ICASA Regulations re 5Ghz WiFi

Dean

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Hi folks,

Looking to get info about which frequencies/WiFi channels are allowed by ICASA in SA for unlicensed use, ie personal WiFi.

I've noticed that some WiFi-enabled devices only have a few channels available to choose in the 5Ghz spectrum (channels 36,40,44,48) whereas others also allow the higher channels - specifically those between 52 and 64 and between 100 and 144.

I saw a regulation document online from a few years back, but am concerned that is now outdated.
Also it was quite confusing to interpret from the annexure table to figure out exactly which WiFi channels should be allowed.

Does anyone have expert insight to share about it?

Would be much appreciated.
 

Leno

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The devices without the channels probably do not support DFS which those other channels are part of
If your AP's are Icasa approved and set to South Africa then they should only allow you to use legal frequencies.

Wikipedia has south africa in its 5ghz table

 

Faux_Grey

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The devices without the channels probably do not support DFS which those other channels are part of
If your AP's are Icasa approved and set to South Africa then they should only allow you to use legal frequencies.

Wikipedia has south africa in its 5ghz table

That's pretty bizzaro.
According to that we dont have contiguous channels and the widest our 5Ghz goes, is 40mhz, limiting our speed at best to a single device over 5Ghz being 286.8Mbps - as opposed to a 160mhz europe getting 1201Mbps.
 
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