School is starting for us on Tuesday. Yep we’re lucky enough to get to go back a little later than most. But it also means big changes in our house. Charlie starts middle school. Its actually official as just a few hours ago I dropped off his medicine and allergy forms. There’s no turning back now! But it also means he’s growing up. This summer we moved him to the basement room. He likes having a bigger room and more space. I like that he can stay up as late as his bedtime and not in my bed anymore. He doesn’t go to bed until 10 and its hard on Steve and I. The one thing I didn’t like him being on his electronics without us knowing about it. So I was happy to get the CUJO Smart Firewall to review.
The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.
The first step was to set up the CUJO. I will say I had some difficulty with this. I’m usually pretty technically savvy but after trying for about an hour I had to call tech support. I worked with tech support for about 1.5 hours. I think our set up is pretty normal for a family. We have our cable modem and then have a wireless router. According to CUJO support, this was an issue since both routers were using the same IP. After she figured this out and did some changes on her end, we were able to get it connected. Once CUJO Smart Firewall was connected it automatically detected all devices that were currently connected. It does take up to 48 hours for it to completely learn the devices and makes but you can edit them. I loved that since I was able to tell which device was whose and change the names to match the member.
The next thing I wanted to check out was the ability for CUJO to look at threats. I’m happy that we didn’t have any when I first tested it, but Charlie later turned on his Mac and it tried to go to a site. CUJO blocked it and I immediately got a notification that it was blocked.
Like I said to start though I wanted more control for the kids. This is my favorite thing in the world right now. First of all I can group all of their electronics together under one profile or I can change them up and add two profiles. The only thing I didn’t like was once a device was added to one profile it could not go to a second profile. So both kids use the Dell computer from time to time or the Xbox but it can only be under one profile at a time. I think the best feature is the ability to pause their internet though. OH how I loved that yesterday. Yep I’m the mean mom. They had been asked 3 times to help clean up the kitchen from lunch. They kept “forgetting” with a couple taps on the screen, I paused the internet and they had no choice. Do their chores or no internet. It didn’t take long for them to get it together and the internet was resumed! I was also able to set up filters so they kids could only access certain categories of sites. I’m still working on them being able to use their one school site though. It was filtered and even though I put it in the allowed websites, it still blocked them.
CUJO is a smart firewall for the connected home, designed to bring business-level security to the home network. This one device will secure all devices connecting to the WiFi router. CUJO detects and blocks malicious sites, viruses, and hacks. Think of it like antivirus for your entire network. Plus, CUJO lets you control what your kids access online and keep them safe.
I can’t wait for the next update though as I was assured by customer service that there will be time limits. This will be good for all of us.