Meeting FCC Requirements for<br>Wi-Fi 6E/7 with Accurate Geolocation

We’re excited to share that we’ve co-authored a white paper with Bosch Sensortec on how to maximize transmit power for Wi-Fi 6E/7 while meeting FCC requirements. Here’s a preview:

Since the late nineties we have come to rely on Wi-Fi to wirelessly connect devices in the home, office and countless other locations using the unlicensed 2.4GHz or 5GHz spectrums. As devices with Wi-Fi capabilities continue to proliferate, the need for better connectivity and improved speeds grows. Meeting this need requires additional bandwidth.

Wi-Fi 6E/7 has been introduced by many countries to help meet the increased demand for reduced congestion, improved bandwidth and faster speeds. Wi-Fi 6E/7 expands the capabilities of Wi-Fi 6, enabling devices to operate in the unlicensed 6GHz spectrum where it makes use of super-wide channels that support greater capacity, lower latency, and increased throughput.

With an increased number of access points and devices operating across the 2.4GHz, 5GHz and 6GHz spectrums, interoperability and interference are two important factors that need to be addressed by device manufacturers and providers/operators of Wi-Fi access point networks. In addition to 6GHz Wi-Fi technologies, interference is a factor with other systems that rely heaviliy on the 6GHz, for example Point-to-point microwave and earth-to-satellite communications.

Managing the interference between Wi-Fi access points (APs) and other systems operating in the same 6GHz spectrum requires precise location data. This not only means knowing the AP position on the ‘horizontal’ X and Y axes but also understanding the vertical location of the AP. This is because Standard Power (SP) access points installed for either fixed indoor or outdoor operations are controlled by Automatic Frequency Coordinators (AFCs). To mitigate interference issues the frequencies and the point angle of the antenna systems are recorded and managed by the AFCs. Wi-Fi-6E/7 providers are required by FCC regulation FCC-20-51 to report the height above ground of Wi-Fi APs operating at the higher SP power level and in the 6GHz spectrum to the AFCs.

For access point installers and system operators, a solution that provides an automated method for recording the vertical location of the access points becomes critical to meeting the FCC requirement in a cost-effective manner.

Download the full white paper now and get all the details on successful deployment using accurate altitude data.