Cambium Networks Settles Federal Lawsuit by Rival Ubiquiti

No party has admitted any wrongdoing or liability in connection with the lawsuit.

Edward Gately, Senior News Editor

December 9, 2020

2 Min Read

Ubiquiti‘s court battle with Cambium Networks has ended with the latter agreeing to a settlement that includes paying an undisclosed sum.

Cambium Networks on Wednesday announced it has settled a 2018 federal lawsuit filed by the rival networking company claiming Computer Fraud and Abuse Act violations and more.

Ubiquiti filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. It named Cambium Networks and two company executives as defendants.

Cambium Networks wouldn’t provide further comment. And Ubiquiti didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Alleged Violations

In its suit, Ubiquiti claimed various wrongs due to Cambium selling hacking firmware that uses Ubiquiti’s devices as a launching point for Cambium’s own service.

It pertained to Cambium‘s development, marketing, licensing and sale of its Elevate software for use on Ubiquiti devices.

The suit also claimed violations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Illinois Computer Crime Prevention Law and other laws.

In its complaint, Ubiquiti alleged:

“Cambium’s intentional, commercially motivated, unauthorized access, reverse engineering and hacking of Ubiquiti’s M-series wireless devices and trafficking in hacked firmware that deletes, modifies, and makes unauthorized copies of portions of the Ubiquiti firmware on the Ubiquiti M-series devices, eliminates Ubiquiti copyright notices to conceal Cambium’s infringement, eliminates firmware restrictions Ubiquiti put in place to ensure operation in conformity with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requirements and licenses, and circumvents access control measures on the Ubiquiti M-series devices.”

Under the terms of the settlement, Cambium will pay the undisclosed sum to Ubiquiti. In addition, Cambium has agreed to no longer manufacture, market, sell or distribute Elevate software for use on Ubiquiti devices.

Furthermore, Cambium agreed to not issue additional licenses for the use of Elevate software on Ubiquiti devices.

Cambium, however, will continue to support Ubiquiti devices that have been Elevated according to its standard support obligations for discontinued products. The parties have agreed that the remaining terms of the settlement agreement will remain confidential.

No party has admitted any wrongdoing or liability in connection with the lawsuit.

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Edward Gately

Senior News Editor, Channel Futures

As news editor, Edward Gately covers cybersecurity, new channel programs and program changes, M&A and other IT channel trends. Prior to Informa, he spent 26 years as a newspaper journalist in Texas, Louisiana and Arizona.

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