My friend and I are very near a final product design, but we currently are using an Olimex ESP32-EVB relay module as part of the final system.
Recently we were told by a consultant that the FCC could potentially require us to recall any Olimex "ESP32 evaluation-hardware" due to it not meeting compliance or licensing requirements. We are afraid of having to recall many units in the future.
I would really like to know if a professional opinion could shed some light on this.
We are very worried that the Olimex ESP32-EVB unit does not meet FCC requirements for commercial use. On the product page under Important Notice they state:
This evaluation board/kit/module is intended for use for ENGINEERING DEVELOPMENT, DEMONSTRATION OR EVALUATION PURPOSES ONLY and is not considered by OLIMEX Ltd to be finished end-product fit for general consumer use.
Does that statement mean it is absolutely not allowed to use this module in our product for commercial purposes?
We really like the ESP32, and the Olimex boards are great in our case because they include 2x mechanical relays packaged inside a metal box and a Rj45 Ethernet connector.
Please can someone help me understand why these Olimex boards would (or would not) be suitable in a commercial product or system?
I also wonder, how would the FCC be involved if the wireless radio were disabled completely (Ethernet only device) and/or if it had no antennas attached, could that help to reduce FCC requirements complexity?
Thanks and I greatly appreciate any insight,
P.S. If anyone knows of a commercial grade ESP32 based Ethernet enabled relay module, I would really love to know about it!!