Review: Fingbox – Don’t do a fing online without it
4.2Overall Score

Price (RRP): $129 (USD, plus freight)
Manufacturer: Fing

Fing’s new Fingbox may be the answer to protecting your home Wi-Fi network and smart home. It detects intruders, blocks unwanted or malicious devices, and analyses the quality of it’s wired, Wi-Fi, and Internet connection.

I first discovered Fing as a free Android app on Google Play (it also works with iOS and as a web URL) when I needed a LAN scanner to see what my router connected to. It detected all my devices and the fact that someone was persistently trying to illegally access the router – probably a web bot looking for vulnerabilities.

Fingbox monitors an unlimited number of devices on your home Wi-Fi network to help keep the bad guys out. It is router agnostic – all you need is a spare ethernet router port to plug it in.

Think of Fingbox as a hardware extension of the Fing app

It communicates with the Android or iOS app and sends email alerts when something strange occurs.

It allows, or blocks devices – it is not a hardware firewall that does packet scanning that many routers do anyway.

You tell it to block unknown devices so make sure you use recognisable system names like FredHPx360 instead of system allocated names like desktop-0134598. You can also rename devices at the Fingbox level – great for generic IoT devices.

It scans devices, open ports, and even nearby wi-fi enabled devices that are not connected to the network and ensures these are approved before allowing access – talk about identifying intruder alerts.

The port scan allows you to close unsecured ports via the router user interface. But wait there is more.

  • Network Events: Logging all the events that happened on a network.
  • Wi-Fi Speed: Finds the best channels to set the router to avoid congestion with other routers.
  • Find the best places and sweet spots to get a Wi-Fi connection on your network.
  • Bandwidth Analysis: Discover which devices are hogging all the broadband.
  • Internet Speed: speed of Wi-Fi from the router to the device. Internet upload, download, latency coming into the router.
  • It also has parental controls to track who is online, limit internet activity, see device activity and history

I found the network hog feature useful as it gave an analysis of who is using what bandwidth.

Unboxing Fingbox

The pretty little Fingbox is a small white, circular device with a removable cyan (blue) outer cup/sheath that I suspect few will use.

You also get an ethernet cable and micro-USB cable and power supply. There is a full-sized USB-A port too for future expansion.

It runs Linux Ubuntu Core on an ARMv7 processor with 1GB RAM and is easily updated by a small <3MB file (see release notes here).

Scheduled updates include: