[Noisebridge-discuss] FCC part 15 rules

Adrian Chadd adrian.chadd at gmail.com
Tue Dec 8 17:43:30 UTC 2015


On 8 December 2015 at 08:40, Matt Stone <matthew.d.stone at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> On Tue, Dec 8, 2015 at 8:33 AM, Adrian Chadd <adrian.chadd at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> The FCC requires certification for the entire product, including
>> antenna and assembly. It's not just the module.
>
>
> I understand this.  Modules can be pre-certified, and if you use a
> pre-certified module in your product (and follow its application notes) your
> certification time and costs are much smaller AFAIK.
>

Sure, mostly because in theory you should attach a non-rule-breaking
antenna and pass certification once.

>>
>>
>> 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.
>
>
> I'm not so sure about this.  I think boards meant for development are
> exempt, and I'm trying to find these rules in writing.

I'll go digging; I'm going through this at work atm.

(DDR clocks are amusing emitters.)


-a

>
>>
>> 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...)
>>
>>
>>
>> -adrian
>>
>> 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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