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TP-LINK Statement and FAQ for Open Source Firmware


The FCC requires all manufacturers to prevent user from having any direct ability to change RF parameters (frequency limits, output power, country codes, etc.) In order to keep our products compliant with these implemented regulations, TP-LINK is distributing devices that feature country-specific firmware. Devices sold in the United States will have firmware and wireless settings that ensure compliance with local laws and regulations related to transmission power.


As a result of these necessary changes, users are not able to flash the current generation of open-source, third-party firmware. We are excited to see the creative ways members of the open-source community update the new firmware to meet their needs. However, TP-LINK does not offer any guarantees or technical support for customers attempting to flash any third-party firmware to their devices.




Why is TP-LINK limiting the functionality of its routers?

TP-LINK is complying with new FCC regulations that require manufacturers to prevent certain firmware customizations on wireless routers.


How can I legally boost my router’s performance?

TP-LINK offers a selection of powerful Wi-Fi range extenders to boost signals into more areas of a home or office.


Does the regulation apply outside the U.S.?

This particular regulation affects routers marketed and sold in the U.S.


Does the regulation affect other manufacturers?

Yes, the regulation affects all manufacturers marketing routers in the U.S.


Does the regulation apply to routers produced before June 2016?

No. Effective June 2, 2016, manufacturers may only market routers in compliance with FCC regulation.


How may consumers voice their concerns with the regulation?

The FCC provides an open forum for consumers to make comments.