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Open source

Open hardware running free operating system based on OpenWrt

Performance

High power dual-core ARM CPU at 1.6 GHz with PC-like performance

Security

Secure default configuration, easy setup and automatic updates

Features

Turris Omnia will be available in several versions.
Here is a list of its most important features:

CPU 1.6 GHz dual-core ARM
RAM 1 GB DDR3
(optionally 2 GB)
Storage 8 GB flash
LAN 5× Gbit port
WAN 1× Gbit port
SFP
USB 2× USB 3.0
Mini PCI Express
mSATA / mini PCI Express
Wi-Fi
(mini PCIe)
3×3 MIMO 802.11ac
2×2 MIMO 802.11b/g/n

Apart from that, Turris Omnia also has SIM card slot, RTC with battery backup, crypto chip for secure random number generation, dimmable RGB LEDs, pin headers with GPIO, I²C, SPI and more.

Turris Omnia board diagram

Automatic updates

Lack of updates is a security problem for most home routers. Omnia offers unattended automatic updates to core components of the system for the lifetime of the device.

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One of the biggest security problems in home routers is the fact that they usually have an old firmware. Unfortunately, a home router is as much a computer as your notebook and security related issues are discovered all the time. Just imagine a normal PC running a few years without any update. With Omnia, we decided to change that. We offer unattended automatic updates to core components of the system for the lifetime of the device. The updates are done in the background and you may be informed about them if you wish.

Freedom

Omnia uses an operating system based on OpenWrt. This means that you have an open Linux distribution in your device and can do anything you would with a normal Linux server.

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Omnia uses an operating system based on OpenWrt. This means that you have an open Linux distribution in your device and can do anything you would with a normal Linux server. You can install additional software, reconfigure things from scratch etc. We simply do not limit you in what you want to do. Quite the opposite, we will give you source code of all the software and would be delighted if you decide to share your improvements with us on GitHub.

High throughput network setup

The internal network setup of Omnia is unique amongst home routers. Utilizing three gigabit ethernet lines, it offers better performance and more configuration options.

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The internal network setup of Omnia is unique amongst home routers. Because the chip which forms the heart of Omnia has three gigabit ethernet lines, we decided to utilize them all. Thus, Omnia has a dedicated WAN port and the switch which takes care of LAN ports is connected using two lines at once. This means that you can reach a full gigabit speed in full duplex mode between WAN and LAN. Or that you can dedicate one gigabit line to a single LAN port via a VLAN to guarantee its speed in presence of other traffic.

Network Attached Storage

Every router with a USB port may be used as a Network Attached Storage (NAS). Unfortunately, many routers are not powerful enough to handle high throughput from a USB connected disk.

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Every router with a USB port may be used as a Network Attached Storage (NAS). Unfortunately, many routers are not powerful enough to handle high throughput from a USB connected disk. Turris Omnia has two USB 3.0 ports and a powerful CPU, so it can offer NAS performance comparable to dedicated NAS boxes, thus saving you money for running an extra device.

Virtual server

There is a built-in virtual server in Omnia, which you can use for your software without risk to the main system.

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Virtualization is a common feature on modern servers. It helps organize software, improves security by splitting important and less important systems, etc. Because Turris Omnia has enough power and RAM, we decided to add support for virtualization into the core system and even set a default virtual machine up in the factory setup. The virtual server serves as a normal LAN connected computer and you can run any Linux you want on it - even Ubuntu or Debian. This makes experimentation with new software extra simple and safe.

1 to 2 GB RAM

Omnia has much more RAM than common SOHO routers. This allows you to use it for much more.

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Most common home routers do not have more than 128 MB of RAM. And to be frank, for their main task, this is quite enough. However, if you want to run a web server, DLNA server and a virtual server, you would definitely benefit from more. This is why Turris Omnia has up to 1 GB (optionally even 2 GB) of RAM which brings it closer to a small server than a mere router.

SFP connector

Even if you have fiber to the home, we can connect you without a middlebox.

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Modern network backbones are built almost exclusively on fiber optic basis. But this technology is also used for fast local connections and can even go directly into your home (FTTH, Fiber To The Home). In case you are one of the lucky ones to have such a connectivity, Omnia can be used to directly connect to this network without middleboxes, just with the proper SFP module.

Backup connectivity

Do you work from home and Internet connection is crucial for you all the time?

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Do you work from home and Internet connection is crucial for you all the time? With Omnia, you can use a LTE USB or miniPCIe modem (there is even a SIM slot built into the device) for backup connectivity. It is easy to set Omnia up to automatically switch to mobile connection if problems with the main connection are detected.

Honeypots

With Omnia, you can observe network attackers' activity from the safety of your home.

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The Internet is full of attackers. At least we hear so from the experts and the media. If you would like to observe this safely on your own router, we have a simple way for you. We run a farm of so called honeypots, which simulate a running system and observe would be attackers. It is possible to easily configure Omnia to redirect specific traffic to the honeypot and get records of caught attackers and their actions. And it is completely safe because the honeypot runs on our server, not your device.

Cryptochip

Not having enough entropy may be a security weakness. This is why we include an extra cryptochip.

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Random number generation is very important when it comes to cryptography. And to get really random numbers, one needs a good source of randomness (entropy). It has been shown many times that embedded devices, such as SOHO routers, do not have enough sources of entropy, which can lead to security weaknesses. This is why we added a dedicated chip into Omnia, which can serve as a high quality entropy source.

RTC with battery backup

Missing time information may be a security problem when cryptography is involved.

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When cryptography is used, exact time may be of utmost importance. Without proper time and date, electronic signatures cannot be correctly verified because all certificates have limited validity. This is true for HTTPS certificates as well as for DNSSEC. This is why, unlike other routers, Omnia has an RTC chip with battery backup which ensures that even after loss of power, the date and time are properly preserved. This mitigates one particular type of security attacks.

Dimmable RGB LEDs

LEDs are an important source of information in a router. But they might not be so nice at night.

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Everybody knows at least one device with an annoyingly bright status LED that cannot be turned off and almost blinds you in the night. We know the experience well, which is why the LEDs in Omnia are dimmable. You can also set your preferred color and even configure them completely programmatically. This means that you can for example turn them off automatically in the evening or use them for all kinds of innovative purposes.

8 GB flash

Turris Omnia has two orders of magnitude more flash memory than common routers.

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A common home router has between 4 and 32 MB of flash memory. This is usually enough, but it may be a problem when you try to install extra software. You may quickly reach the limit of the flash storage capacity. To prevent this Omnia has 8 GB - a few hundred times more. With this storage, you can install tons of programs and still have space left for other stuff.

Extensibility

There are many things you can use Omnia for besides connecting to the Internet.

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There are many things you can use Omnia for. You can extend the device to work as DLNA server, add DVB-T tuner and stream television signal through your network, add a USB sound card and use it as an Internet radio. We have many of these scenarios documented and will share them with you. We even have a howto for using a web camera as a simple burglar alarm with automatic emailing of photos.

mSATA

If you want extra fast storage in your Omnia, connect an SSD via the mSATA interface.

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Many routers allow you to extend their storage by using a USB drive. While this is a good solution for most tasks, imagine having a server running off a USB attached disk. Therefore, if you need a really fast storage completely enclosed inside your device, there is an mSATA port in the higher version of Turris Omnia. Just plug in an inexpensive mSATA disk and you will be one step closer to a full blown server.

Wi-Fi

Turris Omnia has dual band Wi-Fi with 802.11ac and 802.11b/g/n.

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We believe that if you really want speed, wired networks are still the best way to go. On the other hand, wireless is simply a must for most users and we want to deliver the newest technologies. Because of this Turris Omnia has dual band Wi-Fi capabilities with 3×3 MIMO 802.11ac for really fast connections and 2×2 MIMO 802.11b/g/n for older and less demanding devices.

About us

We based Turris Omnia on our experience with development of router Turris, a powerful and secure home router used for network security research project of CZ.NIC.

CZ.NIC is a non-profit organization running the .cz top level domain of the Czech Republic. We strongly believe in open source and strive to make all our products open. Besides hardware we also develop network software (BIRD, Knot DNS) and are active in the Internet community (IETF, ICANN, RIPE NCC, etc.).

Buy Turris Omnia

You can buy the Turris Omnia router (1 GB or 2 GB) in following e-shops:

  • Alzashop.com
  • Discomp.cz
  • Amazon.de

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