Homebrew Hardware

My Hardware Designs

Blue Box Hardware (communication security)

Most of these designs are laid out in full, including the source code (firmware) for each device on the Instructables.com site. A YouTube.com playlist that features all of my own Phone Phreaking hardware can be found here. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoLL-beYPIWPKZiTMKYameOhrqeeBsdCd


Below is a few wallpaper/advertisements that I made for two of my favorite boxes, the BlizzyB and the SpinnyB.

Original Blizzard Box

The Blizzard Box was the very first, physical, Bluebox that I made. It was designed with a very large project box from Radio Shack and was poorly soldered. I had some helping friends cutout the aluminum faceplate to make way for the 4x4 Velleman keypad. It had a single button on top for the 2600Hz supervisory signalling button, a volume knob, and a stereo headphone jack. The USB port was inside the case so I have to open it each time I wanted to update the firmware or change the battery. This required unscrewing the project box! So I resolved all of these issues and even added software improvements and more features to the next generation Bluebox, the BlizzyB (Heron Blue).

The name "Blizzard" was chosen because it was a combination of many boxes all mixed together, similar to a famous dairy based dessert with candy :)

BlizzyB (Heron Blue)

The BlizzyB Blue Heron edition. This Blue Box has a completely different physical design, newer signalling features and better sound quality output tested with my very own phone switching equipment.

BlizzyB (Ocean Edition)

The BlizzyB Ocean Edition is called "Ocean" because it is blue and makes sine waves :) All other hardware made square waves and this design plays sound clips of the tones rather than generating them. It uses a Arduino shield that allows for a microSD card and plays WAV files upon the pushing of the buttons.

BlizzyB EPIC

The BlizzyB EPIC edition has an LCD screen but is build with the same technology as the BlizzyB Heron. The project was started July of 2017 and is still in development.


The SpinnyB came from an idea that I had after purchasing a few old fashioned rotary phones from an antique store called Walkers Buttons and Bows in Cambridge Springs Pennsylvania.

802.11 Ninja (802.11 security)

The 802.11 Ninja is a hardware device that can be used stealthily during a penetration test, or even on the dashboard of your vehicle during a wardrive or reconnaissance. It can be used as a Wireless Intrusion Detection System (WIDS), or even as a simple network diagnostic tool. Because the Raspberry Pi OS (Raspbian OS) is Linux based, we have access to the unlimited power that Linux has to offer as well. This includes Perl, Bash and shell scripting, and theAircrack-ng Suite of 802.11 penetration testing tools. The one featured in the pictures above also has a built-in GPS radio to capture Access Point (AP)/GPS data using the WARCARRIER software that I wrote a while back.
The alternative to this dedicated hardware could be an Android device, as I have also written WARCARRIER for Android as well (unreleased/TBA), but this type of 802.11 scanning (probing) is not as accurate, fast, and reliable as pure RFMON (monitor mode) passive/promiscuous scanning. This is especially true during a penetration test. Also, if doing reconnaissance, it wouldn't be as painful to have a "$35 ARM powered Linux Computer" (O'REILLY) stolen while in operation than a $200 to $800 tablet!

The 802.11 Ninja full design specification and instructions can be found on the Instructables.com website.


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  2. What a intelligent mind Allah Almighty gave you,May Allah bless you in both world to give us such useful OS ,and lead you to eternal peaceful life.Ameen

  3. Love the fact that you keep b0xing alive. Was hoping to see a red-box but still cool.

  4. Love your skills and projects; keep building and make moar boxes! Post complete steps and schematics with updated links to libraries too? Thanks!