FCC: Yes, you're allowed to hack your WiFi router

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FCC: Yes, you're allowed to hack your WiFi router

A few months ago, the FCC proposed regulations that theoretically banned the use of open source firmware on your WiFi router. Needless to say, that rubbed a lot of enthusiasts the wrong way -- how were you supposed to improve features or security on your own terms, especially on routers that were designed to be hacked? Well, you needn't fear any longer. On top of reassurances from October, the FCC has modified its proposal to allow open source firmware like DD-WRT or Tomato. The agency will only forbid tweaks that take a router "out of compliance," such as an overly strong signal. In short, you can flash your WiFi hotspot in the future without worrying that the feds will come knocking.

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