“WiReboot” Makes it Easier for Everyone to Stay Connect to their Internet
Internet is no longer a luxury, for most of us it is a necessity to carry on with our everyday lives, in work, communication with friends and family, and even our homes are running off of the internet for everything from the TV to the lights. Even more important is when we are out of town. Many of us rely on our Nest or Dropcam to watch our home… But with a dropped Wi-Fi connection and no one there to reboot it, we lose all connection and security. So why is it that we can never rely on our internet connection. While W-Fi works a majority of the time, when it doesn’t, it causes a major inconvenience. I wondered so often that there must be a better way…
But before we can manufacturer the product we wanted to bring this to you first in the first ever “WiReboot” Crowdfunding Page! We are so happy you have made your way here today and we cannot wait to share with you our mission and hope that you are as excited as we are to embark on this new journey. Our goal is to provide seamless Wi-Fi to everyone.
What is WiReboot?
Good question, we are glad you asked!
WiReboot is a device that consistently monitor your WiFi connection, and power cycle the router if there is a problem.
WiReboot is a must have for always on, connected home.
WiReboot have a wide range of operating voltage (5V-12V), it is compatible with more than 95% of the routers in the market. Update(July 18th): We are working on improved design. (5V-20V, 5A)
Why WiReboot?If you need Wi-Fi connection all the time, you need WiReboot.
A Wi-Fi network needs a cycled reboot(reset) on a regular basis, or you will experience problem such as slow or dropped Wi-Fi connection.
Router is just like your computer, many reasons can cause the router slow or stop working, it could be too hot, buggy software, zombie connections, too much load(too many connections).
If you close to your router, it is fine, you can reboot yourself. What if you are away and your Wi-Fi stop working?
We have so many Wi-Fi devices at home now, DropCam, Nest, Wi-Fi door lock,Wi-Fi garage opener. Wi-Fi sensors, etc. When your Wi-Fi is not working, none of them work.
This is exactly what happened to me when I went to Florida in March 2014, my home Wi-Fi is down, and my Nest was in away mode! I came back home freezing! (In Canada, March is still very cold and snow often.)
WiReboot is a device that check Wi-Fi connection all the time, and reboot(power reset) your router automatically if there is a problem.
WiReboot is more than just reboot:
- Freedom. WiReboot is an open source project, you can modify the source code according to your need.
- Remote reboot, power on/off many different devices, wake up your computer using WOL, power on/off 110V-220V home appliance using 433 add-on
- WiReboot as an IoT platform, the core of WiReboot is ESP8266 WiFi SoC, and it is Arduino and NodeMCU compatible
- Add-on modules for WiReboot, currently available ones: temperature, humidity, light, 433 transmitter.
- Expandable, able to add GSM remote reboot, reboot multiple devices in the future
- Access to secure cloud, WiReboot can be accessed using just a web browser, on desktops, laptops, tablets or mobile phones.
WiReboot add-on modules:
- Temperature module can monitor room temperature, send you email/alert if overheating.
- Humidity module will help you prevent water damage
- Light module let you know the basement light is still on at night.
- 433 transmitter can control other 315/433 devices, such as the remote control power outlet.
- BlueTooth module, connect to other BlueTooth devices.
Inside picture of the WiReboot:
WiReboot with DC Adapter cables:
WiReboot with Router:
Temperature, humidity sensor testing:
Prototype with sensor add-on:
With 433 remote prototype
Current firmware is written in Lua (NodeMCU), Basic Arduino version will be available soon.
We have secure cloud build on top of Google App Engine. You can use it to access sensor data.
The goal of this campaign is to reach like-minded people for collaboration, raise money in exchange for early access and rewards, and we also want to spread the word. The more people we can get using “WiFi Reboot” the more functional and successful it will be. So this campaign will give you the basics on our efforts and progress. Beyond that we encourage you to ask us questions, donate and get involved. We developed “WiFi Reboot” for your benefit, so enjoy!
How You Can Help!
The “WiReboot” needs pledging but above all it needs your attention and interest! If you love this product as much as we do then please help us spread the word and get things started!
We also have some really awesome rewards.
Don’t need anything? It’s ok we understand! We have a perk for that too, for the people that just want to help this come to life, and we thank you, we need you too!
Your generous funding will help us get things started in order to realize our concept. It will assist us with the cost of further development, manufacturing and production. More importantly you get the chance to be one of the first users of the “WiReboot”. We will also use our funding to test our concept to make it better. We are committed to continuous improvement so we are always giving people the best possible solutions.
Spread the word
You can contribute your popularity by telling your friends and family about this campaign. The success of this campaign is directly correlated with the number of people who view this page. If you can increase that number, you are making a tangible contribution to the mission.
We feel so grateful to everyone who has taken the time to read out campaign and for those who contributed what they could to make a difference and helping us spread the word. We have spent the last few months working hard to bring our vision to life in this campaign and it was worth every minute thanks to all our generous supporters. Please know your efforts, even the smallest, don’t go unnoticed. We will continue to keep you posted on what your donation helped us achieve. You are part of our “WiFi Reboot” family.
Risks and challenges
We have taken the time to get nearly everything in place before launching this campaign. We took the risk up front by delaying the launch of this campaign until we believed it was ready, to lessen the risk to our backers. We have a great team in place so we don't predict many obstacles here. But there is always the unknown. But we will face every obstacle with the same tenacity and perseverance that we have from the start.
We went through different prototypes and it is in testing stage for many months, the risk is low.
A significant portion of the software has been developed, many pieces need to be polished though.
We have more experience on production after successful deliver rewards to backers in other kickstarter projects.
The boards will be sent in air-bubble-mailed via HongKong Post Airmail. This is the most cost efficient way of distributing them. However, it is possible for some packets to not arrive to its destination. If there is a lost or damaged packet, I will be happy to replace them.
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