TP-Link settles with the FCC over WiFi router power levels2016-08-02 02:54 by Daniela
Tags: TP-Link, FCC, router
The FCC's Enforcement Bureau has reached a settlement with router manufacturer TP-Link over investigation of some WiFi routers, which the company shipped to the U.S.
Those routers allowed users to set them at higher power than allowed by changing the country code setting. This is against the FCC's rules on power levels that prevent against adjacent-channel interference.
"The Commission's equipment rules strike a careful balance of spurring innovation while protecting against harmful interference," said Travis LeBlanc, Chief of the Enforcement Bureau. "While manufacturers of Wi-Fi routers must ensure reasonable safeguards to protect radio parameters, users are otherwise free to customize their routers and we support TP-Link's commitment to work with the open-source community and Wi-Fi chipset manufacturers to enable third-party firmware on TP-Link routers."
As part of the settlement, TP-Link will have to pay a $200,000 civil penalty, to remove the aforementioned settings and to work with open source developers and chipset manufacturers to allow consumers to install third-party firmware on the routers.
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