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The Free Software Foundation Endorses First Router In 3 Years - But It's 10/100 + 802.11n WiFi

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  • starshipeleven
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    Originally posted by DoMiNeLa10 View Post
    The point is that a router will probably serve as a switch for the local network, so it would make sense to make it into a decent one.
    It's called router because it's not a switch.

    A switch is a separate device, and afaik the FSF is fine with non-managed switches.

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  • starshipeleven
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    Originally posted by DoMiNeLa10 View Post
    To people who think this router is just ancient: no 802.11ac device can work without proprietary calibration blobs,
    It's a full blown firmware. Calibration blobs are in addition to that.

    10/100 Ethernet is pathetic, on the other hand. Wired connections can push more, and this sort of thing makes a huge difference when using a NAS.
    The processor in this device can't push much more than that on SMB, and given that its connectivity is USB 2.0, you don't really need faster ethernet.

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  • starshipeleven
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    Good to see that GL.Inet is the chosen "hardware provider"
    Originally posted by Grogan View Post
    10/100 LAN... if I was going to buy a new router, it would certainly have to be gigabit ethernet and generally would have to be beefier than that in just about every way. That's mickey mouse, and a lot of money for it.
    On minirouters like this, the hardware can't really NAT anywhere near 100Mbit anyway, and the wifi won't saturate that either.

    It's not bad hardware per-se. It's the price that is plain wrong, these fuckers are literally just buying these devices off Amazon or something instead of make bulk purchases to get lower prices and save on shipping.

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  • andyprough
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    Originally posted by DoMiNeLa10 View Post

    The point is that a router will probably serve as a switch for the local network, so it would make sense to make it into a decent one.
    It would be nice if that were possible via wifi without proprietary blobs. This is the world we live in, companies hiding their sloppy and insecure crapware from inspection inside proprietary black box blobs. At least this is an option for light browsing.

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    Originally posted by andyprough View Post

    I don't think this is for NAS. If you read the promo page, this appears to be for home/consumer light web browsing use, for which it is plenty good enough. Anyone concerned about proprietary blobs that needs real speed is going to be using a wired connection as you say.
    The point is that a router will probably serve as a switch for the local network, so it would make sense to make it into a decent one.

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  • andyprough
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    Originally posted by DoMiNeLa10 View Post
    Wired connections can push more, and this sort of thing makes a huge difference when using a NAS.
    I don't think this is for NAS. If you read the promo page, this appears to be for home/consumer light web browsing use, for which it is plenty good enough. Anyone concerned about proprietary blobs that needs real speed is going to be using a wired connection as you say.

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    To people who think this router is just ancient: no 802.11ac device can work without proprietary calibration blobs, so I would not expect ac (and possibly ax) to ever get freedom-respecting hardware. I'd complain that it seems to be a 2x2 device, so it's probably far from optimal when it comes to 802.11n.

    10/100 Ethernet is pathetic, on the other hand. Wired connections can push more, and this sort of thing makes a huge difference when using a NAS. Gigabit has been a standard since 1999, and there's no reason to use something inferior simply because wireless connections can't handle that much.

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  • Jabberwocky
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    FSF is just a messenger stating most modern standards are broken. Don't shoot the messenger.

    Originally posted by FireBurn View Post
    Knowing the FSF they probably don't endorse any wifi adapters to use with it though...
    I opened the store page (referenced in this post). Searched using the name of a wifi adapters listed on the store page. Found a post from 2013: https://www.fsf.org/news/ryf-certifi...h-atheros-chip

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  • Beherit
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    Freedom means we can all choose to buy a different, modern router.

    I'm not convinced that the FSF will increase their sex appeal amongst the ladies when bragging about this.
    Last edited by tildearrow; 26 September 2019, 10:34 PM.

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  • Imroy
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    Originally posted by FireBurn View Post
    Knowing the FSF they probably don't endorse any wifi adapters to use with it though...
    The SoC has Wifi built-in. Can you not see the antennae in the photos?

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