The new FCC rules are meant to limit interference and target third-party firmware because it allows users to modify their radio frequency parameters. While the FCC requirements don’t actually block third-party firmware, it’s much easier for a router manufacturer to comply with the ruling by blocking out custom firmware like OpenWRT or Tomato altogether than it is to test that firmware for compliance.

This is one of the major learning points for OSS – compliance is incredibly important for widespread adoption, even if it is boring to implement, like documentation