Linksys and Trend Micro Team Up Inside Your Router

Home Network Defender via firmware.

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Published Tue, Feb 17 2009 9:57 PM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:37 PM CST
Linksys and Trend Micro have developed a new protection suite for your home network. Home Network Defender is powered by Trend Micro and runs in the firmware on some of the latest Linksys by Cisco routers. Currently only the WRT610N and WRT310N routers are supported, but they are working on bringing it to the WRT160N soon.

Home Network Defender (HND) works to protect you much like a firewall, but is much more user-friendly and doesn't run on your PC, freeing up valuable system resources that are often consumed by typical internet protection suites. As HND runs on the router it provides protection before a threat even reaches the devices inside your network and thus enhancing your protection and decreasing your risks. HND also makes managing your home network simple from a single centralized location. Parental controls can be set for individual devices and network activity reports can be pulled instant from anywhere in the world to monitor what is happening with your network. Updates are applied continuously and in in real-time to ensure that your protection is up-to-date.

Home Network Defender
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To provide true multi-layer protection on your network, Home Network Defender also comes with four licenses to Trend Micro AntiVirus plus AntiSpyware so that all of your networked devices are protected from security threats and malicious content.

For a free 30-day trial, you can check out Cisco's website for instructions and links to everything you will need. After that it will set you back $59.99 for the yearly subscription. CoolComputing says that for the next 60 days you can get it for $10 cheaper at a special price of $49.99.

Zac provides professional IT support by day, but plays the role of enthusiast by night. He's been building high-end custom computer for the nearly fifteen years and writing PC hardware reviews for the better part of a decade. Aside from computers, he also dabbles in quite a bit of home A/V equipment. Throughout the years, Zac has picked up an extensive knowledge of power circuitry and leverages this to provide the PSU reviews. When not found testing or writing, you can often find him speeding through the winding countryside on his motorcycle.

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