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    Sky Router new Firmware

    This is a discussion on Sky Router new Firmware within the Sky Router forums, part of the Sky Broadband help category; I thought the firmware used on the netgear router sky use was open source?...

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      Re: Sky Router new Firmware

      I thought the firmware used on the netgear router sky use was open source?


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      Re: Sky Router new Firmware

      Quote Originally Posted by Jas View Post
      Yeah i mean its all down to the router that the majority of problems occur.
      Really? I don't believe that there's any statistical evidence to support this assertion - just anecdote.

      Quote Originally Posted by Isitme View Post
      although the router belongs to you, the firmware/software within it belongs to Sky!
      Well, technically, the firmware is open source, but as NewsreadeR has said, you must nevertheless allow it to be updated by Sky.

      Quote Originally Posted by noomsybaby View Post
      From what I was reading either on this forum or some website, can't remember where, someone who had examined the startup scripts for the sky router found that it starts up a process that checks for updates against a particular dns address for (presumably) the update server (which currently doesn't resolve to anything hence no updated version yet !)

      So those using non-sky firmware would presumably be safe (but don't take my word for it!!) as its the router that goes looking for the update
      Correct, though equating "safe" with avoiding the update might be a misnomer as it is, after all, supposed to be all about fixing problems.
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      Re: Sky Router new Firmware

      I thought the firmware used on the netgear router sky use was open source?
      Just because it is open source does not mean that it is not owned by someone! It just means that the code is in the public domain and can be freely used in accordance with the regulations. Open source does not mean free!

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      Re: Sky Router new Firmware

      Quite right. I am just keen to ensure that anyone reading this didn't get the wrong impression. (If you read my post again, you'll notice that I didn't say it was free, so I don't fully follow your point I'm afraid.) Just for clarification:

      - The firmware is based on OpenWrt, whose distribution and license is covered by the GPL.
      - Sky's copyright will only extends to those components that Sky wrote (such as the app that checks for firmware updates). The rest will be copyrighted by the OpenWrt Project itself.
      - Additionally, Sky (rightly) don't make claim to the firmware ownership. However, they can insist that users allow it to be updated.

      I hope that clarifies my point.
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      Re: Sky Router new Firmware

      Mossy, my post wasn't aimed at you, the coolwelshblokes' post, which was my quote, seemed to imply that Sky had no control over it as it was 'open source' and could not be owned. As you point out, this is not the case. I may have interpreted his post incorrectly, if so, I apologise.

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      No no - my apology. It's my fault entirely for not reading the post. I'll get my coat...
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      Re: Sky Router new Firmware

      Nah it wasn't mossy - it was my fault




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      Re: Sky Router new Firmware

      Will changing the router admin password affect Sky's automatic firmware rollout?

      I'm guessing there may be a hidden built-in admin user that Sky use for these rollouts, I'm just curious...

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      Re: Sky Router new Firmware

      Don't know why anyone would want to prevent a firmware upgrade???

      The current version is bug ridden beyond belief!

      Ok that's not sky's fault because the netgear generic version is the same, if you do want to prevent it then just flash your router with the generic version then sky's firmware will be unable to install!

     

     
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