On Sun, 2006-01-29 at 18:40 -0500, Neil Cherry wrote:
Wireless is the one area that hits Linux (and I guess any of the
pretty hard. It has to do with the fact that the consumer wireless
stuff doesn't need a license at least up to certain power level. Once
you surpass that power level licenses are required. Most chips have
software controlled power levels and the the FCC has mandated that no
consumer can have control of a software controlled power. That could
let them use the consumer product where a license is required. I would
guess the the EU has the same problem.
I see you've mentioned something outside of the US (the EU), but I
wonder if buying an international product would be the answer? Although
most things here have their FCC information in the manual, the FCC has
no jurisdiction in my country, so different standards could apply.
I'd be surprised if most devices could generate enough power to be a
problem. And even if they couldn't, external amplifiers or better
antennas can increase their output beyond whatever software limits might
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