Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Power Increases for UK Wi-Fi Rejected

In July 2006 Ofcom initiated a consultation on higher power limits for license exempt devices. One idea was that rural devices could have higher power limits. I'm not sure what Ofcom were thinking here, but I thought this was clearly unworkable:

  1. The increased interference on Bluetooth would make rural areas no-go regions for hands-free users;
  2. Wi-Fi devices would have to be location aware in order to meet standards.
  3. Consumers in rural areas don't need higher power. Current power restrictions allow standard Wi-Fi devices to cover a standard house and even larger houses can be covered by WDS compatible APs.
  4. Wi-Fi hotspot providers can use mesh.

Thankfully common sense has prevailed and they have rejected increasing the power limits for 2.4 GHz.

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