Netgear dumps trash with Open Source

Dana Blankenhorn is excited about Netgear’s announcement that it’s fully supporting a router intended to run open source software, but he’s off on the relevance of the hardware:

MyOpenRouter offers developers a comprehensive user guide, applications forums and downloads. Best of all this isn’t a stinky would-not-sell-otherwise router. It’s got an internal diversity antenna to improve performance, and supports WPS.

Actually, that’s not at all impressive.Every Wi-Fi router built in the last three years supports diversity and WPS, but the relevant ones also support 802.11n. This is simply an obsolete b/g router that Netgear is dumping, probably to reduce inventory. Wake me up when you see an open source router supporting 802.11n, I’ll buy one in a heartbeat.

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