Post by Roy Post by Roy
The Federal Communications Commission has reportedly introduced
new rules that will ban modification of firmware on devices with
radios. The proposed rule only affects devices that operate in
the U-NII bands, which is a portion of spectrum used for 5GHz
Nah, at the most it will force the firmware makers to have
certain security features. They won't ban anyone from
source or proprietary firmware.
I disagree. I think its all about locking the radios to US
channels and power limits
I read the proposal and it has little or nothing to do with
open source firmware, it has to do only with that specific radio
and the specific portion of the spectrum. It's being done to
prevent the radio from being operated in a manner that can
interfere with others using that radio frequency spectrum. The
same kinds of rules exist for cell phones.
"On March 31, 2014, the Commission revised the rules in Part 15
that permits U-
NII devices in the 5 GHz Band. As part of that revision, the
Commission required that all U-NII device software be secured to
prevent its modification to ensure that the device operates as
authorized thus reducing the potential for
harmful interference to authorized users."
What they want is for any firmware, open source or proprietary
to be blocked from modifying the way the radio frequencies
outlined in the proposal. Basically the hardware makers will
have firmware just for that radio and it won't allow the main
firmware to change how the radio uses the allotted frequencies.
Post by Roy
I have had radios in the past where you could change the country
and use non-legal radio settings.
I suspect you're talking about scanners when they were
being used to listen to cell calls. That was done for privacy
reasons. This current proposal is just being done to prevent
interference. Why would they object to any open source firmware
when current proprietary software in many routers have all the
functions you get from open source software?