I'm new here in the forum and I've been using OpenWRT a long time ago - in those good old times, when you were still able to increase transmission power.
So here my critical voice on Open WRT regarding the implementation of TX power increase.
In the US I doubt that there is any road where you are allowed to go with more than 85 miles per hour - I think this is about 137 km/h - so really slow . But it is still alowed to produce cars (hardware), that can go faster than that. And even worse, they are not only produced, but even sold in a state, were they can go up to more than 350 km/h. Some car producers (BMW, Mercedes, Audi ...) restrict the max speed of their cars to 250 km/h (via software) - which is still slightly above the US speed limit. And guess what - these cars are still allowed to be sold and bought in the US.
Of course this is forbidden for the user of a car and everyone is aware of the regulation. The same applies to many other countries (except Germany, where on some highways there is no speed limit (although insurance does not cover accident cost in case you go faster than a "recommended" speed).
- why do you restrict the capabilities of the hardware (many routers are able to provide 1000 mW TX power) to 1/10 - potentially slightly more? Is there a regulatory need for open source software or is it anticipatory obedience?
- Why is it not respected, that a router might be "driven" in a country, where no speed limit applies? Is this the reason, why the Brazil/Lithuania and other countries limits of 1W do not work?
- Why do you assume, that users are basically irresponsible people - that do not apply to regulatory requirements? Do you want to protect these dummies from themselfes?
I'm aware, that US regulations try to rule this world, but please get back to the roots, where it is the people who make decisions, what is right and what is wrong for them. And of this does not meet regulatory restrictions it is a topic up for discussion and improvement.
Just imagine, that hundreds or thousends of year ago there would have been a regulation, that any construction similar to a wheel is forbidden. Imagine everyone would have accepted this regulation - good by current world.
Kick out the regulatory anticipatory obedience that rules OpenWRT regarding TX power. Leave it to the responsibility of the users - as car manufactureres also leave it to the drivers respnsibility how fast they drive their car. Consult car accident statistics to find out how many accidents are coused by speeding and how many by driving drunk ...
Please share you opinion on this topic - I'm mor ethan open for any discussion on this topic!