Antivirus company AVG is taking to Indiegogo to crowdfund a router called Chime that it believes will fix your home's WiFi issues. Solitarily, a Chime is a fairly simple 802.11ac dual-band router. Used together, multiple Chimes can instantly band together and blanket your house in a strong signal by utilizing the same Mesh WiFi systems you'll find in office buildings, malls and airports. It's not the first company to offer Mesh WiFi to consumers -- San Francisco startup Eero's boxes ostensibly do exactly the same thing -- but AVG believes the additional security features offered by Chime will be enough to persuade users to jump aboard.
Created by the company's Innovation Labs, Chime has privacy options baked in. AVG says it's "equipped with VPN and Tor," meaning you can connect through one of AVG's "hundreds of VPN servers" to mask your IP address and hide your browsing from your ISP, or connect to Tor's vast network of relays for another degree of (but never complete) anonymity. It also has AVG AntiVirus Free to protect you from viruses and similar threats.