The Nabto-box, a new Indiegogo project, uses FreeRTOS and the same peer-to-peer technology as Skype to enable all the gadgets on your home network to become part of a secure Internet of Things (IoT). Designed to offer a simple solution for all consumers, it does not use a dynamic IP service, does not require you to pay a subscription, and does not require any firewall or router port configuration. Users simply plug the Nabto-box into a home router to access, view the status of, control and stream data from their networked devices such as thermostats, alarm-systems, surveillance cameras, lawn irrigation systems and alarm systems, even when the devices don’t include a remote connection option.
By using the light-weight, reliable open-source FreeRTOS real time operating system, Nabto has created a low-cost, low-power consumer product that offers a wide range of capabilities. FreeRTOS enables self-contained VPN in a box running on a small, low-cost MCU. FreeRTOS enables the box to run software that performs several advanced networking functions, including:
- Servicing an IP-stack with communication originating from both the local network and the internet, and securely passing packets between the two.
- Periodically contacting the cloud hosted base station, which is responsible for initiating peer to peer connections
- Ensuring all communication is encrypted
The Nabto box is an Indiegogo crowd-funded project.