Many of us travel, some within the country others around the world. We stop in at hotels, shops and restaurant and all of these places offer free Wi-Fi, however, that Wi-Fi isn't always secure. VPNs offer a private tunnel on the public cloud allowing you to remain secure in your online activities. Traditionally, these can be cumbersome to setup with certificates to download and install and settings to configure, but Keezel is looking to change everything.
Keezel is a captured VPN, it offers all of the privacy of a traditional VPN in a small form factor device. A Web-Based GUI offers an easy to use interface that's takes all the pain of configurations and management and put it into a few clicks here and there. Keezel is battery powered with a 7000mah battery that is said to last 10 hours on Wi-Fi while having a rear facing port for charging your devices; it offers 802.11n connectivity with AES256bit encryption.
Compatibility includes any Wi-Fi capable device. MSRP of the Keezel comes in at $179.99 with a one-year warranty. You can purchase a premium blend of service for an additional $60 per year that offers access to global VPN service.
Packaging is quite nice for the Keezel; we have a sleeve offering information about the VPN along with an image of the device.
The back goes into more detail about the Keezel and its use cases.
Included with the Keezel is a rather nice cloth case.
In the box, we have the Keezel, USB cable and guide.
The Keezel offers the appearance of a rather large skipping stone, the top has a glossy black finish with micro USB charging port on the front, and full-size USB on the backside.
So, after powering on the Keezel and doing the initial connection via Wi-Fi, we have above, the webGUI. From here we have three menus to change settings. The first allows you to choose the network with internet access, the second your virtual location. At the top right, we have more settings.
Advanced settings will let you enable 5GHz networks for better performance along with adblocker and anti-phishing filters and if you are in a firewalled network VPN over TCP.
Connecting the VPN to a new network is as easy as choosing a network and entering a password.
VPN locations are available in every country, and for those that already subscribe to a service, you can enter that information as well and connect to your own VPN with Keezel.
I've never been one to care much about using a VPN whether I was on vacation or at a local coffee shop. I would just connect to Wi-Fi and go about my business, but since I have had the Keezel it really is as easy as pushing a power button. The Keezel is a really well-built solution, it feels good in the hand and fits together effortlessly. The integrated battery has saved my iPhone on a number of occasions, and while it doesn't charge quick it's definitely a nice touch.
In addition to its purpose as a private tunnel into the internet, the Keezel is fantastic at letting you watch content that is blacked out in your area or country and perfect for half-priced PPV events, the device can pay itself off with that alone in under a year. Performance is slightly hindered when using the Keezel, an issue I only really noticed when streaming content otherwise web browsing, emailing and social apps worked without issue.
By far, the best selling feature of the Keezel is the simplicity in its user interface. It really takes the difficulty of managing files and configuration out of using a traditional VPN but leaves that functionality in for those that want to use it.
Tyler's Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Prime Z370 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i3 8350K (buy from Amazon)
- RAM: Corsair Vengeance 32GB 4x8GB DDR4 3200 (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair Hydro H115i (buy from Amazon)
- Case: Corsair Air 540 (buy from Amazon)
- OS Storage: Samsung 960 EVO 250GB (buy from Amazon)
- Power Supply: Corsair RM850x (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 (buy from Amazon)
- Wi-Fi NIC: ASUS PCE-AC88 (buy from Amazon)
- 10Gbe NIC: ASUS XG-C100C (buy from Amazon)
- Thunderbolt 3: ASUS Thunderbolt EX3 (buy from Amazon)
The Bottom Line: Keezel is hands-down the easiest way to take advantage of the capabilties of VPN technology.
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