iBoss Home Parental Control Wireless-N router

The Good The iBoss Home Parental Control Wireless-N offers comprehensive parental control, stable performance, a responsive Web interface, and is housed in a compact design.

The Bad The iBoss Home Parental Control Wireless-N's throughput speed and range could be better. It lacks both Gigabit Ethernet and USB support as well as features commonly found in other Wireless-N routers. It requires an annual fee to use.

The Bottom Line The iBoss Home Parental Control Wireless-N router offers the most comprehensive tool to manage access to the Internet. Beyond that, it's a rather simple router that requires an annual subscription fee to operate, therefore holding appeal only for those who want complete control over a network's online activities.

Editors' Rating
  • Setup 6.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 6.0
  • Support 6.0
6.3 Overall

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Review

iBoss Home Parental Control Wireless-N router

Priced at an affordable $40, the iBoss Home Parental Control Wireless-N is, however, not an affordable choice, thanks to its $59 annual cost that accrues after the first month of use. Over time, this fee could make it one of the most expensive Wireless-N routers on the market; and the fact that it lacks Gigabit Ethernet or support for USB printers makes it sting that much more. One saving grace is that it's the only residential wireless router that comes with a comprehensive parental control feature, allowing you to manage the Internet connection of each computer in the network.

Other than that, it's a low-end Wireless-N router that lacks networking features commonly found in other routers. If complete control over the network's Internet activities is a must, you should consider the iBoss. Otherwise, most other Wireless-N routers will likely offer better performance and features, and at better prices.

Design and ease of use
The iBoss router is designed simply. The device is housed in a box measuring 6.2 inches tall by 1 inch wide by 4.1 inches deep, which is about the size of a typical wireless router with two antennas.

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