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Re: FOSS-friendly Wireless Access Point (WAP) for SOHO network?




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On Thu, Jun 08, 2017 at 10:17:07AM -0000, Dan Purgert wrote:
> David Christensen wrote:
> > On 06/05/2017 07:14 PM, David Christensen wrote:
> >> I am looking for a FOSS-friendly Wireless Access Point (WAP) ...
> >
> > Thanks everyone for the replies and information.  I'll need to re-read 
> > everything, STFW, and mull it over.
> 
> Bear in mind that certain countries (e.g. the USA) impose limits on the
> devices such that the actual radio driver MUST be a binary blob.

As far as I understand, it's more complicated: The FCC just states that
the radio behaves according to specified parameters (e.g. maximum tramsmit
power).

Now since those parameters vary by jurisdiction, and the chip makers don't
want to make one chip for each jurisdiction (what happens when you travel
with your laptop, btw?), the easiest cop out for them is setting those
parameters in the firmware.

The FCC also stated that it shouldn't be "too easy" for an end user to
bypass the parameter limits.

Now you are in the trap.

Of course I could lie and tell my firmware "we are now in Elbonia[1]",
where extremely lax regulations apply.

[1] I stole that from Dilbert.

Cheers
- -- tomás
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