Maxwell is powerful, secure, open-source mesh Wi-Fi made easy! Each node is a serious router with multiple high-gain antennas, up to three simultaneous MIMO Wi-Fi bands, and support for gigabit Ethernet backhaul. We even offer a weatherized node that’s perfect for outdoor use. Maxwell is not just powerful and reliable, though. It’s also perhaps the easiest mesh Wi-Fi system to set up: just place the nodes around your house, plug them in, power them on, and use an Ethernet cable to connect one of them to your broadband modem.
Open-source means you’re in control. You can
ssh into any router node, see
what’s going on with the config files, and run scripts. You can even modify and
build your own firmware. And since it’s based on OpenWRT—the world’s leading
open-source router software—you can take advantage of thousands of additional
packages that let you extend the functionality of your Maxwell nodes. From VPNs
to QoS to parental controls, the OpenWRT community has you covered.
Open-source also means security. With support for WPA3 encryption and the ability to ensure that your system is patched against the latest vulnerabilities, Maxwell helps you stay ahead in the cat-and-mouse game between those who write malware and those who push updates for router firmware. Plus there’s no phone app and no need to hand your mesh keys over to a third-party (we’re looking at you Amazon and Google). When it comes to privacy and security, less is sometimes more.
Maxwell scripts on each node gather information and feed it to a dashboard where you can monitor what’s going on with your mesh—either at a glance, using the super-cool graphical network map, or by digging into the details. What nodes are working? Are they connected to the Internet? What’s connected to what, on which Wi-Fi channels, and how strong is the signal? What’s the bandwidth between all of the nodes? What are the upload and download speeds, to and from the Internet, on each node? What’s the preferred routing path between each pair of nodes?
This ease-of-use extends to configuration as well. At the push of a button, you can easily set new SSIDs, replace your WPA keys, update your firmware, etc. And when you modify settings like this, your changes will propagate to the entire mesh!
|Easy Setup||Yes||Requires app||No|
|Expandable & Hackable||Yes||No||Yes|
|Private & Secure||Yes||Amazon controlled||Yes|
|Outdoor Node Available||Yes||No||No|
|Detailed mesh monitoring||Yes||No||No|
|Bandwidth||50 - 400 Mb/s||50 - 350 Mb/s||50 - 200 Mb/s|
|Coverage for three nodes||3500 - 4500 sq. ft.||3500 sq. ft.||3500 sq. ft.|
The Maxwell source code is on GitHub and our documentation is available here. If you have a question, you can reach out to us using the Ask a technical question link on our campaign page. We look forward to hearing your feedback!
Produced by Andy Haas in New York, NY.
Sold and shipped by Crowd Supply.
Expand your mesh by adding an extra tri-band node.
Expand your mesh by adding an extra dual-band node.
Introduce your mesh to the great outdoors by adding one or more weatherized nodes.
New York, NY · as.nyu.edu/content/nyu-as/as/faculty/andy-haas.html
Professor of Physics by day and open-source/open-hardware tinkerer by night