BRCK

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Name
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BRCK
Tool Class
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WiFi Hotspot, Internet Access
Developer
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Ushahidi
Date Created
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2013/05
Still Maintained?
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Yes
Open Source?
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Platforms
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Other
Website
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http://brck.com
Payment Structure
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purchase
Languages Supported
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English
Skill Level Needed
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  • Advanced - The tool requires advanced knowledge or training in order to use most of its functionality.
Beginner

Tool Description

BRCK is a rugged, self-powered, mobile WiFi device which connects people and things to the internet in areas of the world with poor infrastructure.

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While BRCK itself is relatively inexpensive and available for purchase $259 (as of 9/2016), the user must also purchase a SIM card or other means to get online.

Features:

  • SIM card slot
  • Tough design to allow for "drops, dust and weather resistance, and dirty voltage charging."
  • 8 hour battery so that the internet continues to operate if the power is interrupted, with various low-power states.
  • Expandable platform - an open API, Arduino-compatible GPIO port, so the BRCK can form the basis for another tool.
  • Cloud-based Storage
  • 4 GB of onboard storage (Factory Upgradable to 32GB)
  • Power Efficient Atheros 400 MHz Processor

Full BRCK specs are available here.

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(Brick's cloud management tool.)

What Makes This Tool Different from Others in its Class?

Few WiFi hotspots are designed for difficult, low-infrastructure environments.

Links to Tutorial Content

Projects that use this tool