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Our Hardware

This page will be an overview of some of the core pieces of hardware that we use to deploy our sites.

This page is in development, please contact us at lcl@seattlecommunitynetwork.org if you would like to learn more about the hardware we use.

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Network Site Equipment

Base Station (eNodeB)

Baicells Nova 233 Base Station Marketing Image

Baicells Nova 233 3.5GHz 1W Gen2

More info here

Panel Antennas (eNodeB)

Alpha Wireless Antenna Marketing Image

Alpha Wireless, 3.3-3.8GHz, 2x2 MIMO, 18dBi, +/-45°, 65°

More info here

Core Network Computer (EPC)

Qotom Mini PC Marketing Image

Qotom Mini PC Q190G4N S07

Key features:

  • 4 ethernet ports
  • designed to be run 24/7
  • small and quiet
  • cheap

More info here

User Access Devices

LTE Consumer Premises Equipment (CPE)

Baicells Atom CPE Marketing Image

Baicells Atom OD04 3.5GHz 14dBi

More info here

Outdoor WiFi Router

Mikrotik OmniTIK 5 PoE ac Marketing Image

Mikrotik OmniTIK 5 PoE ac

Outdoor router of choice for NYC Mesh, so it has been tried and tested. Good balance of quality and price.

More info here

Home WiFi Router

TP-Link Archer A5 Router Marketing Image

TP-Link Archer A5 Router

More info here

CBRS-Compatible Unlocked Smartphone

We purchase refurbished Google Pixel 4 smartphones because they are affordable, provide all necessary smartphone features, and are CBRS-compatible.

Note that purchasing CBRS-compatible phones can be a logistical challenge. We’ve experienced trouble purchasing from vendors that send incorrect models of phones that don’t support CBRS band and we had to go back and forth. Test your phones before distributing them!

Here is one spot to purchase refurbished phones.