The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has made a move such that the manufacturers will lock down (and have already started) all the wireless routers, which means we are not allowed (technically) to flash the router to install custom firmware like OpenWRT / DD-WRT / whatever. If you have purchased a new router after 2015 and if you tried to flash it and it returns an error, which means we cannot even proceed any further. Flashing the router with OpenWRT is the first step.
The FCC is an United States organization and does not have any powers outside their country, but still their move has made the manufacturers to lock down the routers world wide. This is completely unacceptable. In a developing country like ours, where people like us who are already being exploited by Internet Service Providers & other agencies due to FUP, Mass Surveillance, a threat of violating net neutrality & active censorship are just now getting started on the idea of building community owned collective networks and the ruling class just doesn’t allow? The 2.4GHZ and 5GHZ frequency band are already licence-free bands world wide, this move makes it obsolete. Those 2 bands are still license free, but we cannot make use of it for our purposes.
There has been a lot of campaigns, talks around it in the late 2015, I think, we all need to pressurize the manufactures or Govt. of India to make sure it doesn’t happen in India.
A post to read on this: http://www.metamesh.org/#!The-Lockdown-is-Here/ostn2/56c61ec00cf25df9371e8436
Please do comment on what we can do to prevent this from happening at India. The entire idea of meshnet is at stake.