Antennas, FCC, Customs and More

We’ve got a doozy of an update for you this week, covering everything from antenna connectors, to FCC, to customs.

Now we know that as much as we like talking to you, you’d rather we just cut to the chase… so let’s try something different this week. Headlines first, everything else, second.

Headlines And Nothing Else

CM4 FCC/CE Testing Passed, but requires one minor modification to check all the boxes. Expect 100% pass and certification in May.

Connectors North American gateways now have an RPSMA Female port instead of SMA (EU gateways are unaffected). Updated Data Sheet

RK3328 Design — Design is complete and works perfectly. Sending it off to the FCC/CE Lab for an expected May certification.

SHIPPING PROJECTIONS — EU Orders

JAN-MAR 1stEarly May
MAR 2nd-APR 9th Late May
APR 10th-APR 20thLate June (Previously July)
APR 21st Onwards (New Orders) — September

SHIPPING PROJECTIONS — NA Orders

JAN-FEB 1stLate May
FEB 2nd-APR 9th Late May
APR 10th-APR 20thLate June (Previously July)
APR 21st Onwards (New Orders) — September

MISCELLANEOUS

Customs — We cover all customs charges. At no point should you have to pay any kind of tax other than sales tax or VAT.

Manufacturing — Our manufacturing partners are hard at work ramping up to full speed, and everything is well on track.

PHOTOS! — We’ve got some great never-before-seen photos of completed units below, so get scrolling!

Getting Certified

We anticipate this means that we’ll have the finalized paperwork ready for submission in early May. Once we do, we’ll be sure to provide you with some over-complicated graphs and test results… just in case you’re into that sort of thing. This means that we can project late May for full approval.

Getting Certified V2

Because much of the gateway remains the same between the CM4 and RK3328 based units, only the bluetooth and wifi will need to be tested by the lab, resulting in a relatively speedy process. Much of the heavy lifting with regards to paperwork has also already been done for the CM4 based units, making the work and timelines for the RK3328 based units far more favourable. We are projecting similar timelines as that of the CM4 based units, with an expected FCC approval of Late May.

And in case you’re wondering what the difference is between the 2 versions, we’ve got an easy answer for you: NOTHING. Unless you open the gateway up and take a peak at the board, both versions will function exactly the same, and we’ll continue to manufacturer units with both in order to alleviate supply chain pressures, and ensure we can get these units to you as soon as possible.

EU Shipping Projections

MARCH 2nd to April 9th orders — No change to our projected start of shipping in late May

April 10th to April 20th — The previous shipment projection of July is being revised to late June

NA Shipping Projections

February 1st to April 9th orders — Projected to begin shipping in late May

April 10th to April 20th — Previous shipment projection of July is being revised to late June

New Orders — April 21st Onwards

Everything Else

Connector Change
As mentioned above, any units going to North America will now have RP-SMA connectors rather than SMA connectors in order to be FCC compliant.This means that all units will have the following:

US Units = RP-SMA Female Port
EU Units = SMA Female Port

If you have already purchased cables for your US units and are impacted by this change, please reach out to us at support@syncrob.it

The Dashboard has a name!
Thanks to our awesome community member, Alcide13, the SyncroB.it hotspot manage dashboard now has a name: DashB.it. With the gateways nearly ready to head out the door, the SyncroB.it team is working hard to get the dashboard ready to go by the time you have a hotspot in your hands. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for some sneak peaks at what you can expect.

PHOTOS!