As one of the guys behind the SafeThings product, I was extremely pleased to run into this thread.
I’d love to learn more about your thoughts around our product:
- what would motivate you to buy such a product?
- what is it missing in the product that would turn it into a must-have?
I have not had the pleasure of trying one personally. Also it is not currently available in the USA so I can't get my hands on one for testing. A few quick questions, and some suggestions based exclusively what I can find on the website;
1) Does this act as a DHCP server as a primary on the network?
2) Can DNS be switched to an INTERNAL DNS server? (it bugs me that Gryphon cannot, I want my Pi-Hole online)
3) Does it send logs, if so, how verbose?
4) Does it send TLD and SNI information on visited websites or is everything local on device?
5) Can telemetry be adjusted/eliminated/reduced? Is the telemetry encrypted?
6) Is there custom blacklisting/whitelisting of sites/domains?
7) Parental controls by age group? Homework time? How deep are the parental controls?
8) Website states it detects incoming traffic to IoT devices and stops them. How does it determine if the remote IP is a qualified source or not?
9) What level of filtration is there for malware? Is it simply malware domains?
10) Does it have RRP that can be disabled? (Manual channel selection)
11) Is low power mode and scheduled WiFi on/off available or coming?
12) Is the device hardened? SSH closed up? Etc?
Another feature, lobbied by ME for Gryphon was inclusion of ad-blocking within the firewall itself. This is an absolutely phenomenal feature. It's aggressive, and it should be, but you can whitelist. This allows me to not feel the forced need to use my Pi-Hole because quite frankly, Gryphon blocks enough ads to where you don't need a browser or DNS adblocker. Any chance Avira will take an aggressive stance against ads and trackers like this? Malvertising is real.
I'd be very curious to try it when it is available and would surely do so!