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VoCore2 is a $12 Linux computer that’s also a Wi-Fi router


Raspberry Pi has achieved a lot of success with its tinkerer-friendly boards, and now there’s a new player in town. VoCore2 is an open-source Linux computer that’s smaller than the size of a coin. There’s a Lite version that will retail for just $4, and a full-fledged VoCore2 for $12 offers a fully-functional Wi-Fi router that also serves as a VPN gateway, or even an AirPlay receiver.

The VoCore2 runs on OpenWrt/LEDE, making it easier to function as a wireless router. It offers 300Mbps Wi-Fi, an Ethernet port, USB 2.0 host, UART, SD card slot, SPI, I2C, and 40+ GPIOs, all in a form factor that’s just one square inch.

VoCore2 Lite offers a MediaTek MT7688AN SoC clocked at 580MHz, 64MB of DDR2 RAM, 8MB of storage, and an antenna slot for Wi-Fi. VoCore2 features the same SoC, but doubles the RAM to 128GB DDR2, and storage to 16MB. There’s also a built-in antenna for 300Mbps Wi-Fi, and even PCIe 1.1.

The devices consume just 74mA power when idle, and 230mA when going full throttle. If you’re interested, you can pledge to get your VoCore2 from Indiegogo. Deliveries are estimated to go out from January 2017.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda is an avid reader of science-fiction novels. A long-time Arsenal fan, his other interests include gaming, basketball and making music. He also likes tinkering with hardware in his free time.

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