FreedomFi Outdoor Bundle

FreedomFi Gateway, Baicells Nova430H Outdoor CBRS small cell and 1 FreedomFi physical SIM card
The FreedomFi Outdoor CBRS Bundle includes the core components needed to set up a Helium 5G CBRS small cell hotspot and connect a mobile device to test and use the cellular network. The FreedomFi Gateway will mine HNT for providing LoRa coverage and together with the Baicells Nova430H can mine the new MOBILE token. The Baicells Nova430H is an outdoor CBRS small cell, plug-and-play certified for the FreedomFi Gateway and doesn’t require onsite installation by a CPI. The Nova430H has a pre-integrated 13.5dbi, 65 degree sector antenna and supports POE+ (power over ethernet), so the gateway can remain inside and only an ethernet cable needs to be run up to the small cell where it is mounted. Mounting hardware, such as a J-bar, chimney mount or tripod is not included and will need to be purchased separately depending on your planned installation location. Please review the FAQ prior to ordering.

FreedomFi Outdoor Bundle

FreedomFi Gateway, Baicells Nova430H Outdoor CBRS small cell and 1 FreedomFi physical SIM card
The FreedomFi Outdoor CBRS Bundle includes the core components needed to set up a Helium 5G CBRS small cell hotspot and connect a mobile device to test and use the cellular network. The FreedomFi Gateway will mine HNT for providing LoRa coverage and together with the Baicells Nova430H can mine the new MOBILE token. The Baicells Nova430H is an outdoor CBRS small cell, plug-and-play certified for the FreedomFi Gateway and doesn’t require onsite installation by a CPI. The Nova430H has a pre-integrated 13.5dbi, 65 degree sector antenna and supports POE+ (power over ethernet), so the gateway can remain inside and only an ethernet cable needs to be run up to the small cell where it is mounted. Mounting hardware, such as a J-bar, chimney mount or tripod is not included and will need to be purchased separately depending on your planned installation location. Please review the FAQ prior to ordering.

FreedomFi Outdoor Bundle

FreedomFi Gateway, Baicells Nova430H Outdoor CBRS small cell and 1 FreedomFi physical SIM card
The FreedomFi Outdoor CBRS Bundle includes the core components needed to set up a Helium 5G CBRS small cell hotspot and connect a mobile device to test and use the cellular network. The FreedomFi Gateway will mine HNT for providing LoRa coverage and together with the Baicells Nova430H can mine the new MOBILE token. The Baicells Nova430H is an outdoor CBRS small cell, plug-and-play certified for the FreedomFi Gateway and doesn’t require onsite installation by a CPI. The Nova430H has a pre-integrated 13.5dbi, 65 degree sector antenna and supports POE+ (power over ethernet), so the gateway can remain inside and only an ethernet cable needs to be run up to the small cell where it is mounted. Mounting hardware, such as a J-bar, chimney mount or tripod is not included and will need to be purchased separately depending on your planned installation location. Please review the FAQ prior to ordering.

Frequently Asked Questions

All sales are final and not returnable. We don’t want to discourage you, but be warned that cellular deployments are complicated and not for everybody. Make sure to read the FAQ below thoroughly and understand all the things you can’t do prior to purchasing and installing a small cell.

No. Only cellular devices that use data plans from Helium 5G roaming partners, such as GigSky and Dish Wireless will have the ability to connect to and benefit from the small cell you deploy. Just like Helium LoRa network that has been growing the number of its LoRa users over time, Helium 5G network will grow the number of Helium 5G roaming partners over time. In addition to GigSky and Dish Wireless, we expect to announce new roaming partners in the coming months and will continue growing the network in collaboration with the Helium team.

The Helium team is still developing the proof-of-coverage rewards system for the Helium 5G network. During the initial Mobile Genesis period (until POC rolls out), MOBILE token earnings are based on the heartbeat and connection tests of CBRS small cells registered to the network. Stay tuned for more POC details.

Unfortunately we cannot give you an exact number. Variables such as number of roaming partners onboarded, location of your cellular antenna and community approval (or otherwise) of HIP 37, 51 & 53 all influence the answer.

Since we are still in the early stages of onboarding cellular roaming partners and have not yet approved or implemented 5G PoC related HIPs, you won’t earn a lot more than a regular Helium hotspot on day one. However, if all goes well, we expect that over the next 24 months the earning potential of Helium 5G node operators will far exceed those of LoRa-only hotspot operators.

At the present, to use the cellular coverage provided by your Powered by FreedomFi CBRS small cell, you can purchase FreedomFi beta SIM cards. These SIM cards provide unlimited data on the Helium 5G network during the beta period as the network is built out. FreedomFi SIM card bundles are available for purchase here.

This is not a black or white answer. 5G is an architecture standard for cellular wireless networks that covers:
  • Architecture of the software (aka the network core);
  • Architecture of the radio hardware and interfaces
Contrary to the common belief, 5G is not specific to a frequency band and is not the same as high frequency mmWave. 5G uses much of the same frequencies as LTE.

With the Helium 5G rollout, we use CBRS spectrum (aka mid-band 5G spectrum) and provide a 5G-compliant architecture for the network core that runs on a FreedomFi Gateway. However, the first set of small cells we certified are LTE.

Why? Because LTE small cells are cheaper and more phones can connect to them. With pure 5G small cells today you gain nothing except higher equipment cost and a shorter phone compatibility list. As "high-band" 5G small cells operating in the mmWave frequencies become more common-place and cheaper, we will certify those radios and FreedomFi gateway owners will be able plug them into the gateway without needing to buy a different FreedomFi Gateway.

Yes. FreedomFi gateway can support up to 7 simultaneously connected small cells. You will need to install a switch between the gateway and a small cells, since the gateway only has 3 ethernet ports dedicated to small cells on the gateway box itself.

No. FreedomFi Gateway will only work with certified CBRS radios. Cellular radios come in many flavors and have a million knobs and settings. The only way for us to ensure consistent operation and security across all deployments is to only allow pre-certified radios with verified firmware presets.

Outdoor CBRS small cells must be installed 20 feet above ground to comply with the FCC regulations.

Unlike LoRa hotspots that have miles of range, outdoor small cells roughly have 5-6x the range Wi-Fi and come with directional sector antennas. If you put the small cell inside of your own house, not too many people will be able to connect to it (unless you point it out the window overlooking a park or something).

We recommend placing outdoor small cells outdoors (which is what they are designed for), pointing the antenna (front of small cell) towards highly trafficked locations like busy city streets, downtowns or outdoor shopping malls with lots of foot traffic etc.

Yes, but it will be done for you remotely. During the install process you will be asked to complete a series of measurements and submit photographic proof and details of the install location. Please review the outdoor small cell install guides for details. Using these details, we will provide complete remote CPI certification of the install. There is no cost for remote CPI certification of the outdoor small cells.

Please keep in mind, misrepresenting install details (either intentionally or otherwise) is an FCC rules violation, punishable by death. Just kidding… but the fines are steep so do you best to get it right.

Yes, outdoor small cell must be installed at an outdoor location with a relatively clear view of the sky, such that it can obtain a GPS lock.

12 months following the activation of your outdoor cellular antenna you will have to pay a recurring fee of $10/month for as long as you keep your cellular antenna active. Per mandate from the FCC, operators of CBRS cellular devices are required to pay a recurring fee to spectrum access server operators. Cost of the first year is on us.

Yes. HIP 17 rules apply to FreedomFi Gateways the same way they do to any other Helium Hotspot. If you place multiple hotspots within 300 feets of each other, it will negatively affect your mining rewards.

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