Internet-in-a-Box is software solution that can be implemented in a small, low-cost device to provide essential Internet resources without any Internet connection. It provides a local copy of a terabyte of the world’s Free information. It includes Wikipedia in 37 languages, a library of 40,000 e-books, most of the world’s open source software and source code, hundreds of hours of instructional videos, and world-wide mapping down to street level.
There are ongoing trial deployments in more than a dozen countries. This Open Source project is being developed by volunteers in southern California and around the world, and are currently seeking schools and communities worldwide who would benefit from this work.
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
Implementing organizations include several orphanages and schools in Haiti to a youth community in Malaysia, to villages in Northern India, to a girls science school in Rwanda, to rural communities and libraries across southwest Ghana, and more broad Central American deployments like Nicaragua, Costa Rica and 6 schools in the Dominican Republic beginning late 2015.
Internet-in-a-Box is free and open source software that runs on many different hardware platforms recommended in their FAQ site. Some of the suitable hardware are: Raspberry Pi 3 and the Raspberry Pi Zero W ($10 + parts): able to serve 32 students simultaneously, with built-in Wi-Fi. Provider strongly recommends the RPi 3, for DIY implementers building their 1st digital library to serve a classroom. For smaller kiosk scenarios serving just a few people consider the RPi Zero W. Refurbished "Windows" Laptops: Quality donated laptops can work well to install Internet-in-a-Box. External Wi-Fi router is usually required, making installation more complex than RPi and Mini PCs (whose internal Wi-Fi is generally capable of AP mode, so an external Wi-Fi router is not required in many/most spaces) Intel NUC: classic/desktop PCs are not recommended, as they consume far too much electricity. Low-power Mini PCs (such as the Intel NUC) have proven very effective as servers. Other Mini PC: MSI units, Zotac, Gigabyte BRIX (e.g. GB-BSI3H-6100).
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
Code is available for download in their GitHub site.
Distributions to Date Status
This product has been deployed in more than a dozen countries since 2014.
There is a wiki site with technical support and other materials for anyone interested in the solution.
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
Vetted Performance Status
Complementary Technical Systems
It is required to purchase simple hardware to run the solution in a certain location. Price for all required equipment range from US$70 to US$250. This solution does not include network infrastructure to access data and content within Internet-in-a-box solution nor end user terminals, which need to be available prior to deployment.
Academic Research and References
Compliance with regulations
Yes. All content available in Internet-in-a-box is open source and can be freely share everywhere.