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Ask the Wi-Fi Guru: Wireless bridging, Big Trucks, When "Open" isn't really open

Dec 05, 2009, 12:03 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The KWGR614 is an interesting case, and worth talking about here in case other readers run across it. Although this product is now discontinued, models may still be available through discount and overstock merchants. Netgear marketed the KWGR614 as an "open source" router. It would seem logical to conclude, then, that it could run open source firmware like DD-WRT or Tomato.

"But no. The KWGR614 is open source in the sense that Netgear provided the source code to the router, allowing developers the opportunity to customize it much like Linksys' original source code for the WRT54G has evolved into DD-WRT and Tomato, among others. But this hasn't really happened and, furthermore, the KWGR614 uses a Realtek-based chipset which is not supported by DD-WRT or Tomato."

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