Norton Core - The Good and the Bad
I just received my Norton Core a few days ago and, unfortunately, I will not be able to use it in it's current form.
It is very fast and provides good wireless coverage. It provides up to a 50% increase in speed to my wireless devices. The device is small and good looking, compared to a Netgear Nighthawk AC 1900. Access to setup and status of the router via the App is OK, but the app only provides a limited set of information. The Core seems to be a very closed router system and provides a somewhat limited set of functionality, compared to other routers on the market. If you want to do it Norton's way, OK. If you need a more tailored setup for your environment,... not so good.
I can't use this router because it does not support my USB connected hard drive. It has 2 USB 3.0 ports, but it only supports printers. I have a wireless printer on my network so the USB ports are useless for me. I do need/want access to a hard drive that I can map to a network drive. Can't do it with Core at this point in time.
There's is no way to reserve IP addresses for various devices, and there is no way to see, via the app, what device has what IP address. Deal breaker,.. maybe not, but I like the flexibility my web based router provides. If I could do it via the App, great.
The ports in the device are VERY close together. If you have medium to large hands, hooking up cables to it is a real challenge. Attaching ethernet cables with larger, no snag connectors, takes some patience. The Core comes with a very thin ethernet cable with some smallish plugs, which works well since the WAN port has very limited access. Wish they had made Core with just a little bit more space around the port panel.
Now I have to figure out how to send this puppy back for a refund. Customer service has referred me to tech support, Don't like the sound of that.