Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 9th Apr 2006 12:49 UTC, submitted by rycamor
Legal FreeBSD developer Poul-Henning Kamp (PHK) happens to run a tier-1 NTP server, intended only for use by ISPs' main servers in Denmark, and specifically not intended for individual client connections, not to mention client connections from anywhere else in the world. He offers this service pro bono to ISPs. Unfortunately, D-Link has decided to abuse the open nature of the NTP protocol and has actually hard-coded PHK's server hostname in the firmware of several of their home network products. Since contacting D-Link yielded no results, PHK went public.
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Sole experience with D-Link
by snozzberry on Mon 10th Apr 2006 16:27 UTC
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I installed a D-Link USB wifi dongle on my Mac. In three years of running OS X, the only kernel panic I ever got was from unplugging the dongle while the machine was still on, which strongly suggests they used kernel extensions against Apple's programming guidelines.

D-Link's technical support guarantees you're talking to a flipchart reader who not only cannot answer your question, but is under orders not to connect you with someone who could. The only reason their crap is sold in Apple stores is because no one else writes OS X drivers for USB wifi dongles.

In Yellowknife I have found several stores who only stock D-Link. I asked one store why and they said that they got too many complaints of Linksys products not cooperating with other devices made by different companies.

Ask the man in that store how it is that wardriver logs identify 50-60% of the visible wireless networks in my city as Linksys products (by MAC address range, not ESSID) if they're so problematic. And I live in rural Arizona. Borrow a laptop from a friend and run Netstumbler/iStumbler to prove the point if you have to.

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