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PirateBox DIY

PirateBox DIY

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PirateBox DIY
This page provides detailed instructions for how to build your own
. The newest version (0.3-3) of PirateBox nowincludes a shoutbox interface for anonymous chat communications. It has now been configured to run on many devices, including plugcomputers, wireless routers, laptops, mobile phones, and more!
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1 Overview2 DIY Tutorials2.1 PirateBox Forum2.2 PirateBox Logo/Stickers3 DIY Tutorial 13.1 Install PirateBox on an OpenWrt Wireless Router 4 DIY Tutorial 24.1 Install PirateBox on a Plug Computer 5 DIY Tutorial 35.1 Install PirateBox on a Laptop6 DIY Tutorial 46.1 Install PirateBox on a Mobile Phone7 Twitter Feed
is a self-contained mobile communication and file sharing device. Inspired by pirate radio and the free culture movement,PirateBox utilizes Free, Libre and Open Source software (FLOSS) to create mobile wireless file sharing networks where users cananonymously chat and share images, video, audio, documents, and other digital content.ThePirateBoxcan be built using a number of different configurations depending upon your needs and budget. The basic system consists of a lightweight web server connected to a wireless device. When users join thePirateBoxwireless network and open a web browser, they areautomatically redirected to thePirateBoxwelcome page. They can then begin uploading or downloading files.
DIY Tutorials
PirateBoxcontinues to evolve based on community feedback and initiatives. The following tutorials are updated regularly as improvementsare made. While most of the tutorials are written for specific equipment, they can easily be adapted to suit your needs.
PirateBox Forum
Please post your questions, discoveries, ideas, and solutions in the
PirateBox Forum
PirateBox Logo/Stickers
You can download a higher quality PirateBox logo .png file fromhere. And/or you can order PirateBox stickers fromzazzle.
DIY Tutorial 1
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Install PirateBox on an OpenWrt Wireless Router 
PirateBox Case for Buffalo RouterPirateBox Components (Detail)PirateBox Case for Buffalo RouterModding the Case for Buffalo Route
Thanks to the intrepidChristiane Ruetten, it is now possible to run PirateBox directly on anOpenWrtrouter. This approach eliminates the need for an attached computer. This tutorial is written specifically for installingPirateBoxon the Buffalo WZR-HP-G300NH wirelessrouter. However, with minor modifications, it is also possible to installPirateBoxon a number of other wireless routers capable of supportingtheOpenWrtLinux firmware.
Please note
that the chat feature is not currently supported on this version of PirateBox. Also, some peopleare reporting problems installing the mkPirateBox package on newer versions of the Buffalo WZR-HP-G300NH. See these forum posts (1,2,3) for more info. Please visit the
PirateBox_DIY_OpenWrt page
for specific details.
DIY Tutorial 2
Install PirateBox on a Plug Computer 
This tutorial outlines how to install PirateBox directly on a plug computer. It focuses specifically on a Seagate Dockstar or Pogoplug (v2 -the grey and pink ones) plug computer and assumes that it will be connected to a wireless router running DD-WRT firmware.Please visit the
PirateBox_DIY_Plug_Computer page
for specific details.
DIY Tutorial 3
Install PirateBox on a Laptop
PirateBox LaptopPirateBox at the Apple StorePirateBox@ Bookcamp Kosmopolis 2011
It is now possible to installPirateBoxdirectly on a laptop computer. There are two basic configurations. The first is a stand-alone approachwhich utilizes the wireless card of your laptop to establish an open ad-hoc wireless PirateBox network. This approach is appropriate for laptops that are equipped with wireless cards that support ad-hoc networking.Visit
Matthias Strubel's site
for scripts and an installation guide to run PirateBox on a Linux computer.The second approach involves connecting your laptop to a wireless router running DD-WRT or OpenWrt Linux firmware (see tutorial belowfor details on configuring a DD-WRT wireless router). See the
PirateBoxLaptop_DIY page
and this
PirateBox Forum thread
for moreinfo.
DIY Tutorial 4
Install PirateBox on a Mobile Phone
PirateBox Android TabletPirateBox on Nexus One
Initiatives are also underway to run PirateBox on AndroidandNokia/Maemomobile devices. Check out the
PirateBox Forum
fomore info.Visit pspuunderground's
Roll Your Own PirateBox! PirateBoxMobile Tutorial
on thexda-developers forumfor specific detailsabout running PirateBox on Android.
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