The Save Wi-Fi campaign predicted that the FCC rules of late 2015 would result in router vendors locking the firmware to prevent out-of-spec Wi-Fi emissions. Although the FCC indicated that it was not their goal to prevent third-party firmware upgrades, it now appears that this is the outcome.
Please use this topic to report routers and/or vendors whose firmware is now locked down to third-party software updates. Include the following information:
Identifying info on the package to help people avoid locked-down equipment (UPC code, part number, etc.
How you know that they are locked down (personal observation, tried it and it didn't work (what was the error message?), statement from vendor, etc.)
Any links to statements from the vendor
And if you would like to help push back against these FCC rules, visit the Save WiFi - Round #2 https://www.gofundme.com/save_wifi_round_2 and the Original Save WiFi roundhttps://www.gofundme.com/savewifi note