McAfee’s router claims to defend your home network against external cyber threats with its D-Link latest consumer router, the D-Fend AC2600 Wi-Fi Router, also known as the DIR-2680. It certainly has the credentials to do so as it comes with cybersecurity outfit McAfee’s Secure Home Platform service which is a part of McAfee total protection.
McAfee’s Secure Home Platform inspects network traffic for suspicious activity, warns users of known phishing websites and enables parental controls to restrict minors from undesirable content and can be downloaded via mcafee.com/activate.
D-Link sweetens the offer, as every D-Fend router comes with unlimited license for McAfee’s LiveSafe, an antivirus program for computers and Android and iOS mobile devices, for two years. The D-Fend router includes a five-year complimentary subscription to the Secure Home Platform service which is worth $495.
It comes with a small catch- the devices must have previously used the router’s network at least once before a download link for the antivirus software can be sent to the device owner, who could be anyone.
In short, the D-Fend seem to be an attractive offer for those who are worried about malware and other cyber threats.
Even its design seems to complement the security slant it has. Its square plastic body has a strongbox-like appearance as there are no external antennas, unlike most routers.
Performance and features of D-Link D-Fend router
Its performance is average, with download speeds topping out at around 300Mbps, compared with more than 500Mbps for other expensive routers.
Other security features include automatic firmware upgrades and an Away mode whereby specific devices in the home network will be disconnected from the Internet. The idea of the Away mode is to disable Internet access for non-essential devices, such as smart TVs and media players, when they are unlikely to be used.
To set up and configure the router, you need to download the D-Link Wi-Fi app (available for iOS and Android) from mcafee.com/activate. However, the router’s McAfee-powered security features and parental controls are controlled by a separate D-Fend app.
The D-Fend app notifies you whenever a device joins the router network for the first time. It also prompts you to identify all the devices in the home network, which is helpful to spot devices that do not belong to you.
The devices in your home network also help when setting parental controls using the D-Fend app. To apply parental controls effectively, the app needs to know exactly who owns each device.
You also need to give the user’s age to the app, which determines the type of content allowed. For example, gambling websites are banned for teens and children, but social media is allowed for teens.
But the catch is that the parental controls are not foolproof. Users found websites with undesirable content, particularly online forums that bypassed the filters. In such cases, it is recommended to restrict specific websites by adding them to a blacklist in the app.
In addition, you can stop the Internet for users using the app, which is handy if you need them to stop using their devices at certain times. For example, during meals or during the examination.