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Crowdfunding project of the week: Keezel is your personal VPN router
Crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo make it possible for great startups and small companies to bring innovative products to the market, but it’s also home to many projects we can live without. In the ‘Crowdfunding project of the week’ series we try to curate a list of the hottest campaigns around. Today we are taking a look at Keezel, which could be the perfect solution for VPN users.
What is a VPN?
VPN stands for Virtual Private Network. It sounds just as complicated as it is, but let’s give you the basic explanation of what it does. In essence, a VPN reroutes your data traffic through a separate server, allowing users to navigate privately.
But security is not the only thing VPNs are good for. In fact, plenty of people use them to unlock websites with geographic restrictions. Popular ones include Netflix, Hulu and even some YouTube videos. By using a USA-based VPN server, users can make any website think the visitor is located in the United States. The same works for any other country.
What Keezel does
One of the biggest issues with VPNs is the set-up process. You have to go through changing settings, inputting server addresses and more. And this has to be done with every single device you use. Some people set up their routers to use a VPN and reroute their whole network’s traffic, but most routers don’t support such capabilities.
Keezel makes it possible to use a VPN on-the-go, and with multiple devices. The concept is quite simple. All the user has to do is turn the Keezel on, which will then create a WiFi signal any device can connect to. After joining the Keezel’s WiFi network, simply go to a browser and you will be redirected to a page where you can set up your internet connection with any other router.
After the intial set-up, any device connected to the Keezel will be able to browse safely and unlock any geographically restricted websites.
Because it is a portable device, it does also include its internal battery. The team claims this thing has amazing battery life, though they don’t specify much more than that. We believe them, though. We are sure this VPN machine doesn’t use too much energy, and it has a whopping 8,000+ mAh battery. It’s so large it can even be used as a portable battery pack and charge your devices via USB!
Pricing and conclusion
If you have used VPN services in the past, you will know they do have a price; it’s usually a monthly or yearly fee. This Indiegogo campaign’s prices are based on that model. You can back the Basic Keezel tier for $99 and get service included for a year. Or you could pay $429 and get lifetime service. There are more plans available, which you can see within the Indiegogo page.
Who is signing up? Keezel looks to be a good solution for those who want streamlined VPN browsing on-the-go. Do you travel outside the country often? Are you all about security? Then click the button below to learn more about Keezel.