Wed. Jun 26th, 2019

The government shutdown is driving users to illegal router settings

The government shutdown is driving users to illegal router settings

On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission closed the majority of its operations, a result of the ongoing government shutdown. The FCC enforces the rules for all the wireless broadcasts in the United States, and many of most of its important enforcement mechanisms are now closed for the duration of the shutdown, which President Trump recently warned could last months or even years.

This means that — hypothetically! — if you wanted to illegally broadcast in violation of someone else’s spectrum rights, this would be the perfect time to do it.

There are a bunch of channels on a standard router, corresponding to overlapping portions of the 2.4GHz band. Generally, it’s recommended to set your devices to 1, 6 and 11 to maximize…

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Source: https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/5/18168660/government-shutdown-illegal-router-channel-13

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