But the news is out! Brainslayer has taken the time to make an implimentation of DD-WRT for the La Fonera router which replaces the locked-down feature-stripped firmware Fon provides for it! He is the genius who wrote and develops DD-WRT for Linksys, Buffalo and other routers. He also wrote the Fon-disavowed “Fonadvanced” firmware for Linksys and Buffalo routers.
The installation must be done manually, in multiple steps, and the features are still very basic. One feature familiar to DD-WRT users, is allready working: a “client” mode which allows the router to work in reverse, by attaching to *another* wifi hotspot and providing internet service to computers connected to it’s ethernet cable. Sort of like an external wifi adapter, but with an ethernet jack instead of USB. That feature alone could make the La Fonera router much more useful as a “booster” where there is wifi nearby, but too far for a laptop to pick up with it’s own internal antenna. A pair of La Foneras might even be combined to create cheap wifi “range extenders”!
I think it’s extremely well established that censorship will only draw more attention to issues which Fon fears. Why on earth couldn’t moderfon simply follow up the original post by saying “It will violate your Fonero Promise to use DD-WRT firmware” instead of deleting it But the fact that there is a version of DD-WRT for the La Fonera router is news, not a broken promise!
I’m keeping my eyes open for confirmation that it has a web-based configuration interface and support for multiple SSIDs. It may also be desirable to have Chilispot aboard so that the router can continue to serve as a Fon hotspot using the more versatile firmware. We want to share our wifi. We just don’t accept Fon’s continuing push to eliminate our control of equipment on our premises.