The Truth about Portable VPN Routers

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New small portable VPN routers are engaging security conscious users everywhere. They’ve made massive successful Kickstarter and IndieGoGo campaigns, in some cases raising over $850,000.

It’s easy to see that there’s demand for security and encryption in today’s internet-focused world where people strive to protect personal information from companies, governments, and even each other. But in the case of these VPN routers, are people buying the products themselves, or simply the ideas that the products are pushing?

When you check out some of these crowd funding campaigns, a majority of the copy is persuading people why they need to care about security, not what the products actually offer.

Taking it directly from Keezel’s IndieGoGo campaign, they claim to be the “world’s first portable online freedom device [that] stop others from seeing what you do online. {The Keezel] [lets] you visit blocked websites all over the world, [lets you] watch the TV shows, sports games and other programs you love, but can’t reach. It [can also] secure all your devices with no installation needed, [so you can] be part of the worldwide Keezel network, combining the best providers into the largest and most resilient VPN network.”

Just from reading this small introduction, I can point a few ways Keezel is misleading customers. 

  • Since media services have blocked a majority of VPN providers, I highly doubt that Keezel’s VPN and router will have a way for users to visit blocked websites or TV programs around the world. Sure you might be able to access some region restricted websites, but this can be achieved with a simple proxy on any of your devices without the need for this router. If you’re looking for a way to access Netflix with a VPN, check out this article.
  • Keezel is another VPN provider claiming that it will be the best and most resilient VPN network without explaining what makes their network better, and how they plan to do so in the future.

If you’re wondering how exactly boxes like Keezle stack up against a REAL VPN router, we made a chart listed below. Red bugs illustrate information not given out about the specs of Keezle or Invizbox on purpose. This is very questionable–seeing how a purposeful lack of information can only indicate poor hardware specifications or uncertainty towards actual shipped product. In fact, Keezle has already had to step up their hardware after user complaints, but that still doesn’t mean it’s powerful now.

Release Date




Included VPN

Best10VPN Rating VPN provider


Archer C7 AC1750


720 Mhz


1300 Mbps dual band



$150 pre-flashed plug and play w/ free month  or $89 on Amazon


June 2016

Keezel's Own VPN



May 2016



150 Mbps

HideMyAss / VyprVPN 

5.6 / 7 

99$ + $6.55 per month for annual VPN sub


June 2016



$139 for 12 months

As you can see from the comparison table, you’re apparently paying extra for the portability of these devices. The Archer C7 has a much faster processor, more ram, and a lot more available bandwidth than any of the available portable routers–not to mention the quality of the providing VPN itself.

In some ways, portability is a valid argument, since these boxes are more portable than a  standard VPN router that needs to be plugged in via ethernet and through an AC adapter, but the very conception and design of the mobile VPN router product make it invalid in more ways than one.

Want to know what’s even more portable than a small little box? A browser extension, a VPN mobile app on your phone/tablet–or an easy to use software app on your computer. These are all softwares/extensions that don’t require a box in your backpack that work in any coffee shop or public Wi-Fi spaces.

Are these VPN router boxes that secure?

The Truth about Portable VPN Routers

Another thing you should consider with these VPN router boxes is their security.  Some of these VPN boxes like Anonabox use adaptations of open source firmware that has been heavily changed and modified.

In essence, these boxes are no longer the same software as a standard VPN router. This means that the user (people who are buying these boxes are VPN noobs who like the idea of a simple plug and play router) must rely on these router companies to provide regular updates and follow security practices.  

Who would you rather trust–some new corporation with untested firmware or the tried and true open source VPN firmware that has become the standard in the VPN consumer market?

Will they be fast?

One of the most important things to consider when purchasing a good VPN router is CPU performance. These router providers assure users that these boxes will not only be small but fast as well. However, data and specs don’t lie.
The CPU of a router handles all the VPN encryption which directly translates to how fast speeds are. With a slow processor, speeds will be much weaker, and you can see from our table that these routers have much slower processors than even a $100 router.

Should you get a portable VPN router?  

We can give you a resounding “no”. VPN routers are a super niche product that don’t need to exist. You can accomplish the same things, with better performance, without the need of another box with software and browser extensions.

Better Alternative to Portable VPN Router – Mini Router

I made an entire guide about “Mini VPN routers” here. I think they are a much better solution overall, even if they aren’t as “wireless”.

Spark has a simple mission to help you chose the best VPN without any bias. Which VPN do I use? See it here!


  1. I noticed that this article was written 2 years ago. Do you have any update or thoughts as to whether a portable VPN device is worth it today?


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