Maximum wifi transmission power per country

For some reason it appears that this is quite hard to come by, most documentation only talks about the transmission power in dBm which is just less easy to read than mW to me. So here’s a list of the maximum allowed transmission power (EIRP) per country.

Note that the a and b bands means the 802.11/a (5GHz) and 802.11/b (2.4GHz) respectively. While these are not specifically named, this includes 802.11ac, 802.11n, 802.11g and the collections such as 802.11abgn.

Since the ETSI standard many of these have been replaced by a single standard. Here’s a very informative blogpost about the ETSI standard. The ETSI standard is used in the following regions:

  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • Africa
  • China
  • Indonesia
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Parts of the Russian Federation

Short overview of the ETSI standard:
– 2.4 GHz: 100 mW (20 dBm)
– 5 GHz channel 36 to 64: 200 mW (23 dBm)
– 5 GHz channel 100 to 140: 1000 mW (30 dBm)
– 5 GHz channel 155 to 171: 4000 mW (36 dBm)

Country 802.11 Bands Channels Max txpower
AT a 36-64
100-140
155, 159, 163, 167, 172
200
1000
4000
Austria b 1-13 100
AU a 36, 40, 44, 48
52, 56, 60, 64
149, 153, 157, 161
200
200
1000
Australia b 1-11 200
BE a 36-64
100-140
155, 159, 163, 167, 172
200
1000
4000
Belgium b 1-13 100
BR a 36, 40, 44, 48
52, 56, 60, 64
149, 153, 157, 161
200
1000
Brazil b 1-11 1000
CA a 36, 40, 44, 48
52, 56, 60, 64
149, 153, 157, 161
200
1000
4000
Canada b 1-11 1000
CH a 36-64
100-140
155, 159, 163, 167, 172
200
1000
4000
Switzerland b 1-13 100
CN a 36-64
100-140
155, 159, 163, 167, 172
200
1000
4000
China b 1-13 100
CY a 36-64
100-140
155, 159, 163, 167, 172
200
1000
4000
Cyprus b 1-13 100
CZ a 36-64
100-140
155, 159, 163, 167, 172
200
1000
4000
Czech Republic b 1-13 100
DE a 36-64
100-140
155, 159, 163, 167, 172
200
1000
4000
Germany b 1-13 100
DK a 36-64
100-140
155, 159, 163, 167, 172
200
1000
4000
Denmark b 1-13 100
EE a 36, 40, 44, 48
52, 56, 60, 64
149, 153, 157, 161
200
1000
4000
Estonia b 1-11 1000
ES a 36-64
100-140
155, 159, 163, 167, 172
200
1000
4000
Spain b 1-13 100
FI a 36-64
100-140
155, 159, 163, 167, 172
200
1000
4000
Finland b 1-13 100
FR a 36-64
100-140
155, 159, 163, 167, 172
200
1000
4000
France b 1-13 100
GB a 36-64
100-140
155, 159, 163, 167, 172
200
1000
4000
United Kingdom b 1-13 100
GR a 36-64
100-140
155, 159, 163, 167, 172
200
1000
4000
Greece b 1-13 100
HK a 36, 40, 44, 48
52, 56, 60, 64
149, 153, 157, 161
200
200
4000
Hong Kong b 1-11 100
HU a 36-64
100-140
155, 159, 163, 167, 172
200
1000
4000
Hungary b 1-13 100
ID a 36-64
100-140
155, 159, 163, 167, 172
200
1000
4000
Indonesia b 1-13 100
IE a 36-64
100-140
155, 159, 163, 167, 172
200
1000
4000
Ireland b 1-13 100
IL a 36, 40, 44, 48
52, 56, 60, 64
200
200
Israel b 1-13 100
IN a N/A N/A
India b 4000
IS a 36, 40, 44, 48
52, 56, 60, 64
104, 108, 112, 116, 120, 124, 128, 132, 140
200
200
1000
Iceland b 1-11 100
IT a 36-64
100-140
155, 159, 163, 167, 172
200
1000
4000
Italy b 1-13 100
JP a 1-3
34, 38, 42, 46
200
200
Japan b 1-14 200
KE a 36, 40, 44, 48
52, 56, 60, 64 100,104,108,112 116, 120, 124 149, 153, 157, 161
600
Kenia b 1-13 600
KR a 149, 153, 157, 161 600
South Korea b 1-13 600
LT a 36, 40, 44, 48
52, 56, 60, 64
149, 153, 157, 161
200
1000
4000
Lithuania b 1-11 1000
LU a 36-64
100-140
155, 159, 163, 167, 172
200
1000
4000
Luxembourg b 1-13 100
LV a 36, 40, 44, 48
52, 56, 60, 64
149, 153, 157, 161
200
1000
4000
Latvia b 1-11 1000
MY a N/A 1000
Malaysia b 1-13 500
NL a 36-64
100-140
155, 159, 163, 167, 172
200
1000
4000
Netherlands b 1-13 100
NO a 36-64
100-140
155, 159, 163, 167, 172
200
1000
4000
Norway b 1-13 100
NZ a 36, 40, 44, 48
52, 56, 60, 64
149, 153, 157, 161
200
1000
4000
New Zealand b 1-11 1000
PH a 36, 40, 44, 48
52, 56, 60, 64
149, 153, 157, 161
200
1000
4000
Philippines b 1-11 1000
PL a 36-64
100-140
155, 159, 163, 167, 172
200
1000
4000
Poland b 1-13 100
PT a 36-64
100-140
155, 159, 163, 167, 172
200
1000
4000
Portugal b 1-13 100
RU a N/A N/A
Russia b 1-13 63
SE a 36-64
100-140
155, 159, 163, 167, 172
200
1000
4000
Sweden b 1-13 100
SG a 36-64
100-140
155, 159, 163, 167, 172
200
1000
4000
Singapore b 1-13 100
SI a 36, 40, 44, 48
52, 56, 60, 64
149, 153, 157, 161
200
1000
4000
Slovenia b 1-11 1000
SK a 36, 40, 44, 48
52, 56, 60, 64
149, 153, 157, 161
200
1000
4000
Slovak Republic b 1-11 1000
TH a 36-64
100-140
155, 159, 163, 167, 172
200
1000
4000
Thailand b 1-13 100
TW a 56, 60, 64,
100-140
149, 153, 157, 161
200
1000
4000
Taiwan b 1-13 1000
US a 36, 40, 44, 48
52, 56, 60, 64
149, 153, 157, 161
200
1000
4000
United States b 1-11 1000
ZA a 36-64
100-140
155, 159, 163, 167, 172
200
1000
4000
South Africa b 1-13 100

Please note that this depends on your antenna as well so please be that you won’t go over the allowed transmit power for your location.

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43 Responses to “Maximum wifi transmission power per country”

  1. Tan | 2016-07-05 at 19:38:37 #

    Hi. Can you tell me what would be the power limit for Barbados.? We operate in Region 2

    • Rick van Hattem | 2016-07-05 at 20:02:40 #

      According to this document is 1W for 2.4GHz and 0.75W for 5GHz
      http://www.telecoms.gov.bb/website/Documents/Policies/PDF/Policy%20Licence%20Exempt%20Frequency%20Bands.pdf

      • Bassam | 2017-04-12 at 12:55:06 #

        Hi
        what is mean the Max tx power if some country max tx power 4000

        • Rick van Hattem | 2017-04-12 at 13:14:50 #

          That’s 4000 mW or 4W of transmit power.

          Note that 4W is an extremely large amount for wifi and completely useless for regular access points since most devices (phones, laptops, etc.) don’t have a strong enough signal to send anything back.

          • [email protected] | 2017-07-29 at 16:01:14 #

            I Have bought 4w WiFi amplifier which is used in my WiFi system.
            I have deployed that booster on access point in front of the land and pick the WiFi with another access point and yagi stile aerial. The distance is roughly 2,5 acres.

  2. Joeri De Winter | 2017-02-18 at 14:55:45 #

    Great info !, is this coming from one source or multiple sources?

    • Rick van Hattem | 2017-02-18 at 17:19:18 #

      It’s the result from a bit of googling and several sources (and dBm to mW calculations). It shouldn’t be too hard to find similar data on the web but I found it convenient to keep it here in a single table 🙂

  3. vamsi | 2017-02-22 at 21:57:33 #

    Is this EIRP limits in milliwatts?

  4. Daniel | 2017-04-04 at 11:27:23 #

    Hi. Can you tell me what is the power limit in Mozambique? Is there regulation there?

    • Rick van Hattem | 2017-04-04 at 11:31:05 #

      I’m unable to find any information about the regulation in Mozambique unfortunately.

  5. robert | 2017-04-19 at 19:40:47 #

    what happens if i exceed the legal requirements? and what does it mean?

    • Rick van Hattem | 2017-04-22 at 18:31:53 #

      It means it’s illegal. While you’re not that likely to get caught, you could end up with a fine.

      Additionally, most devices keep to the legal limits which means it’s probably not too useful to exceed them since you’ll be able to send the signal but won’t receive anything back.

  6. giam | 2017-05-07 at 20:50:56 #

    hi thanks for the list, i want to increase the output of a range extender, a netgear nighthawk ex7000, im real dissapointed of this extender, i configurating with a US region(i live in europe) but my modem-router(netgear also) have a better and when i say better its really a LOT more converage, you know any good configuration like also your guide for asus-rtac68?? but for the ex-7000?

    • Rick van Hattem | 2017-05-10 at 21:57:50 #

      I’ve done a quick search and it seems that there are no alternative firmwares available for the EX7000. That doesn’t say it’s impossible but I don’t think it’s likely that anyone will put in the time to fix it.

      Having that said, given the list above you should be able to find a region with a bit more transmit power. I’ve personaly had good results with the Australia region on a Netgear R7000 which is similar to the EX7000.

      • giam | 2017-05-12 at 11:19:03 #

        thanks a lot rick, i live in italy, i have a modem-router netgear nighthawk d7800 too, and i set the region to US, i see a lot more coverage ( i reached 19 -29db on 5ft), but when i made the same on the ex7000(he is at 5 feet (or 2mt) of the d7800, the ex7000 only reached 49db in the better case.. the ex7000 i use to give me external wifi coverage(out house) , but the d7800 have a more power output however(in and out home), sorry for my bad english translation 🙂

        • Rick van Hattem | 2017-05-12 at 13:57:05 #

          Note that some devices are locked to a specific region so it could be that you can only select European countries. Not a guarantee but it might help to try.

          • giam | 2017-05-21 at 11:53:15 #

            thanks a lot

  7. Yhoselyn Quintanilla | 2017-05-10 at 21:51:12 #

    which would be for Bolivia?

    • Rick van Hattem | 2017-05-10 at 22:00:54 #

      I’m not certain actually, I can’t find any specific docs about it but according to this post the maximum might be 33dBm which is 2000mW.

  8. BC | 2017-07-11 at 13:05:54 #

    Hi –

    What is your source for the 60mW limit for Austria for ch 36-48?

    (see https://www.rtr.at/en/tk/Spektrum5GHz)

    Also, aren’t all EU countries now harmonized under RTTE directive for 5470-5725MHz usage (ch 100-140) ?

  9. Robbie | 2017-08-18 at 01:38:43 #

    I cannot tell you how useful this chart was. I’m in the USA and my router kept holding back the broadcast power. The chart shows that 149 and up are less power-restricted. I changed it to 149 (after verifying that no one else was using that channel in the area and PRESTO!!! SIGNAL ALIVE!!!

    Thanks,

  10. Ben canuel | 2017-09-13 at 12:43:48 #

    Hello, how do these rating compare to guidelines of maximum exposure rated as…
    10 uw / m2 (daytime) 1 uw/ m2 ( nighttime)
    Thx

  11. Ann Onimaus | 2018-01-18 at 16:15:02 #

    WARNING: “Maximum allowed” is not the same a the same as “Recommended” or even a wise idea. You could overheat your router causing damage.

  12. Nikolas | 2018-01-25 at 20:48:39 #

    What about Russia ? I can’t find the info in any website

  13. Rick white | 2018-03-13 at 05:33:42 #

    I have the Linksys AC9500 V1 how can I increases the TX power by the firmware ?

    any advice please email me at [email protected]

    • Rick van Hattem | 2018-03-13 at 09:26:31 #

      You’re most likely to succeed by changing the location (and channel) to a location in your region/continent that has more TX power. I don’t see any custom firmwares available for the AC5900

  14. Thomas E Elfstrom | 2018-08-08 at 08:50:17 #

    A stupid newbee question.

    The channels referred is that the same as frequency? Lets say it says channel 36 , 40 for band a does that mean 2.436 and 2.440 MHz?
    Thanx.

    • Rick van Hattem | 2018-10-21 at 13:32:44 #

      Close, but the higher channels are the 5 GHz channels.
      For 2.4 GHz the frequency starts at 2.412 GHz with 5 MHz steps per channel (except for channel 14 which has a 12 MHz step)

      For 5 GHz it starts at 5.16 GHz for channel 32 and goes up to channel 173 with 5 MHz steps. But it should be noted that up to channel 144 only the even numbers are used so it’s effectively 10 MHz increments.

      Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_WLAN_channels

  15. Jerry Loh | 2018-10-21 at 05:33:58 #

    how about in Malaysia for both 2.4ghz and 5ghz? Thanks

  16. cellbet | 2018-11-04 at 17:38:14 #

    Hi JERRY LOH,
    This was a great informative post you have shared on this page about the maximum wiffi transmission with the wireless mobile router which protect your files transmit over a network from one computer to another over a network and also send a message to the admin of a network ,if someone try to hack your system files ,but you must enter a right IP address with the host given to you by a internet service provider ,otherwise your device will not connect with the internet .
    Thanks.

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