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Can FreedomBox be an alternative to commercial home routers?

Can FreedomBox be an alternative to commercial home routers?

Posted Jul 5, 2012 17:04 UTC (Thu) by n8willis (subscriber, #43041)
In reply to: Can FreedomBox be an alternative to commercial home routers? by fb
Parent article: Can FreedomBox be an alternative to commercial home routers?

Sounds a bit like poetic license
Out-of-the-box means it is already installed when you open the box. Who is selling OpenWrt pre-installed?

Nate


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Can FreedomBox be an alternative to commercial home routers?

Posted Jul 5, 2012 17:46 UTC (Thu) by pj (subscriber, #4506) [Link]

Buffalo sells routers with DD-WRT preinstalled.

Can FreedomBox be an alternative to commercial home routers?

Posted Jul 5, 2012 18:52 UTC (Thu) by n8willis (subscriber, #43041) [Link]

DD-WRT is not OpenWrt, however; they (DD) have proprietary pieces for which they do not provide source. There is a whole other can of worms about the manner in which DD provides source and whether or not it is sufficient to compile and build a working image (an argument which I have not desire to get into). But in any event, making modifications to the version of DD that ships with Buffalo still voids the device's warranty.

Nate

Can FreedomBox be an alternative to commercial home routers?

Posted Jul 5, 2012 18:06 UTC (Thu) by DaleQ (subscriber, #4004) [Link]

I'm impressed with the OpenWRT based devices (that can act as a gateway or repeater node automagically) sold by Open-Mesh.com.

(Not affiliated, just happy customer).

Can FreedomBox be an alternative to commercial home routers?

Posted Jul 5, 2012 20:41 UTC (Thu) by hummassa (subscriber, #307) [Link]

Nope, down here (Brasil) we have a lot of OEMs that slap together some Broadcom-based routers with openwrt or ddwrt preinstalled. I had one of those, and it had better range than many brand-name routers I had.

http://www.produtosdefabrica.com.br/Roteador_DD_WRT_Wirel...

(in pt_BR, and prices in R$ 1 = US$ .50)


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