Well, you have to understand that the majority of buyers which these consumer devices are targeted at don't even know their router is running Linux, let alone care about what version the kernel is. All they want is an AIO device that allows them to share internet access at home among all their home devices and is easy to set up. So brands like Asus, Netgear, TP-Link etc. just give them what they want and everyone is happy.
For those who care about kernel versions, there's always openwrt. From the openwrt and dd-wrt forums, I see that most people are running these firmware on consumer type devices, even though those firmware also support some ubiquiti and mikrotik devices. At work, we have RHEL6 servers that have kernel 2.6 and they are still chugging along just fine. RHEL7 has a "less-ancient" 3.10 kernel. Also, it's not that Asus are lazy to update the kernel but their hands are tied because the chip vendor broadcom has sdk that specifies certain kernel. I heard the ctf kernel module will break if you even update it to a later 2.6 kernel (for AC68U).
There's market for consumer type devices, and there's market for ubiquiti and mikrotik devices.
Hi alll. Anyone know if there’s a way to switch the region of my RT-AC87U? I bought it in Japan and using in Singapore. I see only Japanese for the admin page, and my 5 GHz only limited to those allowed in Japan.
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