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We need a "Just Shoot Me" Category.  I could fill it up 😃 

I found myself facing a dilemma and would like to hear your thoughts on what you might do in a  similar situation, or perhaps you had to navigate something like this ~ how did you handle it?
Do you think your actions help you or hurt you?

I have been working on configuring a network, and all the equipment came from China.  (As in, Chinese brands that aren't known outside the pacific rim)

Toe-may-toe, toe-mah-toe.... as long as the CLI is in English, I'll get it done.  😃

I started playing with the wireless controller and one of the "extra" wireless access points. (Why there are extras is a whoooooooooole 'nother story... lol)

I pay attention to little details.  So when I started to see things that didn't look "typical", I started researching the controller and access points, and figured out that the access points weren't meant for sale outside China.  I was able to get the manufacturer to state that "the access points weren't really meant for sale outside China, although they may do so in the future"  A really lame affirmation that we shouldn't have them, but it's all I could get.

I learned a lot about wireless devices (and realized I know so little! lol) but can't really hold a conversation about frequencies and side-bands, etc.  (I could listen and probably understand a decent amount, though)

Legally, any wireless device sold in the US must be certified* by the FCC.  After a device is certified, it must be labeled with it's FCC ID.  It's an "F" and then two "C's" that are spooning [tongue]

These access points are not certified.  That makes them illegal to operate here in the US.

So I gather up my observations and present it to my "boss."
He says I shouldn't worry about that and to just config them as planned.
Because I'm not well-versed in the physics of wireless signals, I can't provide any "here's what would happen if you did" type of info.  All I can provide is "it's not legal."  Heck, I can't even tell them they'd get found out, because I have no idea.

What would you do?



*I learned that the certification is NOT just a stamped document.  The manufacturer sends the FCC a sample device and the FCC tests it to ensure it doesn't do anything it shouldn't, and does what it should.  They also take it apart and photograph everything.  The manufacturer must also provide to the FCC all the documents that a user would receive.  Warranty, user manual, technical details, etc.

(You can find devices on this site:
Scroll down to the "Search Anything" box.   It's on my list of websites for "How to have fun when you're a geek")


If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.


Grumpy Old Men
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This gives general information. Bottom line is it is illegal to import non-certified equipment unless it is for demo or testing purposes. Most FCC standards involve interference, harmonics, and proper channel (freq) ranges for devices.,Section%202.1204%20(see%20Question%203

The problem with troubleshooting is that trouble shoots back. ~Author Unknown

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While I agree with Mike, you still need to get paid and pay bills.

Its a few weeks since the call, so you've a fair few hours invested in this.
Email the boss about the issue, if you haven't done so already.
Get the work done and get paid.

I suspect herman and others will get him into far more trouble that some WAPs.

Have you tried turning it off and walking away? The next person can fix it!

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