BRCK – Rugged mobile WIFI/cellular Internet modem/hotspot

  • Marcelo Reimer
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    BRCK is an interesting new product (coming soon) that could have great potential to serve people who work in and out of remote locations.

  • Marcelo Reimer
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    Post count: 4
    #146 |

    Reply by Rik Shaw

    I saw a reference to this a bit ago: it is a great idea and one that would work well in NE Africa. 3G USB Modems are the defacto standard for internet connectivity, and the integrated battery of the BRCK plus supporting 3G Modems (then distributing the signal to clients via wifi) would be an excellent option.
    I see they met their kickstarter funding goal, which means production should go ahead.

    Reply by Hank Scott
    This looks promising. GTIS Communication Systems is talking with BRCK about pledging to their Kickstarter project to receive a BRCK for further testing from their first production run. If we can get our hands on one (their target is Nov 2013 at this point) then we will share what we find out and whether this is a practical tool for folks (versus other common tools such as GSM modems).
    The nice thing about this product is that it combines a number of different components into one robust solution versus people having to put together a power supply, a GSM cell modem, a flash drive or share storage, a Wi-Fi solution, etc. Anyway we will check it out if we can get one and go from there.

    Reply by Hank Scott
    A few more details about the Brck:
    Specifications sheet: http://brck.com/specs/
    Blog post by Eric Hersman telling some more about their ideas for the Brck: http://whiteafrican.com/2013/05/06/building-the-brck-a-backup-gener… and how they would like it to be extensible as part of a set of building blocks that may include other components for additional power or a Raspberry Pi or other solution.
    Another blog post with more details as well: http://mulikamwizi.com/2013/06/05/5-things-you-need-to-know-about-t
    I would like to see Brck V2 (the proposed second version of the device, hoped for in 2014) include dual SIM card capability to make it easier to switch from one cell provider to another when one is busy/unavailable/out of range, etc. Sure wiht the single SIM card you can pop one SIM out and pop the other in, but it would be nice to have it more automated and just handle switching networks on its own when one gets too slow. The first version Brck is supposed to do that already between an Ethernet connection and cellular, so adding a second cell radio and SIM slot should be feasible. GILLBT in Ghana is doing something like that for their GSM Internet connection from two different cell providers and a firewall with GSM modems.

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