Well here’s a novel concept:
Uh Clem. a former Belkin wireless router user, was perplexed to find machines on his network redirected to an ad for Belkin’s new parental control system, following a software update.
Clem initially thought that the browser setting on the machine he downloaded the updated software had been changed. But when other machines displayed the same behaviour he realised his router was to blame.
The router would grab a random HTTP connection every eight hours and redirect it to Belkin’s (push) advertised web page.
Not content to inundate prospective customers with pop-up ads and automatically enroll existing ones in “opt-out” newsletters and updates, companies are now inserting advertising that actually impedes the function of their products.
As for me, I’ll never buy another Belkin product again. And you’d do well to steer clear of Belkin too if you expect your routers to, you know, route data.