ExpressVPN launches its first Wi-Fi 6 router with built-in VPN protection

Since 2008, ExpressVPN has been helping businesses and families control how they access the Internet by offering VPN services with super-fast servers in 94 countries. A VPN (Virtual Private Network) encrypts your internet traffic and can protect your online identity.

Using a VPN makes it more difficult for hackers and malicious individuals to track what you are doing online and steal your data. A VPN encrypts your internet traffic in real time. In 2021, ExpressVPN was acquired by Kape Technologies (LSE: KAPE) and the company has now announced its first hardware VPN router, Aircove.

Aircove is the first and only Wi-Fi 6 router that includes a direct VPN and provides the user with an interface designed to protect home or work with a VPN. The same professionals who developed the company’s award-winning VPN software designed and engineered the router.

About 98% of the total traffic from The Internet of things The devices are unencrypted, potentially leaving things like security cameras and power switches open to a cyberattack where hackers can extract personal and confidential data. Aircove is easy to set up and enables the user to protect and encrypt every device on their home network in a matter of minutes. Protected devices include smart TVs, voice assistants, and other IoT devices that are not usually compatible with VPN software.

Aircove has a feature known as device groups. Users can easily drag and drop their devices into up to five groups, each with their own VPN location. For example, if you want to set your Smart TV on a UK location so you can access the BBC, you can bundle it with other devices and set that set as connected to the Internet using a London server. If you need to do some mobile banking on an account in France, you can put your smartphone in the Paris collection. And if you want your home printer to work with the local network, you can move it to the “No VPN” group.

The new router has been designed with user privacy and security as a top priority. For example, users can simply share their home Wi-Fi network with visitors by providing a QR code to scan, so there’s no need to share a password. Aircove also has an automatic update feature, so users always have the latest features and security improvements to keep their network safe.

Prior to the launch of Aircove, ExpressVPN invited cybersecurity firm Cure53 to conduct a penetration test and review the source code of the router. Testing took place in June and July 2022 and gave Cure53 Aircove a Class 1 security rating.

Aircove uses Wi-Fi 6 for a faster and more reliable wireless connection, and allows speeds of up to 1200Mbps (600Mbps for 2.4GHz and 1200Mbps for 5GHz). It also covers homes up to 1,600 square feet.

Although an Aircove router is already set up, users will also need to get a separate annual subscription to ExpressVPN. Prices start at around $9 per month but check local rates on ExpressVPN’s website.

Pricing and Availability: Aircove by ExpressVPN will be available on Amazon USA starting today at a special launch price of $169.

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Technical Specifications:

  • 1 x Ethernet WAN port, 4 Ethernet LAN ports.
  • DC 12V/1.5A input.
  • Processor: 64-bit quad-core @ 1.2 GHz.
  • Memory: DDR3L 512MB / NAND-FLASH 128MB.
  • Standards: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n/ac/ax, MU-MIMO.
  • Speeds: 600Mbps (2.4GHz), up to 1200Mbps (5GHz).
  • Coverage: up to 1,600 square feet
  • Client devices: Unlimited (Tested up to 100+ concurrent connections).
  • Security: WPA2/3.
  • Dimensions: 210 x 120 x 36.8 mm.
  • Weight: 445 grams.
  • Automatic security updates
  • Warranty: 1 year.
  • ExpressVPN subscription sold separately.