anyone can do it.
no one can stop it.
privacy without trust
The Embassy implements commodity hardware that can be purchased online or at most electronics stores. Our specifications include:
raspberry pi 4b
128gb high endurance microsd
2.4ghz and 5.0ghz ieee 802.11ac wireless
ble internal speaker buzzer for audio feedback
The Embassy comes pre-installed with Start9's own EmbassyOS, a stripped-down and augmented version of Raspbian Buster Lite. EmbassyOS handles Embassy setup, owner authentication, Tor Hidden Service management, networking, and the installation, configuration, and hosting of services. EmbassyOS is at the core of Start9's technology stack and what makes our unprecedented user experience possible.
Tor is woven into the fabric of EmbassyOS. Each service running on the Embassy receives its own unique Tor Hidden Service address. All communications to and from the Embassy, between Embassies, and between services running on the Embassy are done over Tor. Even potentially compromised Tor exit nodes are kept out of the loop.
The world of free and open source software is rich and expanding. These software solutions are often difficult to install and configure, which is why most of the world runs on trusted third party servers. With the Embassy device and platform, Start9 aims to unleash open source software and usher in a new era of sovereign computing.
As the world has migrated to the cloud, we've lost something critical: digital privacy. For everyone who doesn't care about that, the Embassy won't be interesting. For everyone else, the Embassy is your new best friend.
The Embassy is a project I'm very excited about. With a promising roadmap ahead of powerful applications that empower the individual, Embassy may be the first private server that even your mom will want to run. Simple plug-n-play installation of apps makes the Embassy a delight.
By far the easiest internet connected appliance I've ever set up, and when you consider that it's running a Bitcoin node, an encrypted messaging service, and communicating entirely over TOR... Well that's just crazy impressive.
If you want to support Bitcoin by running Bitcoin Core on your own node it can't and won't get any easier than the Embassy from Start 9. The Embassy is definitely Bitcoin For Boomers approved.