Project: Router manufacturer Icotera liked at ANGACOM 2024 conference the idea of having their devices supported by OpenWrt

After some talking with all staff members at https://icotera.com/about/events/2024/anga-com-2024 they seem to be open to OpenSource firmware development. Because they are a small hardware development team, they told to not have the capacity of doing independent OpenWrt development work, but would be happy to support the community to add OpenWrt support for their devices.

Why this is something special, when there is for example already GL.iNet? Because of the point where icotera as a company is at the moment. They do not have the support capacity of selling the devices to end customers at the moment. The devices go in most cases to ISP's. Thats why when you visit the website of icotera, you wont find a firmware download link.
Icotera management is in denmark, the (hardware-)service is done partly in poland and they have a sales team for example in germany to get into the german ISP market.

The hardware is out there in the wild. But if you have the hardware, then you currently have to rely on the ISP for software support. The combination of ISP delivered hardware and OpenWrt community support would be something special.
And of course when you change the ISP or even the country you live in, OpenWrt support would make a universal use of the hardware possible and reduce e-waste.

At the conference they have advertised to be eco friendly and to be "DIY". And the most eco friendly and DIY thing would be when there is a firmware you could use for any usecase with already produced hardware. For example advertised here https://icotera.com/about/esg
At the end of the conference icotera donated the food leftovers to https://foodsharing.de/

Their fiber network termination hardware is also interesting to get OpenWrt on it sometime in the future.

Their Wifi 6 hardware is based on quantenna that is known to not be working anyhow good with free software: https://git.openwrt.org/?p=openwrt%2Fopenwrt.git&a=search&h=HEAD&st=commit&s=quantenna
But their upcomming Wifi 7 hardware is Qualcomm based: https://icotera.com/about/news/2024/icotera-selects-qualcomm-for-next-generation-wi-fi-7-portfolio
And they are open in donating hardware for supporting the OpenWrt development.

This and maybe adding adding support for their older non-quantenna hardware could be a interesting starting point.

At first there would be the try to add the hardware to the OpenWrt database: https://openwrt.org/toh/views/toh_extended_all
Because like the most regular network hardware companies they do not advertise the SoC, WiFi chipsets, ROM size, RAM size and so on.

Some negative side note from the ANGACOM 2024: Draytek told they do not like OpenSource software. They do not like to have to release even a tiny part of any code. They are not interested in being supported by OpenWrt and would at best get somehow around in not having to release the Linux sourcecode they have to release now because of GPL :frowning_face:

This is not the first step at all.

Check Criteria for adding devices to the ToH carefully.

The criteria is known. The idea is to add as much usable information to the entries as possible like in best case for example PCB-pictures and OEM bootlogs. Of course this include the 'Fundamental hardware information'.

On one hand, I applaud the initiative to reach OpenWrt and offer collaboration in gaining support for a new device. On the other hand, your post looks to me like a Icotera representative trying to pass as a on external bystander, and that would not be very honest from Icotera.

Anyway, my two cents here is to make public as much information as you can. Since ISPs can build software on your platform, start with publishing the same info you would give to one of your customers.

If there are developers interested in your devices, they will ask for sample units.

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