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    1980cyber

    I may be in big trouble! My iPhone is made in China, so is my MacBook pro ... my mouse, monitor, my access point ... xxx ... c'mon ... 

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    Kevin Albrecht

    Ha, fair enough. The only difference is that this device is centered around security, and acts as a gateway between your network and the internet.

    It's not a trivial matter.

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    GamerZer0

    There is a certain level of trust we place on all devices we use in our lives today. At least Firewalla helps me stay and feels safe. Now my "LED Smart Desk Lamp" is not connecting to a server in China every hour 🤓.

    Firewalla platform is open source... Gold is a robust hardware that I have deployed and used as a hardware firewall and router since launch. So far the Customer Service and any concerns I had were answered quickly.

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    Kevin Albrecht

    Thanks for the reply. Glad you are feeling good with it.  I ran a Winston device for their duration which I was fine with although they were not open.  These days we gotta stay on point.

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    David Vaughan

    I could say that I hope the Chinese government is fascinated with my home network, time spent when they could have been doing something more useful for themselves.

    To configure it, I first installed my FWG behind my previous router, seeing no signs of any nefarious phoning home. That does not exclude much but at least it is better than my NVR which frantically phones non-stop (and is duly blocked). Perhaps it is just looking for the correct time, or for software updates, or to show to a State espionage apparatus that, yes, there is still nothing happening in my street.

    As 1980cyber implied, if there is something deep within the Intel chipset then I won't even know, so I do not worry about that and rely on manufacturer testing and the software be it from Apple or Firewalla; which means I also "trust" America but I don't live there either :-).

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    GamerZer0

    I can't remember the details... but my Eufy outdoor security cams actively connects to... let me remember... China... Germany... Singapore servers... MULTIPLE times every hour... like mentioned above... maybe to sync time and check software updates... who knows.

    I did a test. Blocked it from connecting to those specific countries ONLY... Maybe it would re-route to other servers... Nope... It just stopped working... I could no longer connect to the live cam footage from Eufy's iPhone app. Mind you... its not connecting through these country servers to allow for my app access... its connecting locally from my phone to my cameras... I can see that active as I connect.

    Anyways... it's funny how IoT devices "break" once you limit specific communications. I tested just blocking China and Singapore... left Germany on... All works fine. Why Germany? Don't know... am a simple human-being. 

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    Mason

    Something else important to consider (for the advanced user, admittedly) is that your FWG is basically running Ubuntu, and you can SSH in and audit the system to your heart's content with available linux tooling.

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