FreedomFi Indoor CBRS Small Cell

Plug-and-Play Setup Guide

Prerequisites:

Step 1 – Placement

To start, make sure you select a good place for the Small Cell as obstructions will decrease coverage. CBRS signals have less range than LoRa. Similar to Wi-Fi they can be weakened or blocked by obstacles like walls, trees, and buildings. To capture the most data you can, you want your Small Cell to point towards a populated area, a place with a lot of people and phones.

Here are some tips for good locations for your small cell:

  • Coffee Shops
  • Restaurants
  • Indoor malls or gathering areas
  • Near a street facing window of a home or small business
Step 2 – Connect GPS

Connect the GPS Antenna to the back of the Small Cell labeled GPS. The other end should be placed near a window to help secure a GPS lock.

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Step 3 – Connect the Ethernet cable to Small Cell

Connect the ethernet cable to the port labeled WAN on the SmallCell.

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Step 4– Connect Ethernet cable to the Gateway

Connect the other end of the ethernet cable to the port labeled eNB1 the FreedomFi Gateway

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Step 5 – Connect Power to the Small Cell.

Connect the Power cable to the back of the Small Cell.

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Step 6– Verify Led Status

If all goes well, you should see the leds come online. The SYNC, PWR, and WAN leds will be solid green after 10 minutes. The LTE led may take up to 24 hours and should be blue/ it may blink during connectivity. The small cell is now ready to use.

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Step 7 – Connect a mobile device to the Radio

Follow the steps in this guide to test connectivity to the FreedomFi Small Cell. FreedomFi SIM cards can be purchased here.
The phones below have been confirmed to work:   

iOS Android
iPhone SE (2nd Gen)
Pixel 4/4XL
iPhone 11/pro
Pixel 5
iPhone 12/pro/mini
Pixel 5A
iPhone 13/pro/mini
Samsung Galaxy S21
iPad Pro/Air 2022 with Cellular
iOS Android
iPhone SE (2nd Gen)
Pixel 4/4XL
iPhone 11/pro

Pixel 5

iPhone 12/pro/mini

Pixel 5A

iPhone 13/pro/mini

Samsung Galaxy S21

iPad Pro/Air 2022 with Cellular

Stuck? 

Appendix – Troubleshooting Led Status

The FreedomFi Indoor small cell comes with physical led indicators to provide status for troubleshooting. The table below can be used to rectify most common issues. If the LTE led is off while all other lights are on, you’ll need additional information from the FreedomFi Local Dashboard to resolve the problem.

To access the local dashboard, point your web browser to http://freedomfi-gateway.local from a device on the same network as the FreedomFi Gateway.

Symptom Remedy
PWR LED OFF
Check your power connection. Try plugging directly into the wall if you are currently connected to an extension cable. If you are using POE, ensure the “POE” side of the power injector is connected to the WAN port of Small Cell.
WAN LED OFF
Check the connections made in Step 3 and Step 4. Verify that both the Freedomfi and Small Cell are powered on. Verify that the cables are in the correct ports. Lastly, try a different ethernet cable.
SYNC LED OFF
Make sure the connection between the GPS antenna and Small cell is secure, and should be firm finger tight. Try a different location for the GPS antenna, e.g. closer to a window to help it get a GPS lock. If you are having trouble, we recommend using a cell phone app such as GPSTest to find a location where you can get a GPS lock.
LTE LED OFF
First thing to do is wait, it can take time for the SAS to authorize your small cell, rebooting resets the clock and will make it take longer. Check the Local Dashboard Radio tab and make sure the status for SAS, GPS, and LTE are all Success/InSync/Happy. If SAS is “Connected” do not reboot, keep waiting for it to change to “Success” If you have been stuck over 16 hours with SAS not “Success” then reboot the Gateway and small cell.
Symptom Remedy
PWR LED OFF
Check your power connection. Try plugging directly into the wall if you are currently connected to an extension cable. If you are using POE, ensure the “POE” side of the power injector is connected to the WAN port of Small Cell.
WAN LED OFF
Check the connections made in Step 3 and Step 4. Verify that both the Freedomfi and Small Cell are powered on. Verify that the cables are in the correct ports. Lastly, try a different ethernet cable.
SYNC LED OFF
Make sure the connection between the GPS antenna and Small cell is secure, and should be firm finger tight. Try a different location for the GPS antenna, e.g. closer to a window to help it get a GPS lock. If you are having trouble, we recommend using a cell phone app such as GPSTest to find a location where you can get a GPS lock.
LTE LED OFF
First thing to do is wait, it can take time for the SAS to authorize your small cell, rebooting resets the clock and will make it take longer. Check the Local Dashboard Radio tab and make sure the status for SAS, GPS, and LTE are all Success/InSync/Happy. If SAS is “Connected” do not reboot, keep waiting for it to change to “Success” If you have been stuck over 16 hours with SAS not “Success” then reboot the Gateway and small cell.
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