Firewalla launches Purple: its must-have network security device

Image: Firewalla

Firewalla expands its product line today with its fourth network security appliance. As is the case with every product in the Firewalla line, the $319 Purple takes a different approach to providing an extra layer of security to your home network.

As well as two gigabit Ethernet ports on the Purple – a device that’s roughly the size of a Raspberry Pi – the Purple can also be used to create a short-range Wi-Fi network when working in a coffee shop or restaurant. hotel while traveling.

You can use the Purple as a home router. You can also set it up between your modem and router to monitor your traffic, scan for malicious websites, and send you alerts through the Firewalla iPhone or Android app.

I have now used every Firewalla device available, and they all do exactly as advertised. With Purple, I was able to migrate the settings and rules I had configured when testing Firewalla Gold, and the Purple was up and running within minutes. This includes my ad blocking and ad routing rules, as well as VPN and DDNS settings.

This means you can connect to your home network through a VPN connection, either protecting your Wi-Fi activity when you’re away from home or allowing you to access devices and files stored on your home’s network. residence.

I haven’t had a reason to leave the house and take Purple with me yet, but messing around with the app and reading the instructions makes it pretty easy.

The only problem is that you will need to complete the initial setup of Purple before taking it with you.

Firewalla also has Blue Plus, Red, and Gold. Each varies in cost and overall network speed, with Gold and Purple being the most capable and powerful of the bunch. You can learn more about Firewalla’s network security products by visiting Firewalla’s website or reading my review of the Blue.

Kevin M. Risinger