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A router with a touch interface?

asked 2015-02-27 19:40:35 +0200

vattuvarg gravatar image

updated 2016-07-31 13:18:16 +0200

The Jolla phone already has good router functionality. With possibly only minor additions it could become an even better internet-sharing device.


My home router broke down last week and has now been replaced. My Jolla phone took care of business until the new router could be installed. The Jolla phone had a more stable connection and faster throughput while using less energy than the dedicated routers.


It would be nice to have an unlike router user interface to transform the tethering function into a much more interactive internet-sharing experience. Obviously this would only be a 3G/LTE solution. Even with that limitation there could be some useful things that could be done.

Imagine a home router with serious processing power and a touchscreen interface.


The Jolla C has arrived. The Jolla 1 is a faster wireless router than my current one. Experimenting has already started.

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Bright future for a device especially after it gets outdated one day :) How's the amount of devices that can be connected at the same time? Any lag/jitter? Max download/upload, if the mobile network doesn't set the limit lower? (They're getting fast in time)

simo ( 2015-02-27 19:48:30 +0200 )edit

Not to forget IP filtering. Think of all the possibilities, e.g. utilising acoustic feedback on an intrusion attempt or alike. And after all it is a splendid idea to 'recycle' yor J1 after having purchased the next. Another aspect of being environmentally sustainable.

lakutalo ( 2015-02-27 19:59:19 +0200 )edit

Adding the idea that the router software could show a QR-code for the wifi key.

vattuvarg ( 2015-08-06 20:37:15 +0200 )edit

Acoustic feedback is awesome idea! Imagine browsing the web and you hear "Router settings have been changed!" Wtf! Who changed them? Or "DOS attack ongoing!" "Remote login attempt failed!

alloj ( 2016-06-07 17:44:03 +0200 )edit

But is it functioning now as router or bridge i know not. Maybe router functionality is unachievable?

alloj ( 2016-06-07 17:48:39 +0200 )edit

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answered 2016-06-06 19:51:01 +0200

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updated 2016-06-06 19:53:23 +0200

Wall mounting TOH

It would be nice to have a powered TOH that adds an air gap for cooling and a way of mounting to a wall. A "passepartout" that saves the wall from finger grease would be a good addition to the design.

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answered 2016-07-28 11:01:05 +0200

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updated 2016-07-31 14:22:18 +0200

Alternative solution

Not a touch interface, but have you heard about Turris Omnia? OpenSource and OpenHardware, extensible (in theory you could attach touch screen via I2C or SPI) and it should have some Android app for remote control/monitoring. But old Turris had Qt desktop application to do something like that so in theory it shouldn't be hard to port it to Jolla.

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Will check it out when I get home.

vattuvarg ( 2016-07-28 13:15:34 +0200 )edit

I have used a desktop linux machine in that way. A good idea. :)

vattuvarg ( 2016-07-31 13:20:01 +0200 )edit

The phone has good router functionality and the Jolla 1 also offers a faster wireless router.

roym ( 2018-07-24 06:41:16 +0200 )edit

answered 2016-07-27 21:31:45 +0200

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Traffic countdown

Just measuring the amount of network packages is not enough. Most mobile connections have limits. ...amounts to be counted down.

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Countdown would be useful in the Sailfish OS base system too.

vattuvarg ( 2016-07-28 13:20:32 +0200 )edit

answered 2016-07-28 10:42:21 +0200

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updated 2016-07-28 13:24:10 +0200

Configurable events - intrusion detection

Let device launch programmable actions on configured events, e.g. intrusion attempts.

Actions could be: emit optic and acoustic warnings, send message (email, sms, xmpp, etc.)

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SMS or XMPP too?

vattuvarg ( 2016-07-28 13:17:05 +0200 )edit

Why, sure!

lakutalo ( 2016-07-28 13:25:03 +0200 )edit

answered 2016-07-31 13:25:55 +0200

vattuvarg gravatar image

Internal web page

A good thing would be an internal web page for statistics, etc. The router could display this on the phone display but sometimes that display isn't visible from the current surfing location. Settings would be done with the physical hardware to improve security and also to simplify the implementation of the internal web server.

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  • Upload/download files
  • List of active connections
  • Remaining traffic amount
  • QR or Datamatrix barcode for passphrase
vattuvarg ( 2018-07-24 12:36:13 +0200 )edit

answered 2018-06-10 00:11:40 +0200

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PuzzleIoT Hardware

PuzzlePhone has presented a device that would be a smartphone without a screen, more or less. Normally a puzzlephone would have three parts - brain, heart and spine - but this thingy replaces the spine (the touchscreen) with a unit that holds the brain and spine and gives additional features.

I still hope for a PuzzlePhone with a Sailfish OS Brain. Such a brain could also be useful in a modular router. The OS would be more than adequate for that purpose.

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I wouldn't trust a router running android...

vattuvarg ( 2019-10-23 16:30:01 +0200 )edit
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