Can FreedomBox be an alternative to commercial home routers?
Posted Jul 5, 2012 9:56 UTC (Thu) by fb
Parent article: Can FreedomBox be an alternative to commercial home routers?
Thanks for the article! I can always use more WiFi router hacking stories.
One thing that I wish you had done right at the start was to say "Debian based". I went from starting to read to skimming the article to answer "and what advantage/difference it has over OpenWrt or DD-WRT?".
Honestly, being an OpenWrt and Tomato user, after reading this article and Freedombox FAQ, I am left with the impression that this is a project kick-started by Eben Moglen out of not knowing about OpenWrt or DD-WRT. Don't get me wrong, it is great to have more people working for `embedded wireless freedom`, but flat out ignoring existing mature options sounds counter-productive.
The claim made at the end of the article:
OpenWRT and similar projects are decent options for those comfortable flashing the firmware and voiding their warranty, but those projects can never provide an out-of-the-box experience.
Sounds a bit like poetic license ;-)
From what I can read at freedomboxfoundation.org, this project is still pretty much at the kick-start phase. So in reality it is more like perhaps a viable option 2 years down the road. While there are plenty of officially supported DD-WRT routers (search Newegg or Amazon) on sale. Today. (With Amazon even selling DD-WRT pre-installed routers).
I mean, if you needed a 'free from oppression' *supported* firmware for a wifi router all you need to do is to get one of those Asus routers and add (the supported) DD-WRT firmware. I understand it is not Debian, but the project stated goals are about making a `free from oppression` box, and not a (i) `free from oppression box` (ii) running Debian.
Also in real life, I can imagine being easier to import an Asus or TP-Link router into $COUNTRY_WITH_OPPRESSIVE_GOVERNMENT and manually installing something called DD-WRT than getting a router named Freedom Box through customs.
BTW, if anyone is interested in getting more Debian into your OpenWRT box, check out http://www.debwrt.net/ (No, I never installed it myself, opkg suffices for me).
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