Since the beginning the Access Point market has used tight controls to ensure they follow all applicable laws for RF broadcasting. Even in the era of software defined radios, export compliance requires strict adherence to country laws. This is why AP’s from Cisco have had part numbers applicable to various countries and regulatory domains. More part numbers often equates to more complication.
Now, with Cisco’s Universal Domain Access Points, you can order an AP that can be regulatory domain agnostic. This is a great blog From Sam Clement that describes how to tie a Universal Domain AP to a regulatory domain.
In the wireless world, we’re constrained by regulatory requirements. These are, at their core, different rules by which we must abide by when we’re operating wireless equipment. Each country has their own set of requirements and restrictions – each manifesting itself in some iteration of channel availability or power limitation of some sort. Until now, this meant that each country had to have it’s own regulatory SKU to prevent a wireless professional or other ‘non-professional’ installer from exceeding or violating that countries requirements. Cisco has worked around this particular issue with a universal SKU Access Point. In the past you would order a specific AP for a specific country. The astute Cisco-configurator would identify the country code in an AP model number (A for North America, N for Mexico, I for Egypt, etc.). The gory details of country code mapping changed occasionally which meant that it was almost a full…
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