Cisco Meraki access points (APs) are designed to follow regulatory standards for channel selection and transmit power, regardless of where they are deployed. Every Dashboard network has a country and regulatory domain associated with it. If an AP is deployed in a different country than its network, Dashboard will report a potential regulatory domain mismatch and the AP will be restricted from using its full channel/power capabilities.
This article outlines how to make changes to a network's regulatory domain, and best practice to avoid regulatory issues altogether.
Regulatory domain mismatches typically occur when Meraki APs are deployed to multiple countries, but managed within the same Dashboard network. Because the regulatory domain is defined on a per-network basis, it is strongly recommended that APs are grouped into networks based on country/site. This eliminates the possibility that two APs within the same network are deployed in different regulatory domains.
For reference purposes, a network's current regulatory domain can be found under Wireless > Configure > Radio settings.
If one or more APs are deployed outside of the network's regulatory domain, Dashboard will report that "AP is configured for the <network's domain> regulatory domain, but is detected to possibly be in <AP's reported location>," followed by additional details about the mismatch.
There are two ways to resolve a regulatory domain mismatch:
If Dashboard detects that some APs have been deployed in a new country, an error will appear on the AP details page indicating that the AP's country code has been changed. This AP may be operating in a reduced state.
If Dashboard detects that all of the APs are deployed in a country different from the network's regulatory domain, the option will be given to correct the network's regulatory domain.
In the example below, the network's regulatory domain country is Japan, but all APs in the network were deployed in the US. This results in the following error under Wireless > Configure > Radio settings:
If the listed country change is correct and intended, input the necessary information and click Accept to fix the network's regulatory domain. In the example above, the country is changed from Japan to US, so all future access points added to this network should be deployed in the US as well.
If some APs are deployed in a different country than the rest of the network, it is recommended that these APs be moved to another Dashboard network to receive their own regulatory domain. Please refer to the following articles for detailed instructions:
If the new network also reports a regulatory domain mismatch, refer to the instructions above to fix the new network's regulatory domain.