Securifi Almond: A wireless router for the post-PC era

Securifi's Almond finally brings touch to wireless routers.

The new touch-based Almond Wireless-N router from Securifi.
The new touch-based Almond Wireless-N router from Securifi. Securifi

Back at CES 2010, D-Link showed off a prototype of what would be the first touch-based wireless router. The final product never materialized.

The Almond is good-looking and comes with two LAN ports and one WAN port.
The Almond is good-looking and comes with two LAN ports and one WAN port. Securifi

Securifi announced today the Almond, which, when it ships in a few weeks, will actually be the first wireless router on the market that comes with a touch screen. It will help users quickly, and easily, manage their wireless network.

The new router has a 320x240-pixel 2.8-inch full-color touch screen that takes care of its own setup and maintenance. Traditionally, a router comes with either desktop software or a Web interface (or both), which are generally complicated for nonsavvy users and require a computer to use. The new touch-based interface is designed to ease the challenge of setting up a new router.

The Almond is a simple, single-band Wireless-N device that offers top Wi-Fi speeds of 300Mbps. It has one WAN port and two LAN ports (most routers have four).

The router does not support dual-band, Gigabit, or USB devices. For this reason, it also comes with a relatively friendly price of just $70.

Check back in a few weeks for a full review of the Securifi Almond router.

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CNET editor Dong Ngo has been involved with technology since 2000, starting with testing gadgets and writing code for CNET Labs' benchmarks. He now manages CNET San Francisco Labs, reviews 3D printers, networking/storage devices, and also writes about other topics from online security to new gadgets and how technology impacts the life of people around the world.


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