Update May 30, 2014!
PirateBox 1.0 has been released and building or upgrading a PirateBox has never been easier! Please refer to this tutorial for instructions and more info. For support, be sure to visit the new PirateBox Forum.
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.