Helium Miner Network Long Range Antenna (900 MHz Narrowband)
Helium Miner Network Long Range Antenna (900 MHz Narrowband)
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Highly directional Helium Miner Network Long Range Antenna providing 12 to 17 dBi Gain on Helium 900-930 MHz frequencies network. It focuses on boosting 900MHz Narrowband which covers Helium network frequencies from 903.9 MHz to 927.5 MHz.
It has a narrow band 903-928 MHz antenna horn on a signal focusing parabolic grid making it ultra powerful and ultra directional. Thus, it works best for all Helium Miner modems such as Bobcat miner 300, Rak v2 miner 915 m, etc. which are near 915 MHz freq. range.
It has a N-Female connector so requires cable with N-Male to RP-SMA connector (must be purchased separately) to fit RAK Hotspot Miner v2, Nebra Indoor, SyncroB.it, Bobcat, etc. U-bolt and right angle mount included, but mounting pole shown is not included with this purchase. Antenna pole, if needed, must be purchased separately.
What is Helium Miner Network?
The Helium network is popularly known as the People's Network. It is a public distributed network of Hotspots that creates global, long-range wireless coverage. This network is then used by IoT (Internet of Things) devices that are LoRaWAN enabled. As a Low Power, Wide Area (LPWA) networking protocol, LoRa WAN has been designed to connect "things" that are battery operated to the internet wirelessly.
The Helium blockchain's native cryptocurrency is $HNT and the Helium hotspots produce and are compensated in $HNT. The Helium blockchain is a new, open source, and public blockchain that has been created to incentivize the creation of decentralized, physical wireless networks.
The Helium blockchain currently consists of tens of thousands of Hotspots, providing access to the biggest LoRaWAN Network globally.
What is Helium Blockchain?
The Helium Blockchain is new and has been built from scratch to incentivize the creation of public, decentralized wireless networks.
The Helium Blockchain is based on a new, innovative work algorithm that known as Proof of Coverage. It rewards miners in the Helium blockchain's native token, $HNT. The Helium Blockchain was launched officially on July 29, 2019, and now runs on more than 10,000 Helium Miners globally. It powers the biggest decentralized public LoRaWAN Network in the world.
Why Mine $HNT?
The Helium network, also known as the People’s Network, consists of hotspots that create long-range wireless coverage for inexpensive and very low power IoT devices. The hotspots are rewarded on $HNT for helping create the network.
The world is fast becoming decentralized. Numerous services, technologies, and platforms are moving to open decentralized systems from proprietary centralized ones. The way for crypto-currencies and blockchain networks to be built has been paved by peer-to-peer networks like BitTorrent and Napster. Blockchain networks including Ethereum, Bitcoin, and others have demonstrated the value of decentralized transaction ledgers.
Existing Internet services such as the domain name system, identity verification, and file storage are being replaced by modern versions based on blockchain. Although software-level decentralization has moved very fast, physical networks take longer to be established. These networks are more complex to decentralize as they often need specialized hardware to function.
The Helium network is a protocol token, a blockchain, and a wide-area wireless networking system. The blockchain runs on a new consensus protocol, known as the Helium Consensus Protocol, and a new type of proof, known as Proof-of-Coverage. The Miners provide wireless network coverage in a time and physical location that are cryptographically verified and then submit proofs to the Helium network. The Miners that submit the best proofs are elected to a consensus group that is asynchronous byzantine fault tolerant at a fixed epoch.
Consensus group members receive encrypted transactions that other Miners submit and use very high transaction rates to compile them into blocks. Apart from the blockchain protocol, WHIP, the Helium Wireless protocol, provides two way data transfer between the Internet and wireless Devices via a network of independent providers that don’t rely on a single coordinator.
- Miners earn fees for validating the Helium network’s integrity and from transactions.
- Miners that provide network coverage also earn tokens.
- Devices pay to geolocate themselves and send data to and from the Internet.
Helium Network System Overview.
- The Helium network is a wireless decentralized network that has been built on a purpose-built blockchain around WHIP and uses a native token.
- Devices consist of hardware that contains a radio chip and firmware that is WHIP compatible. They pay Miners in tokens to send data to and from the Internet.
- Miners can earn tokens when they provide wireless network coverage via specialized hardware components that provide a bridge between Routers and WHIP.
- Devices store their public keys in the blockchain, while their private keys are stored in specialized hardware.
- Miners join the network when they assert their location, derived by satellite. This is a special kind of blockchain transaction. Miners also stake a token deposit.
- Miners stipulate the price they will accept for Proof-of-Location and data transport services, while Routers specify the price they are willing to pay for data for their Device. Miners get paid once they have proven that they have delivered data to the Router specified by the Device.
- When Miners are elected to a consensus group which is asynchronous byzantine fault tolerant, they can participate in creating new blocks in the blockchain.
- While Miners are part of a consensus group, they are rewarded with tokens for blocks they create.
- The probability of a Miner to be elected to a consensus group is based on the wireless network coverage’s quality.
- The blockchain uses Proof-of-Coverage to verify that Miners are in fact representing the wireless network coverage they create.
Helium Network Participants.
There are three types of participants in the Helium network - Devices, Miners, and Routers.
Devices use WHIP compatible hardware to send encrypted data to and from the Internet. Device data is fingerprinted with the fingerprint being stored on the blockchain. The wireless network coverage to the Helium network is provided by Miners using purpose-built hardware known as Hotspots. These provide a long-range bridge between the Internet and WHIP devices. Users can join the Helium network as Miners by purchasing a Hotspot that is WHIP compatible and staking a token deposit which is proportional to the density of Miners in the area.
Miners take part in the Proof-of-Coverage process to prove that they provide wireless network coverage continuously that Devices are able to use. Miners join the Helium network with a score that will decline if blocks pass without valid proof being submitted. A new group of Miners is elected to a consensus group at an epoch. This group mines new blockchain blocks and is paid the block reward as well as transaction fees for all transactions included in the blocks that they have mined. If a Miner's score drops, the probability of them being elected to a consensus group declines.
Routers are Internet applications that buy encrypted data from Miners for their Devices. In areas with enough Miners, a Router can pay several Miners to get enough copies of a packet to geolocate Devices without having to use satellite location hardware. This is known as Proof-of-Location. Routers are the endpoint for Device data encryption. Devices write on the blockchain to which Routers a specific Miner should send their data. Any Helium network Hotspot can send data for any Device to the correct Router. Routers are responsible to confirm to Hotspots that Device data was delivered to the right destination. This serves as confirmation that the Miner should be paid for their services.
How to Get Started as a Miner?
An internet connection and a Hotspot device are all that are required for you to start Helium mining.
Simply download the mobile application to your phone and activate your hotspot. Once activated, the hotspot will begin transferring device data and this will earn you HNT.
Before you buy a Hotspot miner, you need to specify the frequency of your country. Every continent has its own frequency. If you don’t know your country’s frequency check LoRaWAN Frequency Plans and Regulations by Country.
There's a wide variety of Helium hotspot miners available to purchase. With the massive increase in the popularity of the Helium network, the number of online scams has however also unfortunately increased.
When you are ready to buy your Helium hotspot, make sure you buy it from an authorized Helium manufacturer.
The fake websites listed below should be avoided at all costs when you shop for your Helium miner:
Maximizing your Earning Potential.
The bigger the area your hotspot covers, the greater your earning potential. Obstacles such as walls and windows, as well as terrain and other buildings in the area, can have a negative effect on your miner's coverage. This product listing of ultra directional antenna that is narrowband to cover only Helium network frequencies can help achieve best coverage.
There are two things you can do in this regard to maximize your profits: Placing your hotspot correctly and using a high dBi (gain) antenna such as the one sold at this product listing.
Placing your Hotspot.
It is recommended that a hotspot is placed as high as possible and in a clear line of sight to other hotspots. If your location is on a hill or mountain, you're in good shape. Putting this highly directional antenna for your hotspot on a roof or on a high mast will also elevate it and improve your coverage.
Elevating the hotspot gives it the potential to reach other miners in a 12.5 mile (15 km) radius or even farther.
Antenna Gain (dBi).
Antenna is an essential component of a Helium Hotspot that transfers signals between the devices. The higher the dBi or gain of the antenna is, the longer and more narrow its signal coverage gets. An exterior antenna like this dish shaped metallic grid antenna with horn that can be focussed towards the signal source can help in some situations more than an attached stock whip antenna that comes with the modem. This outside can provide additional 12 to 17 dB Gain by capturing signals from outside where they are strongest and injecting them indoors to the modem via low loss coax cable.
Radiation Pattern on 900-960 MHz / 0.6-0.96 GHz providing up to 12-17 dBi:
When buying an antenna, make sure that the frequency of the antenna is the same as that of your hotspot (this one covers all frequencies listed below.
In USA, Helium uses the 915 MHz frequency band. The channels are as follows:
US-915 Uplink frequencies:
- 903.9 MHz
- 904.1 MHz
- 904.3 MHz
- 904.5 MHz
- 904.7 MHz
- 904.9 MHz
- 905.1 MHz
- 905.3 MHz
- 905.6 MHz
US-915 Downlinklink frequencies:
- 923.3 MHz
- 923.9 MHz
- 925.1 MHz
- 925.7 MHz
- 926.3 MHz
- 926.9 MHz
- 927.5 MHz
- 923.3 MHz
Is Helium Mining Risky?
Yes, it is risky. Helium is a start-up network that competes with telecommunication companies that are already well-established. It can either flop like many other start-ups out there, or be the next big thing that rewards its investors greatly. You should invest based on your financial situation. Never invest what you can't afford to lose.
|Frequency Range (MHz)||900 MHz.|
|Gain (dBi)||12 to 17.|
|Polarization||Vertical or Horizontal.|
|Half-power Beam Width (°)||20 Horizontal, 23 Vertical.|
|Front-to-back Ratio (dB)||20 AVG.|
|VSWR||1.6:1 / 1.4:1 AVG.|
|Max Input Power (W)||100.|
|Lighting Protection||DC Ground.|
|Connector||Type N- Female.|
|Fits||Type 400 Cable with N-Male Connectors, cable with N-Male to RP-SMA connector, or any other with N-Male connector on one end that fits this antenna and variable another connector on other end that fits the signal's target device such as router or modem.|
|Dimensions (in / mm)||24 x 39 x 16 / 60 x 99 x 40.|
|Dimensions, Boxed (in / mm)||20 x 25 x 4 / 51 x 63 x 10.|
|Antenna Weight (lb / kg)||5.3 / 2.4 with bracket.|
|Packing Weight (lb / kg)||7.2 / 3.3.|
|Rated Wind Velocity (mph / kph)||130 / 209.|
|Wind Load @ Rated Velo (M / K)||150 / 68.|
|Mounting Mast Diam. (in / mm)||1.5-2.0 / 40-50.|
|Reflector Finish||Electrostatic Powder Coat.|
|Radome Material||ASA Anti UV.|
|Antenna System Color||Flat Gray.|
|Water Resistance||IPX Weather Rated|
|Operating Temperature (°C / °F)||-40 to +60 / -40 to +140.|
|Country of Origin||Made In USA.|
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Note: For any signal booster to help, outside signal strength must be at least -110 dB or there must be a clear line of sight to a cell tower that is within twenty miles. Before ordering, please check outside signal level in decibels or ensure that you can make and hold a phone call at any good spot outside where you can mount an exterior antenna. Square footage stated in signal booster listings is based on good signal outside. If it is any weaker, the boosted sq. ft. area will be considerably lower, accordingly.
Kevin K. of Anderson, California gave the following review:
Website is easy to use with plain straight forward info but could have had more on testing signal strength to make sure you get a strong enough booster.
Therefore, please note that stated sq. ft. coverage is based on good signal outside. For best results: If outside signal is weak, we suggest choosing the next higher sq. ft. coverage kit. If outside signal is very weak, we suggest choosing the kit with even more higher sq. ft. range bracket. Basically, higher the sq. ft. bracket, the more powerful the signal amplifier with greater Gain as well as higher uplink and downlink output power.
If outside signal is too weak (weaker than -110 dB), submit request for cell coverage solution assessment. Upon receipt of questionnaire, we will perform residential or business site survey. This will help us determine the system that is needed to improve cell coverage. Then, we will create system design using that system such as femtocell, active or hybrid distributed antenna system (DAS), or other carrier feed signal enhancing method available that will work at your signal-challenged location. Finally, we will schedule for installation after equipment and installation service quote has been approved by you, or your company.
Please note: Most home / office / building cell signal booster kits only include bracket to mount exterior antenna on outside wall, edge of roof, or existing pipe up to 2 inches in diameter. Mounting pole not included with most kits, unless stated specifically that it is included for free. Therefore, a mounting post must be purchased separately if you will require it to mount exterior antenna.