[Battlemesh] What hardware still works?

fboehm fboehm at aon.at
Tue Mar 1 17:50:44 CET 2016

Am 01.03.2016 um 17:39 schrieb Jonathan Morton:
>> On 1 Mar, 2016, at 18:25, Antonio Quartulli <a at unstable.cc> wrote:
>>> In PCs, the wireless radio is typically on a daughtercard which is certified separately - even when it’s a softmac like ath9k, and the retail product in question is a complete motherboard or even laptop with “integrated wifi”.  Obviously, you can easily change the software drivers on a PC, including putting in a replacement regulatory database (or simply changing the regulatory-domain setting), but somehow that doesn’t invalidate the entire PC’s certification.
>> Are you 100% sure that this does not invalidate the *new* FCC regulation? As far
>> as I understood, then vendor/provider of the final product is responsible for
>> making sure that the user can't violate any regulation.
> I’m 100% sure that if such a regulation were passed and enforced (which hasn’t happened yet, and almost certainly won’t), then it would effectively outlaw ordinary PC laptops from having wifi.  The outcry over *that* would be epic.
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I'm sure the notebook manufacturer does the FCC testing for the whole 

The fact that the wireless card passed a FCC test itself makes it easier 
for the notebook manufacturer. But it doesn't mean that he can get rid 
of doing the certification process again.

There might also be differences in the certification process if a device 
is considered an access point (master) or client device (station).


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