WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) — TP-Link will settle for
$200,000 after allegations certain Wi-Fi routers sold by the company were not
in full compliance with rules pertaining to power levels, the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC) has announced.
TP-Link allegedly marketed select Wi-Fi router models that
had a user setting which violated Section 15.15(b) of the commission’s rules. The
setting allowed users to operate the router at power levels exceeding those
approved by the FCC.
TP-Link has fully cooperated, agreed to pay $200,000 and
implement a program ensuring future compliance with FCC rules and regulations. The
company has taken measures to stop the sale of non-compliant units as well,
while agreeing to work with the open-source community and Wi-Fi chipset
manufacturers to let customers install third-party firmware on their routers.
“The commission’s equipment rules strike a careful balance
of spurring innovation while protecting against harmful interference,” saidTravis
LeBlanc, chief of the Enforcement Bureau. “While manufacturers of Wi-Fi
routers must ensure reasonable safeguards to protect radio parameters, users
are otherwise free to customize their routers and we support TP-Link’s
commitment to work with the opensource community and Wi-Fi chipset
manufacturers to enable third party firmware on TP-Link routers.”