What is the Whitebox?
The SamKnows Whitebox is a dedicated device for measuring your internet performance.
It’s ideal for IT professionals, advocates of better internet and users who want assurance about their internet service.
The latest version, Whitebox 8.0, is capable of measuring fixed-line broadband connections of up to 1Gbps.
The Whitebox measures a wide range of network and application-specific properties, including download speed, upload speed, video streaming, online gaming stability, latency, and packet loss, to name just a few.
The Whitebox does not directly improve your internet. It provides you with the data to help you improve your internet performance.
The Whitebox is...
- capable of highly accurate internet performance tests available.
- a trusted measurement unit that you can use to track your home internet performance, so you can be confident that you are getting the service you expect.
- part of SamKnows’ specially developed Test Kit, which is used by internet service providers and government regulators, and includes SamKnows One and the SamKnows mobile app.
The Whitebox is NOT...
- a way to improve your internet speed or performance by itself.
- a replacement for your router and/or modem.
- a replacement for any other Wi-Fi access points in your home.
- a smart meter for energy and gas usage.
Technology and metrics
The Whitebox stays in one place and only runs regular tests when you are not using the internet. This reduces the window for variables and other external factors that can influence the metrics. Thanks to this diligent testing method, the Whitebox will give you more consistent data about your home broadband performance over time.
All metrics and data gathered by your Whitebox can be viewed on your SamKnows One dashboard.
To find out more about how to interpret the data your Whitebox gathers, have a look at the Understanding your data section.
You can read more about the technology inside the Whitebox, and projects it is being used for, on the SamKnows Megablog.
The current generation of Whitebox (8.0) is capable of measuring 1Gbps downstream and upstream over both TCP and UDP.
Product name: SamKnows Whitebox
Networking: Dual 2.4 GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi radios, supporting 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Main processor: Dual-core 880MHz CPU
Memory: 128MB RAM
Storage size: 16MB flash storage (not accessible to users)
External dimensions: 16.4 x 11.2 x 2.6 cm (width x length x height)
Input / Output: 1Gbps LAN interfaces x 4, 1Gbps WAN interfaces x 1, USB 2.0 port x 1 (non-operational)
Power: AC 12V at 2000mA, 50/60Hz