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I think it is worth mentioning as it may affect open-source software used on devices equipped with Wi-Fi.

SOFTWARE SECURITY REQUIREMENTS FOR U-NII DEVICES:
https://apps.fcc.gov/kdb/GetAttachme...g_number=39498

(...)
2. SOFTWARE SECURITY DESCRIPTION GUIDE
An applicant must describe the overall security measures and systems that ensure that:
1. only properly authenticated software is loaded and operating the device; and
2. the device is not easily modified to operate with RF parameters outside of the authorization.
(...)

Thread inspired by an article (Polish language): http://www.dobreprogramy.pl/WiFi-sci...ews,66029.html
 

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Preventing the flashing of DD-WRT is specifically mentioned. Don't think I'd buy an access point that I couldn't flash Tomato on.
 

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Originally Posted by robthebold View Post
Preventing the flashing of DD-WRT is specifically mentioned. Don't think I'd buy an access point that I couldn't flash Tomato on.
Routers and stuff are already a botnet, but now it's botnet 2.0 now we can't flash other/OSS firmware on it.
 

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Good thing I dont reside in the US
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Originally Posted by nieldk View Post
Good thing I dont reside in the US
As I know our belowed establishment, the UK will follow suit shortly. If it hasn't already. Good job my 10 years old router is still going strong and I have no reason (or intention) to replace it.
 

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As I know our belowed establishment, the UK will follow suit shortly. If it hasn't already. Good job my 10 years old router is still going strong and I have no reason (or intention) to replace it.
True. Guess I neef to purchase one sooner than later
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I am afraid that some (most? all?) the producers would not want to create separated vesions of devices for USA (without flashing option) and for rest of the world (with it).
Worse, even differences of AC voltage are not a problem while most of the routers, all of the phones and tablets have external power supplies/chargers which can be exchanged easily depending on region.

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Wow,
ugly.
Feel for anyone having to deal with this...
hopefully us Canucks won't have to.
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actually this one is more concerning
https://libreplanet.org/wiki/Save_Wi...idual_Comments

pls post your views there
 

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Sadly, the only thing that these idiots understood was "properly authenticated software" and something like open source is considered a threat since "just anybody" can alter the software; a common issue with some folks that govern our devices in the FCC, et al.

Oh well. It'll probably be turned around just like unlocking phones was in the US.

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