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comment by rrrrr

If this prompts enough warranty claims maybe the manufacturers will gain an incentive to improve security on their devices?

kleinbl00  ·  394 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It's literally the difference between having a password to get your customers into their routers when they fuck up and forget their own and not.

rrrrr  ·  394 days ago  ·  link  ·  

There has to be another option other than either having a hardcoded master password or being unable to help customers back in once they mess up.

If you've messed up the device a physical hard reset button would do the trick. But it would be a pain for anyone who just forgot a password and doesn't want to lose settings.

So how about a physical "reset my password" button? Press it and the next time you connect over the LAN it forces you to choose a new password, but doesn't erase your settings. Wouldn't that work and eliminate the need for a hardcoded master password?

Disclaimer: I may fall into your "nerd" category. But I still like devices that just work without 8 hours of setup.

kleinbl00  ·  394 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I've got a couple Netgear Nighthawks. One of them is running Advanced Tomato.

If I want to get in to the Netgear firmware using an admin password, I have to hit a button. If I want to get into Advanced Tomato, I don't.

I don't need to hit a button to install Advanced Tomato over the Netgear.

And I'm not an expert. I'm a dude who can follow directions. I, too, like devices that just work without 8 hours of setup - but generally, those are the ones that IT guys slag on you for running.