airMAX FCC / UNII Updates -- Lower Band Activation Process
on 05-29-201504:40 PM - last edited on 09-23-201606:13 PM by UBNT-James
We've recently begun getting approvals on the airMAX products for the new FCC UNII rules. This opens up additional 5GHz spectrum which can be used for PTP or PtMP applications. Because the products were previously approved under the older DTS rules, the new approvals require a new FCC ID. The FCC requires that any products must have the updated FCC ID on the label prior to enabling the UNII bands.
New devices in production will begin shipping with the new FCC ID and the new UNII rules applied out of the box.
For any customers that have previously shipped products with the older FCC IDs, we will allow to request replacement product labels, which we'll prepare and ship free-of-charge to our customers.
Requesting Updated FCC Labels
To request labels for your company, please use the following form:
Once the information is submitted, we will mail the labels and an activation code to you. Notes:
Each company will receive one activation code; this activation code may be used on all devices.
The devices do not need an internet connection in order to be activated.
At the time of this posting not all products listed on the request site have obtained all approvals. We wanted to allow customers to request labels in advance so they can be prepared once the approvals are granted and firmware is ready.
Updated UNII Bands
Beginning June 2016, all products shipped must be approved under UNII rules; no products previously approved under DTS rules are allowed to be sold/marketed by any vendors. However, any products already installed and operating under DTS rules are grandfathered in, and still allowed to operate under previous rules.
Due to the new OOBE requirements, 5.8GHz EIRP limits with the new UNII rules are lower than the previous DTS rules. Please keep this in mind and exercise caution before activating the UNII bands on existing longer distance links.
This applies only to US/FCC. Canada/IC rulings have not been finalized yet, but will have final rules soon.