The problem with the traditional home router is that it just isn't powerful enough. Think of today's routers like cell phones from 10 years ago. They handle one or two core functions well, but don't have the ability or power for increased performance. You couldn't play Words With Friends or get turn by turn directions on those basic cell phones of the past. Sabai Technology's goal is to start the same kind of revolution at the network core that smartphones brought to mobile.
JaiRo will move the router from a closed, embedded platform, to a fluid, open-source, powerful computing platform. JaiRo is the future of home and small business networking.
JaiRo is an amazing router platform and is special for several reasons:
First, JaiRo is a platform, not just a hardware unit. The software will be released under an open source license and is based on Ubuntu Linux Server, meaning it will work on many different x86 (computer grade) hardware structures.
Secondly, JaiRo is modular. The open source community will have the opportunity to develop networking modules for phone servers, IP camera streaming, media servers, and more on a platform that will actually support that functionality at the heart of the network. The extensibility opportunity is amazing and until now a unified development platform just hasn't existed.
Finally, JaiRo brings a new level of usability to networking. Projects like setting up a file server are daunting for many users, so it just doesn't get done. JaiRo is a platform which allows a packaged solution, like file serving, to be installed with one click, just like you would an app on your smartphone. JaiRo has the ability to put power and understanding at the users fingertips.
Kickstarter funds will go toward increasing the speed of development, as well as building and growing the online community for developers. Sabai expects to release an alpha version of the software for the developer community late this fall. Beta will be released in early 2014, with a full Version One release in late 2014.
Why Sabai Technology?
Sabai Technology has developed a reputation for excellence. The company's flagship product is a MIPS router firmware with advanced VPN functionality. In 2012, Sabai launched it's first x86 product, the VPN Accelerator.
The VPN Accelerator is Sabai Technology's most successful product launch to date, selling over 200 units in the first two weeks. Sabai looks to expand this success and bring the power of x86 to every household, not just those interested in VPN.
Check out information about current Sabai products on Sabai's website, read customer reviews below, or watch this quick product overview of Sabai OS for MIPS:
Because the JaiRo project is software, it moves beyond the traditional MIPS router hardware and will be running on Intel/AMD style x86 64-bit capable processor platforms. Sabai Technology is working with manufacturers to ensure that hardware options are available for purchase by the time a consumer-ready product is complete.
Several reward levels include hardware units that will work well as developer hardware. Recommended minimum specs for a JaiRo development hardware unit are:
Intel dual core Atom or equivalent AMD, 2 GB RAM, Dual GB Ethernet (WAN/LAN), 32 GB SSD drive, Master Mode capable wireless N card/Antenna, USB/Video ports for keyboard/monitor use during development.
Of course, you could "pimp this ride" and run any more powerful specs that you'd like.
"Jai" means "heart" in Thai and is used in common expressions of emotion like "dee jai" for happy and "jai yen" for calm. The seeds for Sabai where sown in Thailand where founder William Haynes and family lived for four years while building an international school. It was in Thailand that William first started modifying routers and where the name Sabai comes from, as well. (Sabai Sabai is an expression meaning a sense of peace and tranquility.)
Sabai believes the network core can be a central hub for all of your families online activities and a place to store and access your digital media, home automation, privacy settings, and more.
"Ro" is simply short for router. As advanced as JaiRo devices will be, they are still just a fantastic router. So together, JaiRo means "heart router" - because JaiRo will become the heart of your home network.
What Current Sabai Customers Have to Say About Products Old and New:
Larry, Sabai customer since 2011 about JaiRo:
"I am very excited to hear of Sabai Technology's new endeavor called JaiRo. This is a major new step in Sabai's ongoing efforts to make networking simple efficient and flexible for those of us without technical degrees who just want to use the Internet and all of its vast resources more effectively and with less buttons, switches, wires, boxes, etc. Through this new initiative we will finally be able to have a single device with a single uniform interface that just works and allows us to choose which pieces we need. Wireless, telephone, storage, VPN, acceleration, etc., etc. will all become more "friendly" and usable. Access will be through a unified interface and I will be able to pay only for the pieces I want and need. This is quite revolutionary in concept and will be carried out by a company with a proven track record of customer focus and support. With over 45 years in Information Systems and networking I have never encountered customer service and support at the level to which Sabai takes it. This new product makes your experience even better and ready for whatever comes next."
Laufik, customer since 2013 about N66U featuring Sabai OS:
"It just works! Very easy to setup, very stable when running. It just works, can't ask for much more!"
Vladimir, customer since 2012 about his most recent purchase:
"Great router, unequal service, and software. This router is my third Sabai VPN Router that I have in my house. I like the design but how fast makes the connection is the real strength of it. Thanks again for a superb product with unequal service and software."
Keith, customer since 2013 about his VPN Accelerator and Sabai OS router:
"After discovering the dual-gateway and port-forwarding features of SabaiOS v.5 within a single router plus the VPNA offering, it gave me the perception that this company knows the marketplace gaps and its target customer.
Setup of my E4200/VPNA bundle was straightforward. Static IP, dual gateway and port-forwarding features worked as described with one peculiarity: it appears that by setting up the VPNA as your VPN gateway, the VPNA acts as an independent third gateway but the current router OS does not support port-forwarding for devices assigned to that gateway. I look forward to a future OS upgrade.
Previously my internet speeds rarely approached ~7Mbps (download)/~1Mbps (Upload) thorough my DD-WRT-flashed WRT610N on a 15/2 service. Over the past two months using the E4200/VPNA bundle, speeds ranged consistently between ~11-14/~1-1.5.
I have not had any router or VPNA lockups but have restarted both a few times successfully after tweaking the configuration."
Risks and challenges
The success of this Kickstarter campaign and the speed of development are directly correlated. At this moment, Sabai developers have a great start on the software, but, more work needs to be done before the JaiRo framework is ready for open source development.
Once the project framework is completed, and community development has begun, the growth should be exponential.
Also, our goal long-term is to have an easy, out of the box, reasonably priced solution for everyone... not just the network specialists. We're developing a great platform for the specialists but also one so simple, a non-techy can setup and add advanced features. Thanks for the question!
DD-WRT is primarily designed to be used on your consumer grade router as an embedded operating system, running a lightweight version of linux. These types of routers suffer greatly from the limited hardware secs they have. As a result you can only do a few basic networking task on these devices before you run out of hardware resources. DD-WRT is offering a x86 version now, but it is still limited as some of features of DD-WRT have yet to be made to work in an x86 environment. One example is the Itsy Package Management System and USB support which is crucial to adding features to your router.
JaiRo on the other hand is a full Linux server that is built to run on x86. Anything you can do with your normal Linux server you will be able to do as it is a completely open system. Because of the way JaiRo is designed, if you need more power, all you need to do is upgrade the box the way you do a PC. Add more ram, faster CPU, more hard drive space, etc. You are no longer bound to limitations of hardware in the way you are with traditional routers.
Last but not least JaiRo is doing things a little different. You no longer have to be a network guru to setup your own VPN server or complex things like vLans. We are putting all the hard work in the backend you you can just make it do what you want.
Let's go alpha! In addition to our humble thanks and email updates on product developments, become a member of Team Alpha and be among the first to receive a download of the alpha release of the software. We will also give you access to a private bloopers reel of our JaiRo video, which is pretty hilarious.
You are on Team Alpha and you get to sport a sweet JaiRo Kickstarter t-shirt designed especially for our backers. The swag keeps coming with the alpha release on a branded USB drive, the sticker, the Thank You page mention, bloopers reel, and product updates.
The ONLY thing cooler than a JaiRo backer t-shirt is a JaiRo backer hoodie. That is how the Alpha Team rolls at the $75 level. You get the branded USB drive, sticker, Thank You page mention, bloopers reel, product email updates and a hoodie!
It just keeps getting better! Not only are you getting the alpha version of JaiRo on the USB drive, the shirt or hoodie (your choice), the sticker, access to bloopers, a big Thank You page shout out, and product email updates but you ALSO get first dibs on downloading the beta version as soon as it is released. Be among the first to have the next generation of network flexibility!
Old meets new! At this level, you will receive alpha on a branded USB drive, a shirt or hoodie (your choice), the sticker, access to bloopers, a mention on the Thank You page and our current top of the line product - an RT-N66U VPN Router featuring Sabai OSv5.
Get Developing! Dig into the alpha software on our baseline developer unit. Powered by an Intel Atom 64-bit processor with 2 GB of RAM and 2 on-board GB Ethernet ports (WAN/LAN) and a 32 GB SSD drive with our Alpha version installed. You also get a shirt, sticker, Thank You page recognition, product email updates and blooper reel access at this level. This level has first access to alpha, beta and full releases.
Support the software development project and dig in to some power! Not only are you privy to early access alpha, beta, and release versions of JaiRo, but you get the next level of hardware to run it on. We'll ship you a Aaeon dual core Atom system with 4 GB RAM, 64 GB SSD, with N Wireless and a minimum of 6 GB Ethernet ports (1 WAN, 5 LAN). You also get a shirt or hoodie (your choice), USB drives at all three stages, sticker, Thank You page recognition, updates, and blooper reel access.
G1G1! Get one, Give one! As a huge supporter of this software project, you are not only eligible for the dual core Atom system with 4 GB RAM, 64 GB SSD, with N Wireless and a minimum of 6 GB Ethernet ports (1 WAN, 5 LAN) with Wireless N in a complete router type package to run JaiRo on, we'll also donate a second unit, in your honor, to a university or college for use in their computer science labs. You will also receive a plaque commemorating and acknowledging your support of the school along with a t-shirt or hoodie (your choice), stickers, USB drives, Thank You page recognition, product email updates and blooper reel access.
G1G2! My, my, you are a generous patron of technology! Get one, give two! You are not only receive a dual core Atom system with 4 GB RAM, 64 GB SSD, with N Wireless and a minimum of 6 GB Ethernet ports (1 WAN, 5 LAN) with Wireless N in a complete router type package to run JaiRo, we'll also donate TWO additional units, in your honor, to interested universities for use in their computer science labs. You will also receive a plaque commemorating and acknowledging your support of the school along with a t-shirt AND hoodie, stickers, USB drives, Thank You page recognition, product email updates and blooper reel access.
Vegas baby! Come help us share this project with the world at CES (Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas)! You will receive two badges for CES 2014, as part of the Sabai Team, and receive a pre-release or beta hardware unit signed by our team. We will also coordinate a meal with you and William Haynes, Sabai Technology Founder/CEO while we're in Vegas. You will be a crucial part of the world-wide release of this product and will be showered with all the swag we can find, including the t-shirt, a JaiRo knit shirt that you can wear at CES, stickers and plenty more! (You will be responsible for your own travel and lodging.)
As a patron of the JaiRo project, you'll get a Sabai Technology JaiRo router for display in a handcrafted wooden casing, signed by the Sabai Technology staff and numbered as one of the first official Sabai Technology JaiRo units. We will also send you one of the first standard Sabai Technology production units using the JaiRo platform for your personal use. In addition, you will be sponsoring four scholarship developer units. These lucky developers will be chosen for their ability to add value to the JaiRo project. You will receive a note each time one of the units is sent to a recipient, along with a plaque expressing our appreciation for your support. You will be a crucial part of the world-wide development of this product and will be showered with all the swag we can find, including the t-shirt, a JaiRo knit shirt, stickers and any other swag that we can think of.