Portable Network Kits

The Portable Network Kit (PNK) is a network in a box that teaches people how to build their own internet.

A PNK consists of off the shelf hardware and open-source software housed in a waterproof, battery-powered, solar-enabled kit. PNKs can be used to connect to an existing internet connection or they can be used offline as a local networking tool, complete with its own server, chat service, and document editor.

We have trained local residents to build and deploy PNKs in New York, rural Tennessee, and Detroit, empowering them to build their own communications infrastructure that they can control and govern. PNKs also serve as an excellent teaching tool for understanding how wireless networking happens and how the Internet works.