LibraryBox

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Logo
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Name
What is the name of the tool?
LibraryBox
Tool Class
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File Sharing
Developer
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Jason Griffey
Date Created
What was the date when the tool was first launched?
2012
Still Maintained?
Do the developers of the tool continue to work on it, adding features and fixing problems?
Yes
Open Source?
Is the tool's source code original source code freely available and may it be redistributed and modified? (This makes it possible for users to employ the tool for free, with some technical effort.)
Yes
Platforms
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Other
Website
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http://librarybox.us
Payment Structure
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free, purchase
Languages Supported
What languages does the app's interface support? Note: some apps allow users to communicate in other languages but require the user to use an English language interface. In this case, the app is considered only to support "English".
English
Skill Level Needed
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  • Beginner - The tool has a simple interface that assists the user, either through automatic processes or simple guides, in working with the tool. The user is able to do most things that they need to do without knowledge of advanced concepts, like code.
  • Intermediate - The tool allows the user to perform many tasks without knowledge of advanced concepts, but about an equal amount of functionality requires advanced knowledge. Some training may be required to use the tool.
  • Advanced - The tool requires advanced knowledge or training in order to use most of its functionality.
Advanced

Tool Description

LibraryBox is an Open Source File Sharing tool that allows people to share pictures, video, audio and text locally through the use of a wireless router. The tool comes in two versions - an open source software package that can be installed on certain routers (the TP-Link MR3040 is recommended) or users can purchase a pre-made Librarybox for $165 from the tool's website.

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LibraryBox Runs on a Small Router (in this case, a TP-Link MR3040)

LibraryBox v 2.1 can be used accessed by both computers and mobile devices. On laptop and desktop machines, the user is prompted to log into a captive portal. On mobile devices the experience is complicated slightly. Users with iOS devices will receive no log-in prompt, whereas Android devices will be directed to log into a network from a captive portal browser and must select "Use Network As Is" from the menu option. For all devices, the user must go to an non-https website (like CNN.com) to be redirected to the LibraryBox page - otherwise the user will

What Makes This Tool Different from Others in its Class?

LibraryBox, and like the sister tool PirateBox, runs locally on a mobile router. When running, the service is not connected to the Internet and users are interfacing only with the website and files stored on the router. This can be useful in low-connectivity environments when access to the Internet is slow or expensive. The service also provides a measure of security for sharing files because it is more difficult to monitor. The tool requires some technical understanding in order to use, especially for those building the application from the open source files (use of a Linux terminal is required for some stages in the install process.)

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The LibraryBox Operating System

Links to Tutorial Content

Projects that use this tool