Jorge, If I see wifi antenas as cars, I don't understand where the tracktor became involved?
My point is that where equipments have certain capabilities humans (so also WISP's! We're still human, although my wife dare to wonder at times!
) tend to use the max settings to give best results. Even if the law might state different.
Hence everywhere you'll find systems, instalations or in this respect radio's, used outside limits set by authorities. Some countries are more strickt than others though in maintaining the law.
(Spain, sometimes referred to as `cowboy countr' has little control systems in place to uphold the law.... Spain is beeing covered with a blanket of nano stations and ubnt Rockets in the towers by many providers. I'll bet ample of these are regulatory domain limited...
In regard to your remark about CE approval, these are type approvals for equipments. The whole idea is that if wifi equipments bare the approval mark, you can use them in the license exempt radio band they are made for. No need for permissions or to tell the authority where to put your wifi stuff ("Sir, left corner beside my TV set, is that ok?")
You should set your stuff to the country where you use it and the better stuff than even gives you the option to set all cable losses and antenna gains so you can legally use the max. that is allowed and be a nice law abiding citizen.
Sadly enough wifi operators as us can't build networks this way profitably. Legal 5Ghz (and 2,4Ghz) is just not good enough to build wider area covering networks. Still they pop up like mushrooms everywhere.... how come? If you turn it around. If all providers in this country would work according the reg. domain settings, 3/4 will probalby loose so many clients they'd go bankrupt overnight.....
I really appreciate you giving us the info on the regulations and the different EN docs, saves me a lot of searching. Knowing what is allowed and what is not is always a great asset if you are trying to stay within the law, or it is nice to know exactly when you are not....
But to be honest, inspection of a local radio authority to see if I use a proper fishrod is of a far lesser worry to me then my competition fishing in my pond with handgranates....
(Oh yeah, the handgranates have been reported. As reward we have been questioned about the size of the hooks we'd use...... Waste of time and energy....)
So, in respect of this all I see to my frustration more and more cheap but powerfull radio's becoming available and taken in use by many parties. Where some years ago I could easily run a 5ghz network without too much problems, one of my main day to day network management tasks is keeping my networks as free of interferences and degrading due this as possible. So, I welcome these new frequencie becoming available. I'm going to use them as soon as I can. Bu it only buys me one or two more years before yet again the spectrum is filled.
(802.11ac is going to be used for backhauls. One of its practical limits, available bandwith, is by this extra spectrum, reduced. So it becomes more attractive to use it, and so it will. Within 2/3 years we are all screaming for more spectrum yet again.....)
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Rudy R. Puister
WISP operator based on MT routerboard & ROS.