Getting a US-bought ZoneFlex 7363 to work on a UK ZoneDirector

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I am in the UK and I have a ZoneFlex 7363 bought from the US. It is set to US and cannot be changed.

What are the issues with connecting to ZoneDirectors? Will it never connect to a UK ZoneDirector? Can the AP firmware be changed to allow the country setting to be changed? Can a US ZoneDirector be used in the UK. etc.
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Timothy Carrington

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Monnat Systems, AlphaDog

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Hi Timothy Carrington

As per FCC regulation, any RF device bought in the US, must be used in the US only. For this reason US country code is locked to the device.

As long as US AP is connecting to UK ZD it will_NOT_connect however you can set the country code on ZD to US and then US AP would connect to it.

I am not in the UK so not well versed with RF regulation for UK hence would request to contact a local Ruckus sales engineer who can advice you on the options you have and whether it is wise to change UK ZD to US or not.

Firmware upgrades will not fix this

Hope this helps.

PS: I am saying from experience as i had the honor to buy Ruckus AP online and it turned out to be US AP device which i was not able to connect to ZD on India country code hence using it as standalone with minimum transmit power.
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Heath Barnhart

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There is an AP cli command: set countrycode UK

Have you tried that?
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Timothy Carrington

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no I hadn't:

get boarddata shows

Fixed Ctry Code: yes

and

rkscli: get countrycode
Country is US
OK

and

rkscli: set countrycode UK
parameter error
set countrycode

rkscli: set countrycode uk
parameter error
set countrycode

so I don't think I'll have any luck with that.

I sold this 7363 and it got returned as not working with a UK ZoneDirector. This appears to be normal functionality for a US-locked AP.

The weird thing is that I sold the other 3 of these (I bought 4 brand new from USA last March 2014) in July 2014 and the buyer says they are working fine on his UK ZoneDirector.

I would like to re-list it but I don't want to annoy another customer. Would be nice to know the difference between these two UK ZoneDirectors so I can sell it to someone whose ZD will accept it.
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Hi, just in case it may help, I had the following problem : my Access Point ZF7363 bought in the US was not connecting to my Zone Director 1100.

I tried many things, like upgrading manually the firmware of the AP which didn't work.

The solution in my situation was to connect to the AP using puttin program and "set countrycode CH"...CH being for Switzerland.

After a reboot the AP was recognized by the ZD.

And everything is working perfectly.

Hope it helps!
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Heath Barnhart

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I'd never messed with the command, but did remember seeing it so I thought I would let you know.
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Rob Frain

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Sorry to bring up an old thread, Im in the exact same situation now with a US AP and a UK ZD. Did you manage to change the AP to a UK one via software update or firmware at all?


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Monnat Systems, AlphaDog

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you have two ways of fixing it:

1) set the county code on ZD to US and connect this US locked AP. this should work. After this, Remember you making your gear work as per US regulation and NOT UK.
2) work with TAC as i heard that they have some "internal only" commands to unlock this AP to work with any ZD. this is upto their discretion

PS: US locked AP's are supposed to be used in US only..
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Timothy Carrington

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from what I remember, I had to refund the first customer, and I was just as honest as I could be with the second advert. It sold and AFAIK worked fine for that customer, though I don't remember if it was with a ZD or standalone. I didn't muck about with firmware etc.
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Neil Oakman

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Ruckus use ISO codes. So, use: set countrycode GB
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Rob Frain

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Ruckus were great. We have a support contract with them and managed to change it over for us. Its now locked to GB.
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Sorry to learn up an old string, Im in precisely the same circumstance now with a US AP and a UK ZD. Did you figure out how to change the AP to a UK one by means of programming refresh or firmware by any means?
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Sorry to learn up an old string, Im in precisely the same circumstance now with a US AP and a UK ZD. Did you figure out how to change the AP to a UK one by means of programming refresh or firmware by any means?
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Hi karimovic,

Please contact support, who should be able to help you to reconfigure the US code AP work with UK ZD code.

We need to have remote access to the AP.

https://support.ruckuswireless.com/contact-us

Regards,
Abilash PR.