If you wish to connect to the internet while traveling outside the borders of your own country or just while you are away from your home or office, then you know the struggles of international connectivity or the steps you have to take to accomplish this. Now, a new electronic device is available that will allow your computer to connect as though you were still within your own borders or still sitting in the comfort of your own house. Welcome AlwaysHome, the world’s first portable router with content acceleration.
AlwaysHome is a faster and more user-friendly alternative to virtual private networks (VPN), the company said in an email sent to TheTravelPro. “Comparable in size and appearance to a USB flash drive, the device’s WAN-optimized software makes it possible to connect to any target network at speeds on average 3 to 10 times faster than that of Internet TCP/IP protocol.
AlwaysHome enables access to home country Internet content, but also to home network and IP address, allowing truly unrestricted access to sites that block traditional VPNs. The device’s inventor was inspired by experiences similar to my own.
AlwaysHome can be set up within seconds with no software configuration needed, offers HD-quality video streaming without jittery video images as well as fast large-file download and upload speed, according to the firm’s marketing materials. I can tell you that my experiences were nothing different from what they stated.
It was literally as simple as plugging the AlwaysHome device into my laptop and I was pretty much good to go. All I had to do was log into my home network and within a minute or so I was surfing the internet just as if I were sitting in my favorite computer chair at home at my desktop.
With network acceleration technology built in, the AlwaysHome Solo model is a plug-and-play device connecting to servers in different countries. The Solo package, which includes one USB device similar in size the familiar jump drive and subscription service, is available for $180 for a one-year unlimited data service subscription or $315 for a three-year unlimited data service subscription.
AlwaysHome Duo consists of two USB devices, called “dongles,” that work in pairs with a point to point connection. The traveling dongle has full access to the local area network the other dongle resides in. Users can access American home or office IP cameras, servers, network attached storage and printers, with ease. The Duo package includes two dongles and subscription service. AlwaysHome Duo is available for $180 for a 1-year unlimited data service subscription or $315 for a 3-year unlimited data service subscription.
Small business networking solution AlwaysHome Quartet consists of four dongles. With one dongle installed in a company’s home headquarters, three remote workers can access the headquarters’ network from anywhere in the world. AlwaysHome Quartet is available for $340 for a one-year unlimited data service subscription, renewable at $199 per year.
Overall this is a great little product and of course it’s very portable due to how small in size it is. While it might be small in size, it packs a good punch in what it does. The price is a bit expensive but considering what all it gives you and allows you to do, it’s really not all that bad in my opinion.