To me, sell @ Radio Shack = consumer = unique connector, sell @ Tessco = professional = standard connector.


It IS a hard thing to enforce. It was written assuming good intent by the manufacturers. It's been the case that some manufacturers have had to change from standard connectors to unique connectors, and some "unique" connectors became not unique enough for the FCC's taste.

I was told once what the distinction was that the FCC uses between unique and standard RF connectors... but I was asked not to make it public. It's amusing, and simple.



On Jan 26, 2006, at 14:09, Tom DeReggi wrote:

Thanks. I was not aware of that.

Does that mean that once a manufacturer installs a N connector on their gear, it no longer is allowed to be sold at Radio Shack or Walmart. Does that Mean WiMaxwill never be allowed to be sold at Walmart legally? Does this mean that oncethey add an N connector they are no longer allowed to sell it to a municipality (an end user) unless they sell it through a reseller/consultant that will provide the work? Who is to define who is the general publicversus skilled engineer? And is thisdetermined by the purchaser or the distributor? If sold through Tessco a company specializing in dealing with RF specialists, can the end user buy it from them, if the sales rep decides to sell to a home person? Does it mean it can't be distributed through Radio Shack if they have a policy to check that the buyer is a professional installer? Linksys sells both to consumers and RF specialists. If one product is labeled as"consumer line" or labeled "professional series", even if its the exact same product, does it define its right to use N connector? I think there are simple ways to answer those questions, when everyone is working in good faith. But if it ever came push to shove, it would be a hard thing to enforce.

Tom DeReggi
RapidDSL & Wireless, Inc
IntAirNet- Fixed Wireless Broadband

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