Fines for Selling an Unregistered Wireless Device

What happens if one sells, imports or uses non-compliant low-power transmitters?

The FCC rules are designed to control the marketing of low-power transmitters and, to a lesser extent, their use. If the operation of a non-compliant transmitter causes interference to authorized radio communications, the user should stop operating the transmitter or correct the problem causing the interference. However, the person (or company) that sold this non-compliant transmitter to the user has violated the FCC marketing rules in Part 2 as well as federal law.

The act of selling or leasing, offering to sell or lease, or importing a low-power transmitter that has not gone through the appropriate FCC equipment authorization procedure is a violation of the Commission’s rules and federal law. Violators may be subject to an enforcement action by the Commission’s Field Operations Bureau that could result in:

  • forfeiture of all non-compliant equipment
  • $100,000/$200,000 criminal penalty for an individual/organization
  • a criminal fine totalling twice the gross gain obtained from sales of the non-compliant equipment
  • an administrative fine totalling $10,000/day per violation, up to a maximum of $75,000

LG Electronics LCW-004

LG has received approval for a wireless device transmitting in the 2.4 GHz range identified as a “RF Transmitter” with a model number of LCW-004.

LCW-004 Barcode
Customer P/N 1601A0502-4F2D3D TWFB-E101D 001EB2B00339 Product Lot No 1301C0502
LCW-004 Circuit Board
KJ4-V-0-2 1619
LCW-004 Labeling
LCW-004 Labeling

PCB PN EAX66957201

Part Number PN: EBR820569

IFT : RCPLGAWxx-xxxx

LG also has Canadian and Korean approval for this device to transmit, IC 2703N-LCW004, KCC Approval MSIP-CRM-LGE-LCW-004

BluVision BLE to WiFi Gateway

BluFi is an amazing BLE to WiFi Gateway that eliminates the dependency for mobile devices end user apps being in proximity to beacons. BluFi allows for the capture in real-time of beacon advertisements which then returns the data back to your or our cloud/server via WiFi.

BluFi features a simple plug-in module to bridge beacons into existing WiFi connections to receive and transmit Bluetooth beacon payload data over WiFi.

BluFi is part of the BEEKSTM Bluetooth beacon platform that interfaces with BluZone, the cloud-based developer hub to control and manage your beacon projects.


Harvard Technology “Vertical Radio Board”

Harvard Technology of Harvard Engineering in Normanton, UK has received FCC approval for a “Vertical Radio Board, Model WMVRB-915USA”.

IC ID 11286A-WMVRB915

This device operates in the 915 MHz bandwidth, a frequency often used for connected home devices and z-wave technology.

The user manual indicates several models are being produced globally including
WMVRB-868 868MHz variant for use in Europe
WMVRB-915USA 915MHz variant for use in America / Canada
WMVRB-915ANZ 915MHz variant for use in Australia / New Zealand

The WMVRB, known informally as the vertical radio board, is a radio module which allows wireless connectivity to be added to street lighting products which require an interface to a WiMAC installation. The module behaves in the same way as the existing product, known as a leafnode, behaves. A single connector provides both a power connection and a data connection. The motherboard which accepts this module needs to communicate using the RSMS2 protocol. The content of this protocol is confidential but parties providing integration to this module can obtain a copy of the protocol from Harvard Technology subject to entering into an appropriate information sharing agreement.

The approved device was labeled with the following
Manufactured November 2015
E350120 GT-M
Label # 16870128
“Do Not Handle Antenna”

Harvard WMVRB915 Board