s also a smarthome enthusiast who built his own smart mirror with just a frame, some electronics, a Raspberry Pi, and open-source code. Read Full Bio »

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