There was a time when having a television was something that every home had to have — now it’s the Internet. But unlike the passive experience of watching a TV, having a home network is like being in a crowd of people and trying to keep an eye on what each and every one is doing; only in a home network there’s so many things going on that it’s nearly impossible to keep track. But that’s why Fingbox was made. Because this $129.00 network security and monitoring and Internet troubleshooting device does a ton of a lot more than just act as a conduit between the Internet, your network and the devices you’re surrounded by.
The Fingbox physically looks like a small oval and can be used by itself or inside its silicone case: it has a power supply and connects to the router through an Ethernet connection. Once this is done, it’s time to pull out the iOS or Android app that was downloaded earlier. This is used to quickly make a connection between the app, the Fingbox and your network — with a colored LED ring reminding you it’s powered on and working.
But as to who Fingbox is working for, well Fingbox is working for you. But just what is it doing and why should you care? Since Fingbox gives you access to everything that is now going on in the home network, it would make sense if it could do a quick count of any device or devices that are connected. So it can. But that’s just the start. You’ve a profile with all your devices noted and so can check your WiFi speed (downloading/uploading, the streaming ability we all so desire) as to just how much bandwidth your devices are getting depending on where they are. This can help with re-routing your WiFi antenna’s beaming so that “dead spots” are less likely. Or just to make sure you’ve got plenty of “oomph” where in the home you are usually streaming from. And since it would help if you could suss out the Internet connection’s actual speed in real-time, that’s something you can do too. That might have you rethinking whether it’s worth having so many devices sharing bandwidth at any given time — for example, does the HD TV’s WiFi that you never use really need to be active and sucking bandwidth away? Without Fingbox you might not have even known it was there.
Or how about keeping an eye on who’s joining/leaving your network — that can be done. Or getting a handle on all the devices, including those that are not yours, not even in your house or apartment, that are within signal range. You don’t want any of them interfering with your wireless network, but without Fingbox you sure wouldn’t know what was “out there.”
You’ve also got a new protector watching out for malicious threats like Denial of Service and other Internet risks and blocking hackers from easily getting on and scratching up your network. And on a more invasive under your control action, you can bring up those family member devices on your network and give them the “parental control” kick — taking them off the network when you deem best (it’s not just for kids that limiting access or temporarily pausing a device makes good sense to do).
Keep in mind that through a history recall list you can revisit all the above info whenever you want, and through the app you can remotely be “checking in” with what Fingbox is detecting and monitoring. And have it send you relevant alerts as well.
So if you want to get the most out of your network you’re going to need to know things, be willing to make decisions about what you know and deal with it. Fingbox helps you to get the peace of mind that can only come from being knowledgeable about your network and what is going on with it.