Iâ€™ll be the first one to tell you that I donâ€™t keep up with the antivirus on all my devices. They expire at different times and Iâ€™m not the quickest to update them or reinstall any software if necessary. I was very excited to have the opportunity to review the CUJO Smart Firewall. Itâ€™s a business level firewall that guards all your devices in your connected home. It detects and blocks malicious sites and hacks. You plug it into your router and control it with your iPhone or Android installed CUJO App.
Itâ€™s very user friendly and the set up process is simple. You follow the instructions, plug-in your CUJO Smart Firewall and connect it to your router. You should download the app on your phone or tablet and it will prompt you to log in if you already have an account or register. Once you are all logged in, the app will walk you through the initial set up to connect your CUJO to your router. There are two ways you can do this through the app or manually with the assistance of a CUJO Rep via video chat, phone or email.
Due to the type of router I have, I wasnâ€™t able to connect automatically through the app so I was prompted to get the assistance of a CUJO Support Rep which took 10-15 minutes max! I called on the phone and we used a screen share app so he could take control instead of walking me through the process. I was grateful because some of the stuff went over my head when it came to connecting to my router, disabling features and changing the router ip address.
Once my CUJO was successfully connected I started to see my devices appear on the app. I initially saw nine but, I have fifteen devices currently being protected by CUJO. Our Smart TVâ€™s, phones, tablets, laptops, Google Home, Philips Hue Lighting, Streaming Devices and Security Camera are all covered. You can monitor all your devices through the app and check on any threats. CUJO is built with 1Gb Ethernet, so I donâ€™t have to worry about it slowing down my network. You also have the option to create individual user profiles for each family member.
There are parental controls which I love for my youngest son. I can manage his internet access by day and time and filter the websites and apps if they are inappropriate for him. Thereâ€™s also a time limit feature which I totally appreciate because it allows me to control the time heâ€™s allowed to stay on the internet watching YouTube videos and playing games. I usually take his phone away during home school and he gets it back during breaks or when his work is complete. I donâ€™t need to do that anymore!
Whatâ€™s In the Box: You get the CUJO device, 3ft Ethernet (RJ45) Cable, Quick User Guide and Power Adapter. Overall, I think the CUJO Smart Firewall is an essential piece of equipment to add to your tech home. I am constantly online running a business from home, home schooling my son and connecting on social media. The last thing I want to worry about is a breach in my network. All of my devices are connected wirelessly to my router and CUJO makes me feel secure knowing Iâ€™m covered. You can get this gem at Best Buy and visit the website for additional information.
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Disclosure: Thank you to Best Buy for sponsoring this post. I received a CUJO Smart Firewall for review purposes. All opinions expressed are 100% honest and completely my own. #CUJO