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The ybox2 is the second-generation networked set-top box in an Altoids tin. Inspired by the original ybox, created by Uncommon Projects. Total cost to build one is around $50, much cheaper than the original.

Kits are now available! See below for details.

Hardware features include:


  • Input voltage: v1.1: 6-9 volts DC (Higher voltages will cause excessive heat)
  • Input current: 250mA average, 300mA max

Software Features:

  • Bootloader which allows upgrades over the network (Requires 64KB EEPROM)
  • Integrated web server
  • DHCP


You can buy the ybox2 kit from Adafruit Industries for $75, which will save you from having to try and find all of the parts yourself. You can also buy just the ybox2 board for $15.

Board and Schematic

v1.0 board

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v1.1 board (Adafruit version)

coming soon

Parts List

You can find the most up-to-date parts and price list here. Note: The parts list is for the v1.1 boards! The v1.0 boards have a different regulator and a common cathode LED.

Source Code

The source code for this project can be found on Github:

You can either browse the sources there directly, or check them out yourself.

Related Documents

Related Links

Useful resources


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Pictures from other people

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Also check out the ybox2 flickr tag!