TP-Link blocks open-source router firmware2016-03-14 03:45 by Daniela
Tags: TP-Link, FCC
Networking manufacturer TP-Link has recently announced that starting on June 2, 2016 it will no longer support flashing of third-party firmware for its routers in the US. The reason for this move is a new FCC ruling that aims to limit interference of router with other devices.
The FCC wants to ensure that devices only operate on the radio frequencies they are licensed to use. However, with third-party firmware, equipment, such as home wireless routers, can be reprogrammed by their owners to operate on unauthorized frequencies.
The FCC didn't actually ban using of third-party firmware, but due to many other restrictions, TP-Link has decided it was easier to ban open source firmware altogether.
"The FCC requires all manufacturers to prevent users from having any direct ability to change RF [radio frequency] parameters (frequency limits, output power, country codes, etc)," TP-Link stated. "In order to keep our products compliant with these implemented regulations, TP-LINK is distributing devices that feature country-specific firmware."
"Devices sold in the United States will have firmware and wireless settings that ensure compliance with local laws and regulations related to transmission power," TP-Link added. "As a result of these necessary changes, users are not able to flash the current generation of open-source, third-party firmware."
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