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Turris Omnia – the perfect home router

Do you know what features should have the perfect home router? A lot of people think that OnHub routers from Google (news_1, news_2) are perfect and it is hard to disagree with this statement. In our opinion the most important feature is continuous software update. Unfortunately routers prepared by Google in cooperation with TP-Link and Asus companies are expensive. However it looks that we have great alternative called Turris Omnia.

This is an another very interesting project which collects money via Indiegogo portal. Currently over $341 000 is collected which is 341% of fixed goal 🙂 If you decide support the project then you will be able to get the device for $189 (the estimated retail price is $285, so you can save about 33%). What will you get for this price? Specification is interesting:

  • 1.6 GHz dual-core ARM CPU,
  • 1 GB DDR3 RAM,
  • 4 GB flash of internal storage,
  • 5x 1 Gbps LAN ports,
  • 1x 1 Gbps Ethernet WAN port,
  • SFP,
  • 2x USB 3.0 ports,
  • 2x mini PC Express slots,
  • 1x mSATA / mini PC Express slot,
  • 3×3 MIMO 802.11ac or  2×2 MIMO 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi using mini PCIe,
  • Mobile application for remote control,
  • Support for easy extension programming (e.g. RasPI),
  • Advanced network monitoring including parental control and IoT support,
  • Automatic updates.

Apart from that, Turris Omnia also has SIM card slot, RTC with battery backup, cryptography chip for secure random number generation, dimmable RGB LEDs, pin headers with GPIO, I²C, SPI and more. It also supports visualization! It means that you can run even Debian or Ubuntu on your router 🙂 To be honest you will be able to do anything what you want with this router, because operating system is based on OpenWrt (GNU/Linux based open source firmware for gateways and routers). I bet that you noticed that two fast USB 3.0 ports will be for your disposal, it means that you will able to use these ports for NAS (Network Attached Storage).

Do you know for what purpose you will have also SFP port? These ports are not popular in home routers, however they are common in business solutions. Thanks to this you will be able to connect fiber directly to your router, i.e. it supports FTTH (Fiber To The Home) solutions! Do you hate Internet connection breaks? You can your mobile data plan and use LTE USB or miniPCIe modem (this is the reason why they put SIM slot into the device) for backup connectivity.

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