Hello Backers! We are WAW Technologies and this is our inaugural Kickstarter campaign!
If you are like most individuals who have an interest in monitoring and analyzing network traffic, performing packet inspections, troubleshooting the network, capturing targeted data streams and protocols, converting communication protocols, etc. you are currently using PC hardware and a combination of different network equipment and applications to accomplish your goals. What if you could perform the same tasks and more using a small, Linux based appliance that is "plug-and-play", easy to carry around, and that does not require any changes in the network infrastructure?
WAW Technologies' team of IT security professionals worked hard to bring you a versatile, inline network appliance that observes network traffic and uses existing or custom created applications to manage the data for your specific needs.
What is LUNA?
The Little Universal Network Appliance (LUNA) project is the result of our experience working as professionals in the field of IT security and our research in the area of network security monitoring.
The idea behind LUNA was to create a small, inconspicuous device that could be installed inline with a network cable to help monitor, collect, process, filter or redirect data traffic. By combining our tiny hardware platform with Linux and open source network applications LUNA can do all these things and more.
When we first presented our commercial engineering prototype to potential customers quite a number of them wanted to know if they could use the device in their own projects and also where they could buy it. As a result, LUNA has been purposefully designed for professionals, hobbyists, and open-source enthusiasts. Depending on the desired functionality and user application(s), this intelligent network device can be configured as a dual gigabit interface appliance, or network switch with auxiliary gigabit port facing the CPU.
Are you familiar with Raspberry Pi or BeagleBone?
We at WAW Technologies have developed a device of comparable size geared towards networking applications, that features the following:
2 Gigabit network interfaces packaged in a tiny box that is capable of pass-through PoE (optionally PoE powered via add-on board)
- Capability to fully exercise built-in network switch in order to explore the network traffic passing through it without affecting it in terms of delay
serve as a gateway or bridge
for applications, such as:
- network flow sensor
- remote Wireshark sensor
- VoIP logger
- TOR gateway
- multiple control boxes on a single network wire
- small VPN gateway
- network traffic generator/analyzer, and
- a plethora of other open source applications (Note: Backers with Unix development skills are also encouraged to write their own software for LUNA and share it with the community via our corporate website.
Demos (see also Updates)
Please visit the Updates section for additional explanations and screenshots, where applicable. And do not forget to check back for additional demos!
This is the current list of demos available on the Updates page:
Demo #1 - Remote Wireshark Sensor: Use Wireshark with LUNA and RPCAP (Remote Packet Capture) to perform remote network data captures. It enables you to run a packet capture program on LUNA, which will help you sniff the network traffic sent over the wire and uplink the captured packets to another host (i.e., your Wireshark PC), where the captured packets can be processed, analyzed and/or archived .
Demo #2 - VoIP Call Logger/Recorder: VoIPmonitor is open source network packet sniffer which allows you to monitor and troubleshoot quality of SIP VoIP calls, archive all calls in CDR database, decode and play saved calls, etc.
Demo #3 - nDPI use case example (Open and Extensible LGPLv3 Deep Packet Inspection Library)
Demo #7 - Internet Time Keeper and Parental Control: DansGuardian gateway used to filter the actual content of pages based on many methods. Great addition to your home network to protect your children from unwanted content and to manage the time they are allowed to spend connected to the Internet using their own wireless or wired gadget(s). Please note that we will deliver this application to our backers upon reaching our campaign goal! (i.e., this in addition to the two they'll choose from all the other demos presented here - see below)
Demo #8 - Up and Running with Kali Linux and Friends: From the creators of BackTrack comes Kali Linux, the most advanced and versatile penetration testing distribution ever created. It has a whole set of amazing features lined up in this security distribution, geared at streamlining the penetration testing experience.
Demo #9 - Up and Running with Kali Linux and Friends: continue. This time fully functional embedded switch, and we can show few past demos this time having Kali Linux on board.
The following is the list of demos we are currently working on (i.e., coming soon):
Demo #10 - Internet Usage Meter ("phone bill" of your network usage): Just plug LUNA between your cable/DSL modem and your router and get the details of your home/office Internet usage by protocols/applications, amount of data, dates and times, etc.
We will survey our backers upon reaching the goal in order to find out which TWO of our demos they found the most useful and, subsequently, dedicate resources to package and to make user friendly the corresponding applications that would then be delivered together with LUNA devices to our bakers, free of charge!
- TI AM3352 A8 ARM at 1GHz supported by Texas Instruments Linux community
- 512 MB DDR3
- 2 Gigabit Network Interfaces
- 4 GB microSD card (user upgradable up to 64GB)
- USB A Host Interface for hardware extensions (variety of USB dongles)
- USB B Device Interface for power and console (USB to UART converter on board)
- 32KB EEPROM for custom data (write protect via jumper header)
- Line speed duplex gigabit pass-through traffic with maximum latency of 880 ns (via built-in switch) - because it is in-line, the appliance does not affect line traffic regardless of the software being used (switch mode of operation vs. dual emac)
- Available as bare PCB or housed in brushed aluminum case 45 x 100 x 25mm (Note: On the prototype PCB shown USB Host and UART are exposed through headers.)
Current State of Project and Timeline
- The prototype board is developed and tested.
- The PCB design is being finalized (see images below).
- The enclosure has been selected and we are now working with the manufacturer on customizing it to accommodate connectors.
- The PCB manufacturer has provided an estimate of 30-days turnaround time from the day of the order submission.
- We successfully ran
TI Linux kernel 3.2, 3.12 with Ubuntu 14.04 root file
system on our prototype board. We expect to ship the rewards with the latest software available from TI. Backers will be able to install the operating
system of their choice on the 4 GB micro SD card supplied with LUNA.
- We are currently working with a team from ntop who successfully stress tested our engineering prototype in their lab and in the field using their open source software. The backers who are interested in exploring the full power of their offerings are encouraged to contact Luca Deri from ntop.
- We estimate being ready to ship rewards starting with end of February 2015.
During the campaign we are going to post demos of some cool applications. If you have ideas for what LUNA can do for you let us know and we can help to make it happen.
Two weeks into the campaign: By this time we should be able to determine if there is a good possibility that the project will be funded or not. In the case of the former scenario, we will notify the manufacturer regarding the upcoming order.
Three weeks into the campaign: If it looks like our project has a good chance of being funded, we will provide the manufacturer with an estimate of the number of rewards that they should expect an order for from our company so that they can sync up with their own suppliers.
The end of the campaign: Assuming that we ran a successful Kickstarter campaign, we are going to submit our final order to the manufacturer.
Two months after the campaign ends: This is when we start shipping out rewards.
We are going to keep you informed during the campaign and after it ended - using this webpage and our corporate website - of any new and relevant developments.
What will the money be used for?
This Kickstarter campaign will help us fund an initial batch of LUNA boards and get the boards into our backer’s hands. Any funds beyond our initial goal will help us develop and test applications for the LUNA appliance and produce educational content for network security monitoring labs and related security courses for universities, colleges and professionals. Those interested in it will be able to download the resulting educational content directly from our corporate website.
The Future of LUNA
The architecture of LUNA makes it an ideal platform for custom designed applications to enhance and maximize its basic functionality. Our ultimate goal is to build a community of developers around the LUNA appliance.
We are now in the process of building into our corporate website the functionality to allow developers, such as you, to promote and market custom applications for LUNA. All applications for LUNA offered through WAW Technologies will be thoroughly tested by our team of professionals.
Thank you for your consideration!
Thank you for taking the time to read about our project. We really hope that you find it interesting. If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact us through Kickstarter. We will do our best to respond to backers' messages promptly. Thanks again, everyone!
WAW Technologies Team
Risks and challenges
The LUNA prototype board has already been through several modifications and is being continuously tested by the WAW Technologies team and our partners (e.g. ntop).
The current version of LUNA requires only minor PCB re-design in order to populate USB connectors in place of headers and upgrade some components. We will also use a drop in replacement of higher speed TI ARM (our current prototype board is using 600MHz version of AM3352).
Manufacturing always presents certain challenges and risks but we selected a trusted manufacturer with whom we dealt on multiple occasions in the past.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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