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




<tomas@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>
> 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).
> [...]
> 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
    code.


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