Do you need a license to use a 433 MHz or 915 Mhz radio?

Do you need a license to use a 433 MHz or 915 Mhz radio?

November 14, 2023

The 433 MHz band is within the ISM (Industrial, Scientific, and Medical) radio bands, which are generally reserved for unlicensed use.

The ISM bands are a set of radio frequency bands internationally designated for the use of industrial, scientific, and medical devices that operate on radio frequencies. These bands are reserved globally to enable the development and use of various technologies without the need for individual licensing for specific applications. The idea behind the ISM bands is to provide a frequency range where unlicensed communication can occur, fostering innovation and the deployment of various devices.

ISM also covers 915 MHz, as well as WiFi frequencies like 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz.

Devices operating in the ISM bands are subject to certain power and emission limits to prevent interference with licensed services. However, users typically do not need an individual license to operate devices in the 433 MHz ISM band for certain low-power and short-range applications, such as remote controls, garage door openers, and various wireless sensor applications.

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