Empowering Communities through Connectivity

Welcome to the ClusterDuck Protocol – an innovative open-source firmware empowering wireless IoT devices using LoRa technology. Explore endless opportunities to create fully customizable sensor and communication networks and redefine your IoT experience.

What is the CDP?

In 2017, Hurricane Maria, a category-5 storm, severely impacted Puerto Rico, demolishing homes and communication infrastructure. To address this issue, the ClusterDuck Protocol (CDP) was developed in 2018. It utilizes battery-powered Internet-of-Things devices to reestablish essential communication during emergencies, allowing civilians to request assistance, share their locations, and receive vital information from local governments and responders.

Get Started

Get the

The ClusterDuck Protocol runs on a variety of IoT hardware, including many ESP32 Arduinos.

Here is a list of hardware we use, though there may be many others that work. We recommend the Heltec LoRa ESP32 and the TTGO T-Beam ESP32.

For a simple network you will want to make at least two Ducks. For bigger networks you will need more.

Get the

To start developing, you will need PlatformIO on your computer.

Download or git clone the CDP library from GitHub.

Follow the installation instructions here

Please Note: With the Release of the ClusterDuck Protocol Version 4 we have different instructions. If you are looking for older instructions please go here

Set Up the

Connect your board to platform IO

Follow the these updates instructions for loading up a Duck to get one running.

Use the pre-built examples or develop custom Ducks of your own.


How does it work?

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DuckLinks, or “Ducks” are IoT devices powered by the ClusterDuck protocol. These devices form the network foundation for communications and integrated sensor networks from fugitive methane emissions for Oil & Gas fields, to pressure sensors in maple syrup farm tubes. Ducks are able to sync together in networked clusters, called ClusterDuck Networks, to share information. In some scenarios, this data is pushed to cloud databases and software systems over wifi, cellular, or satellite backhauls.

Built with CDP


Proving that DuckLinks can operate effectively in an extreme environment with sensors that send data to ground antennas in real-time.

Maple Syrup Farm Monitor

Optimizing maple production by centralizing the tracking of temperature and vacuum over 200 acres.

Read about it

Installation Manual

A step-by-step guide on how to build your own ClusterDuck Protocol network on our GitHub repository

Video Tutorials

Go and check out this playlist with all the installation vidoes of the clusterduck Protocol

OWL's mission is to improve global resilience through connectivity. The CDP is a core component of OWL's end-products.

In March 2020, The Linux Foundation and OWL formed a partnership to open-source the ClusterDuck Protocol. Learn more about TLF.

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