Design-in for FreeRTOS in crowd-funded home network access product

July 15, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
FreeRTOS is at the heart of the software in a low-cost, low-power home network remote access appliance from Nabto. The crowd-funded project was hosted on Indiegogo; in the design, FreeRTOS enables a self-contained VPN in a box running on a small, low-cost MCU.

The product comprises a small, low cost and self-contained hardware unit running FreeRTOS+Nabto, which allows users to securely access and control all their home network gadgets from anywhere. No configuration is necessary, the device simple connects to a home router

The Nabto-box uses FreeRTOS and the same peer-to-peer technology as Skype to enable all the gadgets on a home network to become part of a secure Internet of Things (IoT). Designed to offer a simple solution for all consumers, unlike other devices it does not use a dynamic IP service, does not require the consumer to pay a subscription, and does not require any cumbersome firewall or router port configuration. Users simply plug the Nabto-box into your a router to access, view the status of, control and stream data from their networked devices such as thermostats, alarm-systems, surveillance cameras, lawn irrigation systems and alarm systems, even when the devices don't include a remote connection option.

By using the light-weight, reliable open-source FreeRTOS real time operating system, Nabto has created a low-cost, low-power consumer product that offers a wide range of capabilities. FreeRTOS enables the box to run software that performs several advanced networking functions, including:

- Servicing an IP-stack with communication originating from both the local network and the internet, and securely passing packets between the two.

- Periodically contacting the cloud hosted base station, which is responsible for initiating peer to peer connections

- Ensuring all communication is encrypted

The Nabto box is an Indiegogo crowd funded project. Find out more and get involved at;