The makers of Turris Omnia router – powered by a Marvell ARMADA 385 processor and running Turris OS based on OpenWrt – have been working a new product: Turris MOX modular router which can be extended with mPCIe add-on cards for LTE, SFP cage, M.2 SSD, and so on.
They will soon launch an Indiegogo campaign for it, but in the meantimes, CZ.NIC association has a pre-campaign for a $69 MOX access point with dual band WiFI card, and intended for Turris Omnia users.
The full details are not available, although we can find out a little more through root.cz and the video embedded below.
The system is comprised of a basic MOX A module powered by a dual-core Armada 3720 processor coupled with 512 MB RAM, as well as USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, and an I/O expansion header with GPIO, SDIO, UART and I2C. There’s also an mPCIe port that can currently be used by one to three modules as needed:
- MOX B Extension Module for 5GHz WiFi card, SSD, or LTE modem
- MOX C Ethernet Module with 4GbE port (RJ45)
- MOX D SFP module to connect to fiber connection (FTTH)
Other modules will be developed depending on demand, and they are already planning an eight-port switch with four connectors on each side of the board, and PoE is also considered. The basic module is powered by a 12V/3A power supply which should be enough for several modules daisy chained.
It’s also interested to find out how they managed to manage the case modular as well, and you can add up to 3 modules through the mPCIe port exposed by each module due to the availability of 3 SERDES Lanes on Armada 3720 SoC.
MOX will run Turris OS, based on LEDE / OpenWrt, but other distributions like Debian may also be provided in the future, and boot from micro SD card.
Thanks to TLS for the tip.