The BRCK is a rugged, self-powered, mobile WiFi device that provides internet connectivity in areas of the world with poor infrastructure. With a data enabled SIM card, existing wifi or ethernet cord or with the BRCK vMNO, the BRCK provides a shareable wifi signal for up to 20 devices. BRCK can operate in over 140 countries. The BRCK includes a GSM antenna port for long range signal receiving, internal memory storage and a built in battery with an eight (8) hour life so that internet remains even when power does not.
The BRCK is a software infused device. The BRCK includes a cloud-based system, called Moja that syncs your BRCK with current data from cellular providers in your country. This backend provides a dashboard of metrics to monitor your connectivity and devices over time, and a way to install new services like VPN, Dropbox or any other app that a user might create.
BRCK is based in Nairobi, Kenya.
BRCK is based in Kenya, but has an international reach. Specific regions of the world where the BRCK has been distributed were not shared by BRCK.
BRCK was the sole distributor.
Goal 16: Specifically “access to information” is the most applicable goal, however availability of information can promote all of the SDGs.
Businesses, schools, government, corporations, non-profits, etc.
The BRCK was manufactured in Kenya by BRCK Limited. The BRCK is no longer in production.
Users may purchase the Kio Kit or the next generation of BRCK: SupaBRCK.
As of August 2016, thousands of BRCKs have been distributed. interview with representative
BRCKs internal enterprise-level 802.11 b/g/n router with a 10/100Mbps WAN/LAN Port can be shared with up to 20 devices.
Overview: 8 Hour battery backup, 16 GB harddrive, 8 GPIO pins to connect sensors, Software infused allows for apps, remote management, and data collection, Documented API.
Dimensions: 132mm (5.18 inches) by 72mm (2.82 inches) by 45mm (1.77 inches) Weight: 510g (1.125)
Features: Ruggedized body handles drops, dust, and weather Extended battery life in 5 different low power states 4 GB of onboard storage (Factory Upgradable to 32GB) Power Efficient Atheros 400 MHz Processor
Network: 802.11 b/g/n Wireless 10/100Mbps WAN/LAN Port Wifi Bridge and Client modes WPA/WPA2 PSK, WPA Enterprise, and WEP Encryption DHCP, NAT, DMZ, Port Forwarding, and Access Control OpenVPN Client/Server NFS/FTP Network Attached Storage Auto Network Failover
For more details, visit BRCK’s technical specifications page
Exact lifecycle was not shared by BRCK. The BRCK was designed to withstand harsh environments, which is advertised to extend the lifecycle of the product.
The BRCK has a 90 day warranty.
The BRCK has been through third party testing and vetting, but details were not shared.
Be sure to follow proper installation and control guidelines.
Digital media viewing or web browsing technology is required, such as a computer, smartphone or tablet.
Type of telecommunication service provided (Mobile Internet, Fixed Internet, Satellite service, other)
Service needed for the product to work (Mobile data, SMS, voice, satellite, other)
(Smartphone, feature phone, computer, tablet, other (specify), none)
Is a fixed connection needed for the product to work?
Max number of connected devices at the same time.
(Uninterrupted prower supply (UPS), ocassional power supply [minimum time required], other)
Average jitter and packet loss to download/upload information
Network connectivity, education, behavior change, other
BRCK has stated their compliance with Open Source Regulations.
BRCK has shifted their efforts toward the SupaBRCK, Moja, PicoBRCK and the Kio Kit. The SupaBRCK is the next generation BRCK, Moja is a content delivery network built on BRCK, PicoBRCK connects physical sensors and devices to the internet and the Kio Kit is a digital education solution.
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