Hacking the FON router

Wrt54Gl
Steve writes – “I’ve just received my $25 Linksys WRT54GL from FON, as part of their promotion, and have gone through the code to find out how it phones home to let FON know it’s connected. The article I’ve linked to here is what I’ve found out – mainly that the router they supply sends a heartbeat with its MAC address to a URL at fon.com.”Link.

8 thoughts on “Hacking the FON router

  1. So if I understand correctly this router is not reflashable, you can’t put Open-WRT on it. Oh well, I’d like to see someone get around the firmware and make this thing usable outside the corporate bubble.

  2. Nope – it is reflashable. The FON software is based on OpenWRT. This includes the admin panel’s ‘update firmware’ page, which I used about four minutes after unpacking it.

    (I wrote the article linked to.)

    The thing is, FON want you to use this with FON and threaten to take their ball home if you won’t play their game. So, if you feel so inclined, you can send fake heartbeats back to them, based off a cron job or whatever, to make them feel all warm. Meanwhile you open it up and fit a SD card reader, and get up to high jinks =)

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