Internet-in-a-Box is a low-cost digital library, consisting of a wireless access point with storage, which users nearby can connect to.[1]

The 2017 set up of an off line medical library. Anyone physically near to the device may connect to it and download the offline content it contains.

Its realization in hardware and software has changed since 2012, as miniaturization of storage space and electronics progressed.[2] As of 2017, its hardware may consist of a Raspberry Pi with a replaceable storage card.[1]

In 2016, Columbia University's Masters in Public Administration in Development Practice (MPA-DP) explored using these boxes in Dominican Republic for three months.[3]

Digital library

The digital library is composed of multiple modules; modules may be pre-installed, or users may choose which to install. Examples of modules include Wikipedia in a specific language, Wikipedia's Medical Encyclopedia, Khan Academy lite, and OpenStreetMap.[3][1] Other content includes OpenStreetMap, Offline Medical Encyclopedia, Moodle, Owncloud, PhET (interactive mathematics and science simulations), TED Talks, and Sugarizer.[4]


The concept grew out of One Laptop per Child's school server project.[1]

See also


  1. Watkins, Don. "How to create an Internet-in-a-Box on a Raspberry Pi". Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  2. Gaskill, Braddock (2014). "Internet in a Box" (PDF).
  3. "Internet-in-a-Box: Connectivity for the Rest of the World". 13 June 2017. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  4. "How to create an Internet-in-a-Box on a Raspberry Pi".
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