Thursday, August 22, 2019

5 GHz Wi-Fi Interference, FCC Issues Warning

The FCC Issued a public notice targeted at operators, manufacturers and marketers of wireless transmitters operating in the 5.25 GHz to 5.35 GHz and 5.47 GHz to 5.725 GHz band, commonly referred to as Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (UNII) devices. The most common consumer/commercial wireless product operating in these bands being 5 GHz Wi-Fi devices.

This FCC enforcement advisory explains what rules apply, what the U-NII operator should do to comply, and what manufacturers and retailers must do to comply. Retailers include both on-line (e.g. Amazon) and brick-and-mortar locations.

The advisory warns of significant penalties, not limited to substantial monetary fines, for operators, manufacturers and retailers for failure to comply with the Title 47, Part 15 rules.

The FCC advisory casts a large net and it squarely places the responsibility for compliance on the shoulders of not only the user and the manufacturer but also, as we are seeing more and more from the FCC, including online retailers of such devices.

Interference from non-compliant devices to Doppler weather radar stations, used by aviation to detect wind shear and other weather-related dangers, is potentially life threatening.

REF: FCC Public Notice DA 19-807