Asus (TPE: 2357) has admitted that some of its WiFi routers and tablets were not FCC-compliant, and has settled the case for a $240,000 fine.
“ASUSTeK admits that its marketing of these intentional radiators violated the Commission’s rules. To resolve the investigations, ASUSTeK will pay a civil fine of $240,000 and implement a compliance plan that will extend for more than three years to ensure future compliance with the Commission’s equipment marketing rules,” a statement released by the FCC read.
The products involved were the RT-N65U 802.11n router, the RT-AC66U 802.11ac router, and the Eee Pad Slider SL101.
The case was initiated in August 2013, when rival Netgear (NASDAQ: NTGR) filed a complaint with the FCC alleging that Asus had non-compliant products on the market.
Asus’ RT-N65U 802.11n router, the RT-AC66U 802.11ac router were both praised by consumers for their functionality, performance and effective range.
The products will not be pulled from shelves in the US. Asus will have to prove to the FCC that is has implemented a compliance plan so that all future products comply with standards.
In addition to filing a complaint with the FCC, Netgear also sued Asus over claims of unfair business practices and deceptive marketing. This lawsuit has also been settled although the exact terms of the deal were not released.