EU restricts firmware modifications to wifi routers


EU decides firmware lockdown

Mostly unnoticed the EU commission decided on a new bill which is supposed to forbid the replacement of the operating system (firmware) on devices with radio transmitters (for instance wifi routers): The US regulation agency FCC is currently discussing on a similar law. With this motion innovation in this area would be immensly thwarted. Initiatives like Freifunk but also commercial providers like DD-WRT ( or Hotsplots ( would be unable to install their own firmware on wifi devices. Even laptops and PCs with wifi would be affected if they were running Linux.

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