[Noisebridge-discuss] FCC part 15 rules

Adrian Chadd adrian.chadd at gmail.com
Tue Dec 8 16:33:49 UTC 2015

The FCC requires certification for the entire product, including
antenna and assembly. It's not just the module.

They've not cracked down on a lot of small maker projects that don't
do this, mostly because those maker projects aren't being idiots by
blatantly flaunting the rules. But if you plan on selling it widely
you have to get it certified.

(You have to get things certified for non-wifi EMR anyway, so...)


On 8 December 2015 at 08:16, Matt Stone <matthew.d.stone at gmail.com> wrote:
> Does anyone know the official rules regarding when an intentional radiator
> device goes from needing modular approval to full certification?
> For instance, SparkFun can sell this:
> https://www.sparkfun.com/products/12577?gclid=Cj0KEQiAnJqzBRCW0rGWnKnckOIBEiQA6qDBagtXIWulWzxrM7q1CpxuZ8mBRBk3jDZmXvuDJ7y6k4caAtJR8P8HAQ
> Obviously that isn't a complete system, and only has modular approval.
> If I make a device based on it, at some point I need to get full
> certification.
> I'm trying to find and understand the line which causes that to happen,
> ideally to make a device/system that doesn't cross that line to avoid full
> certification costs and time.
> Thanks in advance,
> Matt
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