PirateBox can be configured to run on many devices, including wireless routers, single-board computers, laptops, and mobile phones. Key hardware platforms include the TP-Link MR3020 and the Raspberry Pi both of which start at US$35.
OpenWrt with Mesh
Thanks to lead PirateBox developer Matthias Strubel PirateBox can now be configured to create wireless mesh networks using Alexandre Dulaunoy’s Forban. This feature is still in testing – for more info, check out this forum post.
Check out Cale Black’s Linux PirateBoxLive and Windows PirateBoxLive for tutorials outlining how to run PirateBox directly from a USB flash drive. These packages are based on Matthias Strubel’s amazing PirateBox installation scripts.
Please post your questions, discoveries, ideas, and solutions in the PirateBox Forum.