Sporting an attractive geodesic dome design, the Core is meant to be on display in your home rather than tucked behind your computer desk or end table. Putting the Core on display out in the open also ensures that it will provide the best connectivity possible. That’s because when you hide your router behind your sofa or desk, you block its Wi-Fi signals, which can impact connection speeds and range.
Norton’s router features three hardline LAN ports and uses 4X4 AC2600 MIMO connectivity. In other words, the Core can send and receive a huge amount of data without bottlenecking. Setup should be pretty straightforward, as the Core’s app will walk you through the entire operation. That’s a far more user-friendly experience than the standard router setup process, which requires you to launch your web browser and navigate often complicated menus.
Norton’s Core is one of a new style of Wi-Fi routers that seek to make using the networking devices more intuitive and less intimidating. Products like Google’s Wi-Fi, the Eero and the Luma router offer similar interfaces, though, also function as mesh networks. Essentially a mesh network means you setup multiple router repeaters around your home to ensure you don’t have any Wi-Fi dead zones.
Fore now, the Core doesn’t offer this feature, but Norton says the devices is designed to be able to use mesh-style networking in the future.
The Core is available for pre-order $200 now, and will cost $280 when it begins shipping later this summer.