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Community Networks have been depending since their inception on modifying existing off-the-shelf routers to adapt them to their particular needs.
Software development originated in Community Network groups and the Free Software movement as a whole, has pushed the barrier of innovation and helped comercial enterprises develop new products over the years.

This virtuous relation between hardware vendors and the community has been threatened by new regulation from the Federal Communitations Commision (FCC) – U.S.A. – which has led vendors to globally close up their routers to third party modifications, hindering open innovation and effectively closing the door to Community Networks in terms of access to the hardware they depend on.

The Libre Router project will design and produce a high performance multi-radio wireless router targeted at Community Networks needs. Global South reality and that of Latin America in particular will be specially considered in terms of cost and legal viability.

10/01/2018

Layout v1

This is the final version that Dragino sent to us on December 2017

The first prototype is based on this Layout

(The file has a .brd extension, created with Allegro software)

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29/12/2017

Schematic v1

This is the “final” version that Dragino sent to us on October 2017

The first prototype is based on this Schematic

(The first draft of the Schematic was done back in April, which was internally circulated, revised, and modified, and after at least 4 such iterations, this final document was approved and used to produce the first prototype)

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20/09/2017

Specifications Sheet v6

Final version sent to Dragino, on 15 March 2017.

Changelog since v5

  • AR9558 instead of AR9344
  • added “MPP header”
  • added a “signal lines header” (Ant_A, Ant_B, GND for Elektra’s component)
  • added 3 external antenna connectors for 2.4ghz.

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