Re: FOSS-friendly Wireless Access Point (WAP) for SOHO network?
- Date: Thu, 8 Jun 2017 15:43:01 -0000 (UTC)
- From: Dan Purgert <dan@xxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: FOSS-friendly Wireless Access Point (WAP) for SOHO network?
> 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
> The FCC also stated that it shouldn't be "too easy" for an end user to
> bypass the parameter limits.
Actually, the FCC states that the end user cannot, through the driver
(or firmware updates) be able to choose "non-USA" channels / Tx / etc.
As a result, you get two things:
1. Drivers from most manufacturers are binary blobs.
2. "-US" versions of products are in circulation that're somehow
hardware locked to only allow the selection of the "US" country
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