Cyberoam NetGenie Home
No Gigabit; no dual-band wireless
It’s great to see a new entrant in a market. Cyberoam has been making network appliances for businesses for a while now and the NetGenie Home is part of a push into the home.
Setup was straightforward. We connected the NetGenie Home to our cable modem and were connected to the inter- net in just seconds. Connectivity is limited to 10/100Mbps and the wireless support is 802.11b/g/n on the 2.4GHz frequency band, making this a fairly basic router if you’re interested in speeds and feeds.
Performance was reasonable given the specifications, with the wireless providing good coverage through our house. Wired performance was adequate, although if you stream a lot of high-def video, the lack of Gigabit might be an issue.
Where the NetGenie Home differentiates itself is that it’s spe- cifically designed for families. The configuration software makes it easy to create individual user accounts for each member of the family and then assign them a protection level.
Adults can browse the internet freely, and there are four other groups users can be assigned into. Each group can have different restrictions where you can block sites based on addresses, categories or applications. All the lists can be customised as you deem appropriate for your family.
As well managing internet access, the NetGenie Home logs all activity so that you can see what sites are being accessed. If you’re technically minded, you can have all that data sent to a Syslog server for later analysis. We found it interesting to note which sites were being accessed and how often. For example, iCloud, Dropbox and security software all accessed our web connection regularly.
The NetGenie Home also does some virus checking of all traffic although this doesn’t negate the need to run your own desktop software.
Macworld Australia’s buying advice.
The NetGenie Home is probably the best family-friendly router we’ve looked at, though those looking for high- end performance will be disappointed.