Frequently Asked Questions
Currently, the BRCK only supports standard-sized SIM cards. Our current design allows for very easy access to the SIM slot with a "push-push" mechanism similar to the way SD cards load into most cameras. We would not recommend using micro or nano SIM cards, or micro/nano SIMs with adapters, as they would likely jam in the slot.
We already seeing a lot of requests to support mini and micro SIM cards. We are actively looking into ways to do so.Last updated:
While exact geometry will likely change as we finalize the manufacturing process, we expect the final case to be about 5.5" x 2.75" x 1.5"Or 140 x70 x 40mm.Last updated:
There are a few advantages to working off of a BRCK vs tethering. The first is reception, the built in antenna on the BRCK performs better than more phone antennas, and there's always the option to plug in an even more powerful external antenna.
Secondly, battery life on a BRCK is much better than tethering from your phone. With over 8 hours of battery life, you won't have to keep it plugged into your laptop (sucking away your laptop’s battery).
BRCK has 16 gigs of onboard storage which provides you with a network drive wherever you are. You can even sync to a dropbox folder you share with the cloud. You can upload your report to said folder on your BRCK and walk away while it syncs with the cloud. This is great for situations where maybe several people on your team need to upload to a single folder. You can all drop to the same folder on the BRCK without a thumb drive or to mess with each other's computer.
Finally BRCK provides a better network experience. The wifi fills several rooms and allows you to share the wifi with up to 20 devices, so it can be your office's router that you can take with you.Last updated:
BRCK comes unlocked so you can use it on any GSM network, you just need to provide the SIM! It's Pentaband (so you can take advantage of 21mbps HSPA+ on your favorite GSM provider anywhere in the world.
Specifically we have designed the modem to be Tri Band (850/1900/2100 MHz UMTS) and Quad Band (850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM) compatible.Last updated:
GSM stands for Global System for Mobile Communications and is one of two major standards for cellular communication, the other being CDMA. Most cellular networks in the world are GSM, but in the USA, Japan, Korea, and a few other countries, there are also CDMA providers. Unfortunately, BRCK can't support CDMA networks. If you have questions, contact your cellular provider to see if BRCK will work on your network. If it's GSM, you're in good shape.Last updated:
We wanted to give people who don't need a BRCK right away, are willing to wait until a second batch, or miss all the first round, to still have the option to support us now, in our time of need.
If all goes well with the Kickstarter, we will produce roughly 2000 units in our first run of BRCKs. We will ask for feedback, iterate, improve our design, and then manufacture a second run of BRCKs. At this time we have no idea what BRCK v2 will look like, all we know is that it will be an improved version of BRCK v1.
We aim to deliver BRCK v2 within 12 months. By this time our units will be for sale online, but we commit to deliver all v2's purchased from Kickstarter first. You are essentially signing up for the first batch of BRCK v2s produced.
Your support now is hugely helpful for us in this early stage.Last updated:
Yes we do support IPv6 at the moment, as we see this as a requirement in the increasingly connected world.Last updated:
As some of you noticed, the $300 level description and image don't match (missing the bag in the image). This was our bad, the $300 level was not meant to include a bag, but only include what was shown in the image and in the title “BRCK and BRCK T-shirt and Crowdmap+ combo package.” This was our oversight, so of course we will honor everyone who has purchased the $300 level thus far (May 14th) with a bag. Apologies for the confusion!Last updated:
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