Routers as smart home hubs

Not just any router will do when it comes to home technology and home automation.

Fortune staffer Stacey Higginbotham reports that while big router makers fail with security patches that don’t get updated, or have suppliers whose chips contain software that is over a decade old, upstarts such as Securifi, Eero, and even Google are trying their hand with newer gear (although in Google’s case its new router is manufactured by Asus and TP-Link, both of which are more traditional router makers). Higginbotham writes:

For those who worry a lot about security, there are routers with that as their primary focus. Innovation Labs created the Chime Wi-Fi router with software from security software maker AVG. The router contains antivirus software designed to protect devices from malware and phishing attacks.

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