EFF’s Open Wireless Router Balances Security With Availability, Conquering One Wireless Network At A Time

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EFF’s Open Wireless Router Balances Security With Availability, Conquering One Wireless Network At A Time

Looking for a best-in-class router offering an open wireless network without sluggish internet speeds? Look no further. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a digital rights organization, is making great strides with Open Wireless Router, experimental wireless software designed to add new capabilities to existing routers. The router, in its alpha release phase, is designed to support secure, open wireless networks.

What makes this router so special? Other routers are easily overloaded with internet traffic and face constraints with bandwidth. They are also susceptible to hacks, as a potential attacker can very easily mimic a guest wireless SSID username and password through a man-in-the-middle attack.

EFF’s Open Wireless Router addresses shortcomings of other routers through the use of EAP-TLS encryption, allowing certificate-based encryption for a secure connection. This capability allows individuals to open up their wireless network for guests, without handing out their valuable SSID username and password credentials.

Launched at the Hackers on Planet Earth conference in July, the Open Wireless Router firmware project is mainly targeted to developers and hackers that can assist with finding bugs and making tweaks to the overall software.

Along with the router’s obvious security benefits, the firmware promises improved network stability and performance. The product will be tested this month at the DefCon hacking conference, as hackers will seek to exploit vulnerabilities in the software.

As WiFi hotspots are steadily blanketing our nation, the goal is to balance security with widespread availability of internet connectivity. The Open Wireless Router seems to conquer both just fine.