"Great Product"on by cleith1234
Pros It works very well at protecting your Kids
Cons Can be a bit complex at configuring some of the features
Summary I am a computer systems professional that has 7 computers in my home. Each family member has a laptop and I myself have three computers. My home is wired with Cat 5 and high speed internet. Since I have kids surfing the net, I have special technology that allows me to monitor their internet activity.
A few months ago, I discovered one of my kids visiting a porn site that had some very bad content. I am not just talking nudity, and normal sex. It contained hard core material including sexual acts with animals. It was enough to turn my stomach, and I am not a prude. The site was located in Brazil.
I immediately disconnected my son from the internet and banned him from his computer for a month. During that month, I researched and came across this Securespot product. I researched it and decided to give it a try.
I have been using it for almost 2 months and I am very pleased with the results. It works as described. I would strongly recommend this product to all parents who are concerned about protecting their kids from the bad content on the internet.
This is a very sophisticated piece of technology and does require having a certain amount of computer expertise, but if you are patient and you take the time to configure it for your needs, then this is an excellent product.
This is an all in one weapon that will provide effective protection for many of the threats that exist on the internet.
If you are not sure about your computer skills, then hire some Geeks to install and configure this device. It is not hard to install, but setting up the profiles could be tricky for the average person. When configured correctly, it works like a charm.
I strongly recommend this product. We need more products like this on the market.
"More feedback"on by cleith1234
Pros Does not slow down my internet connection
Cons I do not really have any cons
Summary I forgot to add the following information. Some people might have concerns about this device slowing down your internet connection.
As far as I can tell, it has not impacted the speed of my my internet connection. This was a surprise to me, because I was expecting that it would have some type of effect. I have not noticed any negative effects.
Pros Delivers parental controls that WORK, installed at the network layer (thin client on the host IF desired for AV, spam, etc.), easy to deploy and administer FROM ONE SINGLE LOCATION, wow...I hope DLink keeps up the good work and adds more features!
Cons Spam setting puked on my initial e-mail send/receive attempts but after about five minutes is no longer an issue.
Summary I actually deployed Secure Spot 2.0 to my D-Link dir-655. Was about to fork out 60 bucks for the DSD-150, but luckily read a review from a store site where the reviewer pointed out that D-Link was now offering Secure Spot for the DIR-655, DIR-628, and DIR-625 wireless router models. Twenty minutes to backup, upgrade firmware, reapply configuration for my router. Secure Spot takes over from there guiding you through each step. Then upon each computer making a call out to the internet, a request is sent to the client to either register or take guest access with limited browsing capabilities through the Secure Spot service and my router. Another forty-five minutes playing with the settings for each client (4 in all). Done! Now my wife and I get e-mail and SMS texts to our phones if a violation takes place and no bloat-ware on my computers! WOW!
Pros Terrific content filters; very customizable
Cons Required reboot after changing a setting; annual subscription cost
Summary WHY I LIKE IT: Because it is a hardware based content filter (eliminating most pornography, etc..) Prior to using securespot I used software based filters that required installation on each computer. My kids are older now (16, 19) and along with their friends, they mostly use laptops to access my high-speed network. It was not feasible to try and load software onto each persons's PC -- that's where securespot solves the problem. Now, every person using my network is subject to my content settings; I'm much more comfortable with that. (Other hardware based content filters are marketed to small businesses and cost an astronomical amount of money!)
THE EXTRAS: I really didn't need securespot for the anti-virus, firewall, etc., and other than the main computer that I set up, I wasn't required to add those features on every other PC (and I didn't) -- I followed simple instructions to change the setting in that regard. (The license does allow you to install the antivirus, firewall, and anti-spyware on up to four computers.) BUT NOTE -- the content filter works on as many computers as your network allows (a big plus!)
SPEED-PERFORMANCE: After the intial setup, my broadband speed has not diminished in the least -- still "lightning" fast. (What's with the guy talking about 28.8 modem speed?!) By the way, my PC is good, but not great: a 2.0GHz Athlon XP processor, 1GB RAM, Windows XP Home w/SP2.
SUPPORT: Setting securespot up required several support calls (one using a chat session; one calling their toll free number.) Both times the support was helpful and friendly and most importantly, the "problem" was solved. (By the way, one problem was the result of my own error; the second problem was resolved by unplugging securespot, the router, and the modem -- and then turning them back on in the same order.)
PRICE: It was on sale at Best Buy for $80. I hate the idea of having to pay another $80 when my year's subscription expires though.
OKAY, technically I would only rate this item an "8" (due to the few "cons" I listed)-- but since I think several overeacted by rating it "abysmal /1" -- I wanted to provide some necessary "balance."
Pros One device that does it all for security, if it works...
Cons Over simplified manual. Poor tech support.
Summary Like many small businesses, I¡¦m looking for a simple solution to resolve or block threats from external network attacks and internal abuse. The Dlink DSD-150 appears to be the perfect solution having winning so many awards. Well, don¡¦t judge everything on the cover. This device may be simple to connect and power on. The manual is also very simple to understand. But for multi-layered networks this device is difficult to setup because it seems to only function in front of the firewall, not behind. The manual doesn¡¦t go into any of these details. The manual simply illustrates how to connect the device to your modem and router. Then power them on and everything will work. Well, it doesn¡¦t work for me.
Another annoying aspect that made me write this poor review is the poor tech support. I called twice to their toll free telephone support and both times I got disconnected! Talk about frustration.
If you¡¦re looking for a simple device for home networks, I think the DSD-150 will work fine for you. But for multi-layered networks, I suggest looking for another solution.