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The growing significance of open source development is validated every day by flaws, back doors, and breaches reported in proprietary firmware with closed source code.
As digital privacy concerns have become a mainstream issue, large companies have begun to react and commit larger amounts of money and resources to open source projects as a way to crowd-source security development features. At FlashRouters we are on a mission to get consumers engaged in this process. Users should understand the benefits of using open source platforms and the need to promote investments in open source technologies and projects.
In June 2014, we implemented the FlashRouters Open Source Giving Program with a goal to raise a minimum of $15,000 for these underfunded but integral projects. With any router purchase, customers can choose a donation option between $1, $5, or $10 which FlashRouters will match 100%.
If we allow the best minds of the Internet a free look at the source codes of the platforms that run our lives, then this will largely prevent the government from inserting any backdoors or entry points into our personal networks. At a user level one of the best ways to establish a basic level of digital security is by installing open source firmware on the backbone of your home network, your wireless router.
With the purchase of a FlashRouter you get a choice of open source firmware options, as well as VPN service integration support for OpenVPN client network connections. This means any device in your home connected to this network will be secure with encrypted Internet traffic.
♦ DD-WRT Router Purchases - Donations will be split between the DD-WRT team.
♦ Tomato Router Purchases - Donations will be split between the Tomato team.
♦ Other Important Open Source Projects - Donations will also be given to the creator of MerlinWRT firmware, and to the OpenSSL team.
FlashRouters would also like to specifically thank and mention some of the superstars involved with the creation and maintenance of open source firmware. Brainslayer and Kong from the DD-WRT Team, Shibby and Toastman from the Tomato team, as well as Merlin from MerlinWRT provide invaluable contributions to the open source router development community, so kudos to them!
If there are any important contributors you feel that we have missed please be sure to let us know so we can add them into our list for donations.
It is also important to tip our hats to the major hardware players that develop wireless routers compatible with open source firmware in the first place. Asus, Linksys, Netgear, and TP-Link have actively embraced the idea of DIY router setups and without their continued research and development in wireless technology there would be no thriving open source firmware community.