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MultiPoint Newsletter - January 2014

FCC Audit Sample Requests

Question: We recently received a request from the FCC for an audit sample. In addition to the device itself, what do we need to include in our shipment to them?

Answer: When the FCC requests a sample to be submitted for auditing purposes you must provide the following:

  • Audit test sample(s), including the following items, to enable the FCC to perform the audit testing:
    • All the necessary software, including any special software, keys, codes, or tools to set up the device in the appropriate test modes, including instructions for setting the device to transmit continuously.
    • All cables and instructions for testing conducted output power of all operating modes.
    • Chargers for battery-operated devices, sufficient to charge each type of battery, including each battery option. If the device only has one battery option, include two batteries.
    • For modules, a host device or test board, with instructions for the modules.
    • Related accessories for devices that require RF exposure evaluation (SAR) compliance testing, including all types of body-worn accessories (such as holsters, belt clips), and any other relevant accessories.
  • Labels – all devices and accessories provided to the FCC must be labelled with the exact FCC ID on the grant for your device, if it is for post-certification testing, or the exact FCC ID on the certification application form (Form 731) for your device, if it is for pre-certification testing.
  • Contact Information - the individual who received the audit sample request from the FCC must include his or her name, address, and telephone number so that the FCC can easily make contact with the responsible party in the event that the device malfunctions during testing, if it needs to be returned for repairs, or the FCC has questions.
  • Copy of Audit Sample Request Letter
  • Shipment Return Authorization Form (available through the link below) so that your device and other items provided can be returned to you.

The package should be addressed to the attention of the FCC employee whose name appears in the audit sample request letter, and be shipped to the FCC at the following address: Federal Communications Commission, 7435 Oakland Mills Road, Gate A, Columbia, Maryland 21046, USA, telephone 301-362-3000.

If you are a foreign applicant with an American subsidiary or agent, ship the package to your American subsidiary or agent and have them forward the equipment to the FCC, per the instructions above. If you do not have an American subsidiary or agent, make arrangements for the clearance of your shipment through U. S. Customs, delivery to the FCC Laboratory, and the return shipment to you. The FCC will not make delivery arrangements or pay any related charges associated with your shipment. For notification that the FCC received your equipment, you must contact your shipper for the delivery date.

For further information and instructions, including the FCC’s Return Authorization Form, please refer to 287378 D01 Equipment Shipping Instructions.

Please note that TCB’s can also request audit samples. In the event that you receive an audit sample request from a TCB, and not the FCC, you will still need to provide the items listed above, however your package must be shipped to the TCB contact name and address that appears in the audit sample request letter.


Requirements for UNII Client Devices without Radar Detection

Question: We have a UNII client device without radar detection capability in the 5.25 - 5.35 GHz and 5.45 - 5.725 GHz bands for which we will be seeking FCC certification. We are referencing Section 8 of the FCC’s published DFS Test Report Guidelines in MO&O FCC 06-96 (DFS Order). Is there additional Form 731 filing information required to get our device certified?

Answer: To obtain approval of your device as a UNII client without radar detection capability the device must be compliant with all the general requirements of clients as specified in , in addition to the appropriate technical requirements of .

Per 47CFR§15.202, a client device must rely on a master device to initiate a network, meaning that the client device cannot initiate, or be configured to initiate, any transmissions including transmissions from probes, beacons or support ad-hoc modes (or other peer-to-peer modes) of operation without permission from an approved master device with radar detection capability. This places certain restrictions on client devices, for example:

  • The operation of a client device as a Group Owner for Wi-Fi Direct or TDLS in the UNII bands is limited to only where it is either communicating with a device approved as a master according to the requirements of 47CFR§15.202, or the device is operating under control of an approved master. In the case of a device using IEEE 802.11 protocols, the device does not have to be associated with a master, but it must be listening to a master device on the same channel, and it must move channels when the master announces a channel move command.
  • Client devices cannot operate in Wi-Fi “hotspot” modes. Devices with “hotspot” capabilities must have DFS and radar detection capabilities.
  • See KDB Publication 594280 for further information and other considerations for client devices with software configurations.

In addition to the test report requirements stated in Section 8 (DFS Test Report Guidelines) in the DFS Order (FCC 06-96), refer also to KDB Publication 905462, the following information should be included in the test report:

  • Special case for IEEE 802.11ac clients operating with 80 MHz BW modes: Client devices with 80 MHz BW modes can be tested with an approved master operating in the 40 MHz BW mode. Test procedures for client devices with 80 + 80 MHz and 160 MHz BW modes must be approved using the permit-but-ask (PBA) procedures (KDB Publication 388624). This is an interim solution until approval of a few IEEE 802.11ac master devices with the various BW modes.
  • A test report attachment for the client operating in an associated mode as discussed above that includes documentation for the following:
    • Test results demonstrating that an associated client link is established with the master on a test frequency; if a client device operates in a “listen only” mode with a master without formally “associating” with it, the test report must include tests for such modes.
    • The device(s) must be tested with a master device operating in the same band and operation modes.
    • If two client devices can communicate directly with each other while maintaining an association with a master, or if the client operates on a frequency band while “listening” to a master, such modes must be tested with the master device active.
    • The client and DFS-certified master device are associated, and a movie can be streamed as specified in the DFS Order for a non-occupancy period test.
    • The test frequency has been monitored to ensure that no transmission of any type has occurred for 30 minutes. Please note that if the client moves with the master, the device is considered compliant if nothing appears in the client non-occupancy period test. For devices that shut down (rather than moving channels), no beacons should appear.
    • An analyzer plot that contains a single 30-minute sweep on the original channel.

The following documents must be submitted with the application as well:

  • A complete User Manual and/or Professional Installers Manual. If the manual is not yet complete, upload an initial manual with the application submission and then upload the completed User Manual as soon as possible thereafter.
  • A Statement of Conformity for the Client in Non-Associated mode. The Form 731 application must include a Cover Letter Attachment stating that the client software and associated drivers will not initiate any transmission on DFS frequencies without initiation by a master. This includes restrictions on transmissions for beacons and support for ad hoc peer-to-peer modes.
  • A channel/frequency plan for the device showing the channels that have active scanning or passive scanning. Active scanning is when the device can transmit a probe (beacon) and passive scanning is when the device can listen only without probes.
  • For client devices that have software configuration controls to operate in different modes (active scanning in some and passive scanning in others) or in different bands (devices with multiple equipment classes or those that operate on non-DFS frequencies), or modular devices that configure the modes of operation through software, the equipment authorization application must include a software and operations description that addresses how the software and/or hardware is implemented to ensure that proper operation modes cannot be modified by an end user or an installer. An attestation that the device complies with the requirements for software configuration control as discussed in KDB Publication 594280 is also required.

Signal Booster Definitions

Question: Does the FCC provide definitions on signal boosters that would help us in our testing and certification application report preparation?

Answer: The FCC issued 935210 D01 Signal Booster Definitions to provide additional guidance on basic definitions and various known types of signal booster devices in order to facilitate equipment authorization application filings for such devices under the FCC’s rules and regulations.

Annex A Booster, Amplifier, and Repeater Device Types and Configurations, provides supplemental information to assist in classifying devices based on two basic system block diagrams。 In cases where the guidance is not clearly applicable, you, your agent, or your test lab should submit a KDB inquiry providing details of your device in order to obtain guidance from the FCC。


Identifying Current Harmonized Standards

Question: We are a manufacturer of a wireless device operating in the 2.4 GHz band, and we wish to sell our device in Europe. We know that our device must meet the requirements of the European R&TTE Directive, consisting specifically of safety, radio and EMC requirements.

We understand the radio and EMC requirements, and the appropriate standards to use to show compliance, but we are a bit confused about the appropriate version of the safety standard (EN 60950-1) to use. We have reviewed the R&TTE harmonized standards from the “Official Journal of the European Union” (R&TTE OJ) released in October 2013, and are unsure which version and amendments of EN 60950-1 are applicable to our device.

Answer:斗地主达人 Currently, the only harmonized version of the standard is EN 60950-1:2006 + A11:2009 + A12:2011 + A1:2010.

To assist in your understanding of how to determine the appropriate standard versions as presented in the R&TTE OJ, we provide the following explanation:

The R&TTE OJ lists the various harmonized standards that may be used to declare compliance to the R&TTE Directive, and it also shows previous versions that may no longer be used to declare compliance, which are referred to as superseded standards.

The R&TTE OJ includes the following column headings:

  • Reference and title of the harmonised standard (and reference document)
  • Reference of superseded standard
  • Date of cessation of presumption of conformity of superseded standard

斗地主达人With respect to EN 60950-1, in the “Reference of superseded standard” column for the last three versions of EN 60950-1, “Note 3” states:

“In case of amendments, the referenced standard is EN CCCCC:YYYY, its previous amendments, if any, and the new, quoted amendment. The superseded standard therefore consists of EN CCCCC:YYYY and its previous amendments, if any, but without the new quoted amendment. On the date stated, the superseded standard ceases to give presumption of conformity with the essential or other requirements of the relevant Union legislation.”

The “Date of cessation of presumption of conformity of superseded standard” column indicates the date when the superseded standard can no longer be used to demonstrate conformity.

For example, EN 60950-1:2006 (without any amendments) ceased to give presumption of conformity 1 December 2010. From that date forward, the minimum harmonized standard was EN 60950-1:2006 + A11:2009 (which ceased to give presumption of conformity 24 January 2013).

EN 60950-1:2006 + A11:2009 + A12:2011 ceased to give presumption of conformity 1 March 2013.

Therefore, the only current harmonized version of the standard is EN 60950-1:2006 + A11:2009 + A12:2011 + A1:2010.


Standards Updates

EU: New CENELEC Standards Recently Released

This is a shortened list of the CENELEC standards published or made available during the past month:

  • - (12/13/2013) - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 2-27: Particular requirements for appliances for skin exposure to ultraviolet and infrared radiation
  • - (12/13/2013) - Thermocouples - Part 1: EMF specifications and tolerances
  • - (12/20/2013) - Cable networks for television signals, sound signals and interactive services - Part 8: Electromagnetic compatibility for networks
  • - (12/20/2013) - Alarm systems - Intrusion and hold-up systems - Part 2-7-1: Intrusion detectors - Glass break detectors (acoustic)
  • - (12/20/2013) - Alarm systems - Intrusion and hold-up systems - Part 2-7-2: Intrusion detectors - Glass break detectors (passive)
  • - (12/20/2013) - Alarm systems - Intrusion and hold-up systems - Part 2-7-3: Intrusion detectors - Glass break detectors (active)
  • - (1/10/2014) - Alcohol interlocks - Test methods and performance requirements - Part 1: Instruments for drunk-driving-offender programs
  • - (1/10/2014) - Alcohol interlocks - Test methods and performance requirements - Part 2: Instruments having a mouthpiece and measuring breath alcohol for general preventive use
  • - (1/10/2014) - Measuring relays and protection equipment - Part 127: Functional requirements for over/under voltage protection\
  • - (1/10/2014) - Household and similar electrical appliances - Safety - Part 1: General requirements

See for additional information.

EU: New ETSI Standards Recently Released

This is a shortened list of the new ETSI standards published during the past month:

  • - (December 2013) - Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); Definition of radio parameters
  • - (January 2014) - Electromagnetic compatibility and Radio spectrum Matters (ERM); Using the EN 301 489 series of EMC standards

See for additional information。

EU: New IEC Standards Recently Released

This is a shortened list of the new IEC standards published during the past month:

  • - (12/13/2013) - Corrigendum 2 - Explosive atmospheres - Part 0: Equipment - General requirements
  • - (12/13/2013) - Low-voltage switchgear and controlgear - Part 6-1: Multiple function equipment - Transfer switching equipment
  • - (12/13/2013) - Corrigendum 1 - Maritime navigation and radiocommunication equipment and systems - Digital interfaces - Part 1: Single talker and multiple listeners

See for additional information.

FCC - Upcoming Spring 2014 TCBC Workshop

The Telecommunications Certification Body Council (TCBC) will host its Spring 2014 Workshop from April 7 - 11, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland:

  • April 7, 2014 - Day 1 – Beginner TCB Training, for newbies
  • April 8-10, 2014 - Days 2-4 – regular 3 day TCB Council Workshop
  • April 11, 2014 - Day 5 – ISO Guide 17065 Training

As indicated by the schedule, the regular 3-day Workshop event will be bracketed by a day for beginner training and a day for ISO 17065 training. The Beginner Training day is geared for people who are new to the TCB programs, to provide a foundation of knowledge and resources to people who need to know what the TCBs do, and how to navigate the resources for information. If you plan on attending the beginner training, or sending someone from your company, you should contact Chris Harvey (contact information below) so that he may plan accordingly.

The ISO Guide 17065 Training day is geared to go into more detail of the new ISO Guide for Certification Programs than was provided in the October 2013 Workshop.

Additional details of the agendas for these sessions will be distributed as they are available. The registration structure will allow for people to register for any or all of the Workshop programs. Please save the dates, and look for further details in the months to come. Should you have any questions, contact Chris Harvey at 斗地主达人admin@tcbcouncil.org or call 443-622-3300.

Canada - RSS-Gen Draft Released for Comment

In December 2013, Industry Canada released . Industry Canada requested industry input on the draft by Thursday January 16, 2014.

Issue 4 of RSS-Gen has been entirely modified。 There are numerous changes to the content including the numbering of each section。 Consequently, not all changes may be captured in the following list of changes:

  • The title of the standard has changed from General Requirements and Information for the Certification of Radio Apparatus to General Requirements for Compliance of Radio Apparatus – Limits and Methods of Measurement
  • Section 3: Normative Reference Publications have been added
  • Section 4: Requirement for a waiver has been added
  • Section 5: The section on receiver requirements has been revised as per Regulatory Standards Notice 2012-DRS0126
  • Section 9: Requirements for license-exempt radio apparatus are now all included in one section of RSS-Gen, which is in addition to the specific requirements in a RSS-200 series standard
  • Section 8: Glossary of terms has been removed. Terms and definitions can be found in the normative references and related publications
  • Sections 2.4, 3, and 5 of issue 3 have been moved to RSP-100 issue 10

EU- EUANB Technical Guidance Note on Passive SWR Meters (TGN 19)

The European Union Association of Notified Bodies (EUANB) issued a , on the legal and technical requirements for passive SWR (Standing Wave Radio) meters sold as commercial products in a shop. TGN 19 was issued because it was unclear which legal requirement (i.e. EU Directive) should be applied to passive SWR meters sold as commercial products in a shop, and which conformity assessment procedures could be applied to prove compliance with those legal requirements.

A passive SWR meter is used to measure the SWR when a transceiver/transmitter is actually transmitting. It is typically placed between the transmitter and the antenna.

In early 2013, the R&TTE CA decided that passive SWR meters are to be considered as falling under the scope of the R&TTE Directive。 In order to assess whether a SWR meter complies with the essential requirements of the R&TTE Directive, it should be subjected to tests over a range of frequencies and at its rated maximum transmit power to ensure that the design is such that the conformity with the essential requirements is not compromised。

Australia – Guidelines Issued for 2.3 GHz Band

On December 12, 2013, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) issued the Radiocommunications Advisory Guidelines (Managing Interference to Spectrum Licensed Receivers — 2.3 GHz Band) 2013, which effectively revokes the Radiocommunications Advisory Guidelines (Managing Interference to Receivers — 2.3 GHz Band) 2009 [F2009L00277].  The 2.3 GHz band means the frequency band from 2300 MHz to 2400 MHz. These guidelines commence on July 25, 2015.

The purpose of these guidelines is to:

  1. manage in-band and out-of-band interference by providing compatibility requirements for registered fixed receivers operating under spectrum licenses issued for the 2.3 GHz band; and
  2. provide protection to radiocommunications receivers operating under spectrum licenses issued for the 2.3 GHz band from interference caused by radiocommunications transmitters operating under a class license, and from fixed transmitters operating under:
    • an apparatus license issued on or after the date on which these guidelines commence; or
    • a spectrum license where the transmitter is registered under Part 3.5 of the Act on or after the date on which these guidelines commence.

Manufacturer Impact/Challenges: These guidelines should be used by operators of spectrum licensed services, class licensed services and apparatus licensed services in the planning of services, or in the resolution of an interference case.

Link:

Ghana - New Type Approval Requirements

Ghana's Type Approval Authority, National Communications Authority (NCA), implemented new Type Approval requirements beginning January 1, 2014.

A summary of the new Ghana requirements is below:

  1. Type Approval applications in Ghana can no longer be submitted without a sample. Instead, one as-sold sample is required for every Type Approval application.
  2. NCA will disclose the following approved product information on their website:
    • Type of RTTE
    • Equipment category
    • Brand name
    • Manufacturer
    • Country of origin
    • Notes (free text field for additional information)
    • Operating frequency band
    • Radio frequency power of radio equipment
    • Transmission capacity
    • Modulation type
    • Firmware/Software Version
    • Certification Body name
    • Date of certification issue
    • EMC compliant standard
    • Radio compliant standard
    • Safety/Health compliant standard
  3. New labelling guideline: All Type Approved RTTE must have a legible label permanently affixed to the outside of the equipment. The label may also be affixed on the packaging and/or in the user manual if the equipment itself can't be labelled due to size or design reasons. The following equipment is exempt from labelling requirements:
    • Modular equipment
    • CE marked equipment or FCC Parts 15 and 18 approved equipment
    • IECEE CB SCHEME marked equipment
    • WiFi ALLIANCE marked equipment
    • WiMAX FORUM marked equipment
    • 3GPP marked equipment
    • Bluetooth marked equipment
    • UL Registered Component marked equipment

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