BitDefender BOX Review and How to Use Guide
Posted by Paul Wilson on 01.04.2016
Bitdefender BOX - A New Revolution in Cyber Security.
Since its inception as a Software company, BitDefender was always there with top-notch Cyber security solutions that were highly appreciated by professionals. Moreover, this time they came out with a new concept, the BitDefender BOX that can definitely redefine the way people use cyber security systems.
What is it?
It is a new breed of hardware that represents the beginning of a new revolution in internet security. It is the only one of its kind, and this new device not only protects your computers, but every smart device in your home that are connected to internet. This includes your Smart TVs, Home Security System, Satellite TV tuners, Smart Air conditioners and many more, in which you cannot run an antivirus.
It comes in the form of a small white colored box with dimensions 1.10 X 3.50 X 3.50 inches (HWD) and weighs merely 92 grams. The BitDefender box can be considered as a fine combination of router, firewall and a foolproof intrusion protection system. It can be connected to one of the Ethernet ports of your existing router, and it will protect the router also, from all network-based attacks and it can perform the role of a router as well.
Inside the BitDefender Box, there is a 400 MHz MIPS processor, 16MB Flash and 64 MB DDR2 RAM. It is also equipped with two 10/100 Ethernet ports and a wireless communication chipset that supports 802.11b/g/n standards. It is capable of providing data transfer speeds upto 150 Mbps. Though this is not a superior hardware setup according to today’s standards, it can provide superior protection to the connected devices without much affect on the network traffic.
The BitDefender Box intercepts and analyzes only the necessary parts of the data being transferred through the network and identifies the threats and blocks them even before they reach your router. You can connect the device and control the security of all the connected devices from a smartphone or tablet installed with the BitDefender BOX application.
How to use BitDefender BOX
The BitDefender Box can be used either with the existing router or as a standalone router. The package includes the BOX and all necessary hardware including USB cable, Ethernet cable and Power adaptor. With the BOX, you can manage your network from multiple devices such as smartphone and tablet that are installed with the BOX App. Therefore, before starting the setup, download and activate the BitDefender BOX application, which is available for Android and iOS platforms from Google PlayStore and App Store respectively.
Connecting the BOX to your existing router
Connect the BOX to the wall outlet using the supplied USB cable and the power adapter .Connect the BOX to one of the available LAN port of your router using the Ethernet cable included in the package. Now open the BOX app and it will lead you through the next steps.
Step 1 - Create an account: Create a new account in the App if you have not created one during the purchase of the BOX. After creating the account, you need to sign-in and activate the product.
Step 2 - Add the BOX to network: Here you have to add your BOX to the network by following the steps provided by the App installed in your gadget.
Step 3 - Configuration: The BOX will automatically search the router settings and applies the required configuration. You have to enter the router login details such as user-id and password correctly when prompted and with this, the setup is complete. Now, you can tap the “Start Using BOX” option on the control device to start adding different devices to the network and all the devices in the network are now protected.
Using the BOX without a Router
The BitDefender BOX can function as a standalone router and it can be connected directly to the internet, providing a secure and protected wireless network in your home.
Power-up the BOX with the supplied power adaptor and USB cable, and connect the Internet Service Provider cable directly to the BOX WAN port. If the connection is provided via a modem, then connect the modem to the BOX using the Ethernet cable. Now you are ready to start the setup. However, your device must be connected to mobile data until the BOX creates its own Wi-Fi. The setup is simple and it can be completed in a few steps.
Step 1 - Log-in or create an account: To begin the setup you need to create an account. If you already created an account during the purchase of the box, log on to it to continue the setup.
Step 2 - Setup the box network: Once you log in into your BOX account, the BOX App will guide through the options. In the configuration screen of the App, select the second option to set the BOX to function as the main router. In the options choose “Create a Secure BOX Network” and a new network named BOX will be created by the BitDefender BOX. The process may take up to three minutes and the App will tell you when to connect to the newly created network. The default password will be 12345678. If you find any difficulty, restart the BOX by pressing the reset button and try again.
Step 3 - Setting the connection Type: Once you connected to the BOX network, you are required to enter the details about the internet connection type in the application. BOX supports all major types including PPPoE, DHCP, Static IP etc and you have to enter the connection type correctly. If you are not sure about this, contact your ISP for more information. Now you can finish the setup procedure with the app and if required, you can change name and password of the BOX network at this time easily.
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