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Topic # 140674 17-Feb-2014 11:53 3 people support this post Send private message

An update on this project. I had a phone call with Telecom last week and got this official report:

"We have selected a couple of partners to work with at this stage for our crowd-sourced gateway.  We’re waiting for test units to arrive and will give another update once we have some timings to share."

Basically the project is still alive and from previous conversations Telecom got to the point where a couple of features weren't included because the OEM's roadmaps included them for later, so adding now would be extra cost for nothing really.

The feature list continues as specified in the previous update. There's still the intent to have a Telecom-supported version of the gateway and a community-led, open sourced firmware project.

The test units are being sourced and soon after Telecom gives the OK for those we will have some to distribute around as part of the project. As per the update this will be in the next update.






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  Reply # 988800 17-Feb-2014 12:19 3 people support this post Send private message

Great to see its alive and progressing!

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  Reply # 988810 17-Feb-2014 12:32 Send private message

Given that they're going to be using "off the shelf" routers that are already available from said manufacturers, how happy are the manufacturers going to be about open-sourcing their firmware?



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  Reply # 988814 17-Feb-2014 12:34 Send private message

They aren't exactly off-the-shelf. The reason some features aren't added is that hardware for this is coming later in the roadmap so adding then now would cost more than when integrated chipsets were available.





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  Reply # 988823 17-Feb-2014 12:51 Send private message

Happy to see an update, cheers for that : )

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  Reply # 988842 17-Feb-2014 13:06 One person supports this post Send private message

ChillingSilence: Given that they're going to be using "off the shelf" routers that are already available from said manufacturers, how happy are the manufacturers going to be about open-sourcing their firmware?


Asus, Netgear and Linksys all release models with semi supported open source firmware these days (typically based on openWRT).

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  Reply # 988847 17-Feb-2014 13:09 Send private message

I was wondering just the other day when the next update on this would happen.




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  Reply # 988864 17-Feb-2014 13:27 Send private message

Ragnor:
ChillingSilence: Given that they're going to be using "off the shelf" routers that are already available from said manufacturers, how happy are the manufacturers going to be about open-sourcing their firmware?


Asus, Netgear and Linksys all release models with semi supported open source firmware these days (typically based on openWRT).


Of course, this I am well aware of.

However, having a semi open-source OpenWRT firmware that's been hacked together by the community is quite different to having something "official" from the manufacturer, or firmware that has originally come from the manufacturer even if it has no official / ongoing support.

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  Reply # 989026 17-Feb-2014 16:35 Send private message

freitasm: They aren't exactly off-the-shelf. The reason some features aren't added is that hardware for this is coming later in the roadmap so adding then now would cost more than when integrated chipsets were available.


Does this mean that those features will be added before retail release?

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  Reply # 989207 17-Feb-2014 20:50 Send private message

I'm keen to see what they end up having as capabilities, given that USB3 and Wireless AC was basically standard across new CES products.

Take a look at the Almond+ if you want to see a cool cheap gigabit router running OpenWRT, to be released soon:
http://www.securifi.com/almondplus



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  Reply # 989216 17-Feb-2014 21:03 Send private message

Seem the Almond+ a few times before. So far, class as vaporware.




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  Reply # 989241 17-Feb-2014 21:42 Send private message

Ah, I forgot about this project until now! :D Would love to test one of these routers! :)




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  Reply # 993955 25-Feb-2014 10:50 Send private message

I've made a comment on one of the other threads - I don't believe that it is coincidental that we have these new "gateways" being discussed and built and now Telecom have advised they are going to launch a new TV delivery service. The question really is how the two will end up linked together!




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  Reply # 994554 26-Feb-2014 00:32 Send private message

I would love to test these routers on our network with some live customers and see what they think.




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