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FCC approval
August 25, 2011 2:17 PM   Subscribe

How much does it cost to get a cablemodem/router FCC approved?

1. How much does the FCC charge?
2. I think you need a lab confirming the specs. Price range?
3. How long does the approval process take?

Any help is appreciated.
posted by yoyo_nyc to Computers & Internet (3 answers total)
I am an attorney, but I am not your attorney. This is not legal advice.

From the schedule of fees (page B11) [pdf] it looks like cable modems and routers, which I believe are Part 15 devices, have a fee of $1265.

This StackExchange thread suggests the testing is roughly "$10k-20k, plus your labor cost." Another answer gave $7500.

This testing company says that "The FCC typically takes 8-12 weeks to respond to certification requests."
posted by jedicus at 3:00 PM on August 25, 2011 [1 favorite]

As I understand it there are two things you'll need approved: one is EMC, in the US presumably under Part 15. The other is whatever conformance the cable provider requires before you attach things to their network (DOCSIS type-approval?) — I don't know much about that.

Jedicus' numbers are in line with what I've read elsewhere. You may need to go through several rounds of testing, with design tweaks in between, if you don't meet requirements on your first try.
posted by hattifattener at 3:39 PM on August 25, 2011


Thanks a lot. I saw the fee schedule but it seemed so ridiculously low. I thought I might have missed something.
posted by yoyo_nyc at 4:39 PM on August 25, 2011

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