FortiAP devices are thin wireless access points (AP) supporting the latest Wi-Fi technologies (multi-user MIMO 802.11ac Wave 1 and Wave 2, 4x4), as well as 802.11n, 802.11AX , and the demand for plug and play deployment.
Wireless standards are specified and controlled by many government regulations and everyone using this technology is legally obliged to abide by them. These regulations can cover what RF bands may be used, which technology can use specific bands, which channels can be used, and the power of RF signal that may be transmitted.
The maximum allowed transmitter power and permitted radio channels for WiFi networks depend on the region in which the network is located. By default, the WiFi controller is configured for the United States. If a FortiAP is deployed in any other region then it is required to change the country code.
This can be changed using one of 2 methods: globally or via custom profile.
Global changes would apply to all FortiAP profiles; if the country is not changed globally then we can change the country on FortiAP profile which is going to apply to the AP.
FortiAP country code, geographic location.
To change the country code login to CLI and run the following commands, in these examples the country will be set to India:
Change the global setting which will then apply to all FortiAP profiles:
config wireless-controller setting set country IN end
Change country on an individual FortiAP Profile:
config wireless-controller wtp-profile edit FAP221C-default set ap-country IN end
To see the list of available country codes, enter a question mark (‘?’) instead of a country code when using the set command.
It should be noted that, depending upon the version of FortiOS being used, custom AP profiles may need to be deleted before the country default value can be changed. This can be performed through the GUI by going to WiFi Controller > WiFi Network > FortiAP profiles and deleting the profiles. Once the country code has been set, the Custom AP profiles can be reconfigured.