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


Since 2008, ExpressVPN has been helping businesses and families take control of their Internet access 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 harder for hackers and bad guys to track what you do online and steal your data. A VPN encrypts your internet traffic in real time. In 2021 Kape Technologies (LSE:KAPE) acquired ExpressVPN and now the company has announced its first hardware VPN router, Aircove.

Aircove is the first and only Wi-Fi 6 router that includes VPN out-of-the-box and provides the user with an interface designed to protect a home or business with a VPN. The same specialists who developed the company’s award-winning VPN software built and designed the router.

About 98% of all traffic coming from IoT devices are not encrypted, potentially leaving things like security cameras and power switches open to a cyber attack where hackers can extract personal and confidential data. Aircove is easy to set up and allows the user to protect and encrypt every device on their home network in minutes. Protected devices include smart TVs, voice assistants, and other IoT devices that are generally not 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 its own VPN location. For example, if you want your smart TV set up in the UK so you can access the BBC, you can group it with other devices and designate that group as connected to the internet using a server Londoner. If you need to do mobile banking on an account in France, you can put your smartphone in a Paris group. And if you want your home printer to work with the local network, you can move it to a “No VPN” group.

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

Prior to Aircove’s launch, ExpressVPN invited cybersecurity firm Cure53 to perform a penetration test and audit of the router’s source code. The test was conducted in June and July 2022 and Cure53 gave Aircove a top security level rating.

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

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

Price and availability: ExpressVPN’s Aircove will be available on Amazon USA starting today and has a special introductory price of $169.

More information:

Technical specifications:

  • 1 Ethernet WAN port, 4 Ethernet LAN ports.
  • DC 12V/1.5A input.
  • Processor: Quad-core 64-bit at 1.2 GHz.
  • Memory: DDR3L 512 MB / NAND-FLASH 128 MB.
  • Standards: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n/ac/ax, MU-MIMO.
  • Speeds: 600 Mbps (2.4 GHz), up to 1200 Mbps (5 GHz).
  • Coverage: up to 1,600 sq. ft.
  • Client devices: unlimited (tested on more than 100 simultaneous connections).
  • Security: WPA2/3.
  • Dimensions: 210 x 120 x 36.8mm.
  • Weight: 445g.
  • Automatic security updates
  • 1 year warranty.
  • ExpressVPN subscription sold separately.

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