Meet BRCK - the rugged backup generator for the Internet

By on May 9, 2013, 6:00 PM

A non-profit tech outfit from Africa has taken to Kickstarter to help fund what they describe as a backup generator for the Internet. Ushahidi claims the versatile BRCK (pronounced 'brick') can provide you with an affordable, reliable connection to the web virtually anywhere – even if you don’t have a source of electricity. Sounds interesting enough, right?

The BRCK is essentially a rugged wireless router capable of connecting to the Internet via direct Ethernet connection, Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G. The GSM-enabled device is able to switch sources on-the-fly should one of your connections go bad. It’s connected to a global database of cellular data providers which makes connecting to a cellular network a breeze. Simply slot in a compatible SIM card for access.

As a Wi-Fi hotspot, the BRCK can play host to up to 20 different devices and in the event of a power outage, the unit will keep kicking for up to eight hours thanks to an internal battery.

Keep in mind of course that this isn’t some mystical, magical Internet box. You still need to be able to feed it an active Internet connection – it’s not just going to pull a connection out of the air if nothing is available.

As of writing, more than 400 backers have pledged over $63,000 towards the project’s goal of $125,000 with 26 days to go. A pledge of $200 is required to reserve version two of the BRCK as all of the first batch (priced at $150) have been spoken for. The first wave of devices is expected to ship by November 2013 with the second batch arriving in May 2014.

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1 person liked this | spydercanopus spydercanopus said:

Rather see a peer 2 peer router for wide-area internets

Guest said:

So it's a cellphone acting as a hotspot.....

1 person liked this | negroplasty negroplasty said:

So it's a cellphone acting as a hotspot.....

Your cell phone has an ethernet port? :P

psycros psycros said:

Not much use in the US with its pathetic data caps.

VitalyT VitalyT said:

I can't speak for Africa, but for the world that's in good pace with the technological progress, in which I live, this technology would have been viable 5 years ago, at best, but definitely not now.

Guest said:

Roaming fees = Crippled.

Why not put a crank handle on it?

tipstir tipstir, TS Ambassador, said:

They should tap into the SAT Phone System don't know why we're all on CELL Phone with limited Cell Towers. With the way cell phone drop calls and the data plan is outrageous pricing to use smart phone. Like $10 per smart phone then the data plan. Like $20 extra month.

This device 3G/4G WiFi Router hot point idea more on the go type also...

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