Yes this is a VERY messed up system. Imagine my horror when one of our staff configured a WLC and some of these new APs and then shipped them to Germany without any priming. It would have been better to activate them in the US and then ship them over there even if that means losing access to a few channels. What was worse is having to try and explain to non technical staff how to prime the first access point. This is a REALLY messed up system. I get that they don't want access points using channels that are not authorized in the region where they are located, but come on. I can ship US fixed config access points to regions where they are illegal to use and nothing technical is going to stop me. The simple fix for this is to have a sku for an access point with a GPS chip in it. Another option would be connect to the cisco website from the AP itself (a phone home if you will). The public IP used could be looked up and the registrar verified. The EU pretty much all has the same regulations. Only China and Japan have much difference. They need to come up with some way of getting this resolved. Otherwise it is back to ordering fix regulatory zone APs and then just shipping them to wherever and worrying about turning off any illegal channels, reducing power, etc. once they arrive at their final destination.
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