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electrineer25538318dLuckily people document the flashing process so I can just check which router is easy to flash before I buy it. :)
tosensei3420318d" I own the hardware. Let me do what i want with it." - 120% agreement. MY device, MY decision.
i guess it's mostly protection against overzealous lawyers, if someone does Bad Stuff(tm) with custom-flashed hardware - but then again, knife manufacturers don't get sued if someone stabs someone...
hitko2653318dNever had problems on Asus, Linksys, or MikroTik routers. Other brands I tried were just exponentially crappier, so no surprise they'll make everything to lock you in.
I think you need to look into very specific corners of the market these days for hardware that gives you some freedom.
For a homebrew WiFi router, I'd use a Raspberry Pi Compute Module, which is low power ARM, but can have up to 8GB ram and has a PCIex slot which can be fitted with a Linux-friendly high end WiFi card with antenna connectors.
jestdotty50311d@tosensei can't bar hardware features from you then sell you subscription so that their software allows it later
I mean in reality probably what is happening is snooping related or special interest groups buddying up. Why allow you to flash their software off when your ISP can just sell you another modem/router, pretending that will fix your "problem"? You also can't AdBlock for the whole household. In the 90s ISPs tried to charge $$$ for "running a server" at home except, you had to self report that you were doing so... Lol