[OpenWrt-Devel] Is Linksys/Belkin lying (again) about being open source (WRT1200AC router) ?

David Lang david at lang.hm
Thu Jan 15 23:31:55 EST 2015

Is the 1200 out yet? The article that was posted earlier did say that they 
recognized that they had made mistakes with the 1900 and were planning to not do 
the same thing with the 1200 and have everything ready at the release date. If 
the release date is not here yet we can't say that they haven't improved.

Now, this isn't the same as having the support upstream in openwrt, which is 
what we all want, but if they do release the full source at the time of the 
router release, it is better than most.

David Lang

On Fri, 16 Jan 2015, Fernando Frediani wrote:

> Hi,
> Great email Valent, and I fully agree with your comments.
> We have had this discussion here in the past and nothing much changed from 
> Belkin side (actually it got worse as they disappeared apparently) showing a 
> total failure on product release.
> I'm not entirely sure of the status of WRT1200AC, but if there is nothing 
> here in OpenWRT and nothing else much can be found on the web they are once 
> again lying. They are publishing intentions as if it was something that was 
> already done and consolidated, ready for any buyer to enjoy. If there is 
> something going on between them and OpenWRT we are not aware, at least not 
> via this list.
> I personally consider a big slap in the face of consumers Marketing doing 
> what they do in Belkin, like if they didn't care at all. This is not simply 
> 'a mistake' or 'a misunderstanding' , it's complete dishonesty and they are 
> probably fully aware of this but simply don't care at all cause they just 
> want to reach their marketing target. Probably people there might not even 
> have a basic idea about what is open-source.
> As mentioned Marvel is doing some progress with the Wifi driver, which is 
> great for WRT1900AC owners, but that's Marvel only. What has Belkin done 
> about their share of the work BEFORE they release this new product ? I not 
> sure if much or any.
> I hope they are able to show me I am wrong on my comments.
> Regards,
> Fernando
> On 14/01/2015 13:05, valent.turkovic at gmail.com wrote:
>> Linksys/Belking marketing is again doing one thing and saying another?
>> This time they say that WRT1200AC router is open source:
>> http://www.zdnet.com/article/ces-2015-linksys-1200ac-an-inexpensive-open-source-802-11ac-wi-fi-router/
>> I have tracked progress with WRT1900AC and saw how they failed to give us 
>> open source driver, so I hope that this time they will actually keep their 
>> (marketing) promise.
>> I really, really, really hope that this time they have reached out and 
>> contacted any of you OpenWrt developers and that we will get truly open 
>> source driver from them.
>> So please let us know if any of you have heard anything regarding WRT1200AC 
>> router and it's drivers.
>> Cheers,
>> Valent.
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