Turris MOX - A Modular and Open Source Router is Being Crowdfunded
The goal of the campaign is to create a modular router. The team behind the project knows that not everyone needs a powerful, high-end router. They want to give users the ability to put together a custom router that meets their needs. According to the Indiegogo page, the Turris MOX is “Probably the first router configurable as easily as a sandwich. Choose the parts you actually want.”
The Turris MOX router is powered by Turris OS, which is based on OpenWrt 18.5. It will make use of the 4.14 Long Term Support kernel. The Turris team added an automatic update system that allows them to actively update the software to defeat new cyber threats. They use LXC containers for visualization.
The software also has several features that most other router software doesn’t have, such as an OpenVPN server, an ssh honeypot, a parental control tool, and an internet access measuring tool among others.
The majority of routers available on Amazon or in shops are proprietary. Most of the time they are fairly bare bones and aren’t cheap. One of the main things that I like about the Turris MOX is that it is open-source. It makes it much easier to write drivers. I have read horror stories about trying to write open source drivers for proprietary hardware. (I’m glad that not one of my jobs.) Currently, CZ.NIC is working to get MOX hardware support in the mainline kernel.
I also like the fact that MOX can be modified to meet your needs. You can start out basic and add modules as you need them. In the long run, you are only paying for features that you need.
|A Modular and Open Source Router is Being Crowdfunded
A company from the Czech Republic is trying to raise money to bring a modular and open source router to the public. It has a number of features that can’t be found in the current line up of routers available for purchase.