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FCC Considering Rules That Ban Open Firmware!

on Tue, 09/29/2015 - 5:46pm

The FCC is considering rules that would require manufacturers of Wifi-enabled equipment like routers, tablets, and even computers to lock them against installing alternative firmware and software.  Such locks would prevent the use of Open Source software like OpenWRT (which WasabiNet uses!), DD-WRT, and really anything other than what the equipment manufacters themselves choose to release.

Indeed, some wifi routers are already appearing on the market with locked firmware, since that is simply much cheaper for manufacturers to do, than attempt to follow the FCC's proposed regulation. (I.e.

Wasabi Peas Proposal

on Thu, 06/26/2014 - 9:01pm

This was a proposal submitted to the 2014 Arch Grants funding competition.  Sadly, we didn't make the final round, but we're posting the proposal's details here on request from community mesh wifi enthusiast. A related topic is our rooftop solar mesh concept Sunflower Mesh.

The Wasabi Pea is a low-cost meshing WiFi hotspot easily deployable in small or large numbers, with additional provision for battery operation in emergencies. 

Some backround: WasabiNet develops and deploys low-cost, neighborhood-scale mesh wireless broadband technology for rooftops with low operating costs and high