Are these Sparkfun wireless modules FCC certified?

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Hi Guys,

I was looking at the popular and cheap RF Link modules that Sparkfun has. I was of the opinion that these modules are FCC certified, but a comment on the Wireless Buying Guide on Sparkfun says:

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Cons:

* Big/long learning curve to get units functioning correctly
* Limited data rate (2400-4800bps)
* No data filtering or packetization
* Not directly FCC certified

You can find it here:

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The modules are 315MHz. Here is the link:

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So are these FCC certified? I want to try these but want to be sure before I use them.

Thanks.

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I wonder if modules that are meant as a subassembly of a complete product can be FCC certified. There could be other things in the device that makes its non-compliant, so the whole device needs to be certified.

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I have seen people here on the forum talk about this. Is there anybody who has used these? If so, did you need certification from the FCC?

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npat_avr wrote:
I have seen people here on the forum talk about this. Is there anybody who has used these? If so, did you need certification from the FCC?
I think Yes.
If you look at the Digi XBee OEM modules, and some of their competitors' you'll see a list of which countries they have passed type certification. France and Japan are far more stringent in 2.4GHz than the US. the sub-GHz band allocations and approvals, duty cycle limits, etc., vary widely around the world.

Best to buy a type certified module if you plan to resell. If you have 10K to sell, you can afford to do your own to save a few dollars of recurring.

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You will need certification if it is to be sold as a commercial product in the US; other jurisdictions have varying rules. IF it is in something that has a microprocessor with a clock, it will need to be certified just because of that, again in the U.S.

Jim

Jim Wagner Oregon Research Electronics, Consulting Div. Tangent, OR, USA http://www.orelectronics.net

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I don't want to sell anything, I just want to build a hobby circuit using this. Do I still need certification?