[Battlemesh] New wifi products now already with locked firmware

Ben West ben at gowasabi.net
Fri Sep 25 19:21:46 CEST 2015

This is the thread start on the PRPL Foundation listserv discussing the
appearance of wifi routers that now have locked stock firmware that
prohibits flashing alternate firmware.  Yes, *before* the FCC's proposed
rulemaking even gets approved!

This thread began at prompt of an Ars Technica writer, who just published
this story:

FCC: Open source router software is still legal—under certain conditions
Locking out OpenWRT and DD-WRT is the easiest way to comply with new FCC

These are the specific products mentioned in the thread where locked
firmware was encountered:
Rosewill RNX-N300RTv2
TP-Link TL-WR841N v8.2
Netgear WNDR4300

Some of these products were observed to not have locked firmware
previously, even for the same hardware revision.

The TL-WR841N, for example, appears on the list of hardware potentially
supported by Commotion, which evidently may change very soon.

Ben West
ben at gowasabi.net
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