New York City is notorious for being the site of a multitude of unlicensed wireless devices.
The city has more than 3,000 unlicensed WiFi routers, many of which can connect to more than 5,000 wireless hotspots, which are often located in residential areas and parks.
These unlicensed devices are often used by people who do not know how to use them properly and are prone to roaming.
When unlicensed routers start to lose connectivity, it is typically due to a failure of one of the components, the radio.
The router has a GPS chip inside, which allows the device to determine if it is in range and send a signal to the cellular network, so that the network can relay that information to the router.
If the device is unable to reach the cellular tower, the network will simply cut the power to the device, which can result in the device shutting down or even shutting down entirely.
In many cases, a failure to use proper precautions can result an unlicensed device being returned to the FCC.
It is critical to follow these steps if you are planning to buy a router and are unsure whether it should be an un-licensed device.