Over the last few weeks a discussion has flourished over the FCC’s Notification of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) on modular transmitters and electronic labels for wireless devices. Some folks have felt that the phrasing has been too Chicken-Little-like and that the FCC’s proposal doesn’t affect the ability to install free, libre or open source operating system. The FCC in fact says their proposal has no effect on open source operating systems or open source in general. The FCC is undoubtedly wrong.
Be sure to actually read the article.
One of the arguments made in the article is: what if your one watt (the legal max) wireless router suddenly began transmitting at 1000 watts? Okay. I don’t think that can happen without modding the router. I don’t believe that manufacturers leave any money on the table when designing electronics. Can third party firmware push the power output past its design limits without distorting the signal beyond usability? I’d like to know how and if this would be possible. Any ideas on this?