This installation guide is specific for setting up the MosoLabs Outdoor Small Cell for the Helium network.

Installation Steps

Step 1 – Preparation
Step 2 – Initial Connectivity Setup
Step 3 – Verify Connectivity Status
Step 4 – Outdoor Small Cell Installation
Step 5 – Small Cell Registration

STEP 1 - Preparation

Before you install your small cell, it is recommended that you unbox your small cell and become familiar with the kit contents. Your MosoLabs outdoor HGO small cell kit contains the items listed below.

This guide assumes that your FreedomFi gateway is already set up and is running. FreedomFi gateway software is updated to 1.12.2 or later.

IMPORTANT: Before you install your MosoLabs small cell, you will need to setup your FreedomFi Gateway.  The instructions for this can be found here:  https://freedomfi.com/freedomfi-gateway-setup-guide/

Make sure to complete setup your Gateway before installing your small cell.

MosoLabs' Outdoor Small Cell requires the FreedomFi Gateway to be running firmware version 1.12.2 or later. If your FreedomFi Gateway is on an older firmware version, it update within 2 hours if onboarded to Helium and online. You can check the firmware version on the FreedomFi Gateway Dashboard: http://freedomfi-gateway.local

If it is failing to get the update after this time period, there is likely an internet connection issue. Please reach out to us at support@mosolabs.com and put in a FreedomFi support ticket here: FreedomFi Customer Support Portal

Outdoor Small Cell Kit Contents

Before you install your small cell, it is recommended
that you unbox your small cell and become familiar with the kit contents. Your MosoLabs indoor small cell kit contains the items listed below.

Additional Required NOT INCLUDED Items

Here is a helpful explanation of different ethernet
categories:  https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/different-types-of-ethernet-cables-explained/

Step 2 - Initial Connectivity Setup

To start, we will be placing the Outdoor small cell inside near a window and next to your network gear to confirm a set of preliminary checks. This validates that things are working before the outdoor small cell is deployed to its permanent location where it may be difficult to access.

STEP 2.1 - Connect POE+ Injector

Connect the included POE+ Injector to a wall socket or a UPS. The POE+ injector should be installed indoors as it is not weatherproof. Extension cords (especially daisy-chained) are not recommended.

STEP 2.2 - Connect Ethernet cable to POE+ Injector

Connect the Ethernet cable to the port labeled LAN on the POE+ injector. 

STEP 2.3 - Connect the Ethernet cable to the Gateway

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

STEP 2.4 - Connect POE+ Ethernet Cable to the POE+ Injector

Connect an outdoor-rated Ethernet cable to the port labeled “POE” on the POE+ injector. The length of this cable should be long enough to reach the permanent location where you want to deploy the small cell. This will be the only cable that you need to route outside.

NOTE: Ethernet cables must be 330ft/100m or less in total length.

Here is an example: Outdoor Rated Cable

STEP 2.5 - Connect POE+ Ethernet cable to the Outdoor Small Cell

Assemble the weather seal around the end of your Ethernet cable.

Connect the other end of the outdoor rated Ethernet cable to the Outdoor small cell POE+ labeled port.

Note: The rubber seal splits so it can be attached around the cable easily

Connect the other end of the outdoor rated Ethernet cable to the Outdoor small cell POE+ labeled port (the top Ethernet port with a weatherproof dust cap).

For now, don't worry about the location of the outdoor small cell. We will be moving the outdoor small cell to a permanent location at a later point, but it is best to connect the cables while inside to make sure things are working.

STEP 3 - Verify Connectivity Status

Visit the small cell dashboard using: http://freedomfi-gateway.local from a computer or phone connected to the same network as the FreedomFi Gateway (WiFi or Ethernet connection is fine).

Select “Radio Dashboard” to see the status of your connected small cell.  If all goes well, you should see the following in the dashboard: Spectrum Access will be “TRYING” and On Air will be “OFF” until the small cell registration is submitted and approved. 

If you do not see the Radio Dashboard, then double check the connections you made in the prior steps above and verify your cables are all firmly connected and devices powered on.

On To Part 2!

Once you see the Radio Dashboard similar to the image shown, then you are ready to proceed to the actual outdoor installation/mounting and registration in the next steps.

Helium - Outdoor Small Cell Install Guide - Part 2