Netgear WGR614L Embraces Open Source Firmware



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It marks a shift, if you change the firmware on the Netgear you don't void the warranty like on the Linksys. Linksys was also screwing around with the hardware recently. Most third-party firmware is no longer compatible with version 5 of both the WRT54G and the WRT54GS. The amount of flash memory in the version 5 devices has been reduced to 2 MB which too small for most current Linux-based third-party firmware. Where Linksys is running from Open Source, Netgear is embracing it. I've never been a big fan of their stuff, but they have the right idea, and maybe others will follow suit. 

These like the Linksys, are also targeted to the home market (although alot of small businesses will be using them I am sure). GigE and N-wireless would be sweet, but how often do you shuffle around your massive MP3/video collection at home? The best home broadband is what, 20Mbit down? You'll never touch that off of 95% of the websites out there, and even if you did, it shouldn't even phase your network at 100Mbit. When there is a real demand for GigE, we will see it hit consumer products. 



 This could be very good for power user networks.  If Netgear does this with their wireless G router, maybe they can do it with their wireless N routers, which in turn, may lead to other manufacturers to embrace open firmware on their routers.  I really want to see Tomato on Linksys's WRT600N Dual Band N Router, that would be sweet.  



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