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Imagination Technologies is designing a router chip that will facilitate the installation of open source firmware on wireless routers in compliance with the FCC’s anti-interference regulations.

Router chips compliant with FCC rules allow open source firmware installation - Imagination_Logo.gifThe Federal Communication Commission or FCC recently proposed an anti-interference regulation that required router manufacturers to prevent third-party firmware from changing radio frequency parameters that could cause interference with other devices. In light of this, Imagination Technologies, a chip design company, partnered up with open source software makers to create a router chip that will isolate third-party firmware, such as OpenWrt, from radio controls and enable router manufacturers to upgrade the initial firmware in compliance with the FCC’s anti-interference regulations.

Although at first, many router manufacturers including TP-Link and Asus blocked all third party firmware from being installed to make their equipment compliant with FCC rule, eventually manufacturers like Linksys and TP-Link figured out an alternative way, compliant with the FCC rules, to install third-party firmware on some of their routers. However, according to an announcement recently released by Imagination Technologies the router chip is still a manufacturer’s best bet “to ensure [that] the wireless driver complies with the FCC guidelines on security while still satisfying the requirements of the open source community.”

Although this chip demo, also known as prplSecurity, is still in its beta stage, the company says that it could hit the stores in 2017.


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