TP-Link is a custom firmware more on routers in US




Manufacturer of network devices TP-Link has an official statement posted on his website in which the company explains why it no longer allows custom firmware on routers. This has to do with new frequency of the FCC rules.

Under the new rules it is not allowed to change certain settings relating to, among other things, the frequency of routers, so let know TP-Link. With custom firmware, however, it is possible for users to change these settings. Especially open source software as DD-WRT and OpenWRT is popular on the routers of the Chinese company, because many router models support this software. Users of these were longer afraid TP-Link would come to such a decision, because this is the easiest way to comply with the rules of the telecom regulator, as post Ars Technica.

It would also be possible to continue to support custom firmware and just make sure that users can not change the settings related to frequencies. However, since this particular involves costs, it was decided to completely ban custom firmware. The suspicion that TP-Link would take such a decision was first confirmed when a helpdesk agent a month ago explanation gave the new rules.

Making the rules established by the FCC in Europe is part of a directive on the harmonization of rules on the provision of radio equipment. Article 3 of the Directive stipulates that equipment required ‘certain possibilities support to ensure that software only in the radio equipment can be loaded as the conformity of the combination of the radio equipment and the software is shown. It seems that this provision also oversees custom router firmware. The implementation of this Directive in the Netherlands has recently been completed and the rules are set out in the Telecommunications Act. It is unclear whether the TP-Link therefore will strike the same way in Europe.


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