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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Boycot D-Link products
by Berend de Boer on Sun 9th Apr 2006 19:40 UTC
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As (potential) buyers of D-Link products we should boycot the product unless this issue is resolved. Stores should refuse to stock it.

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RE: Boycot D-Link products
by Celerate on Sun 9th Apr 2006 21:19 in reply to "Boycot D-Link products"
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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. I do not know how legit these claims are, but I do know that if I want to buy a router up here I have one choice (two if a refurbished router becomes available) choices.

That said I bought a D-Link DI-524 wireless router long before hearing about the bad wrap they got, I had trouble with it right away because I upgraded the firmware from the site and after that it wouldn't run 24 hours without cutting in and out. I contacted their tech support and they didn't know what was wrong, months later I was still searching Google out of frustration and finally I came across the answer, I had to use the firmware from because I lived in Canada and there were subtle differences in the firmware apparently. After switching over to the firmware from it started working reliably.

I did regret buying the router until I found out how to fix it, now it seems to work fine. I still think my next one will be a Linksys though, I have heard that those ones are pretty good and by sticking with one brand name I'd be keeping myself ignorant. I also believe that it was negligent of D-Link not to have any mention on the product box, on their web site, or in the browser interface, that the firmware for the wireless routers was different for countries other than the US.

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RE: Boycot D-Link products
by DuuudeDK on Tue 11th Apr 2006 07:52 in reply to "Boycot D-Link products"
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Please let D-Link know that you'll not buy any of their products unless they settle this issue and holds PHK economical undamaged now and in the future regarding their abuse of his NTP server. I have emailed, to let them know that I'll not buy any more of their products (I admit to own 2 D-Link products, sorry) unless they settle this in a god manner.
Also, I suspect a lot of OSnews readers are somehow involved in helping family/friends buying computer equipment. Let D-Link know that we'll ditch their products and not buy anymore for friends/family until this is settled in a decent manner.

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