The Moso Flower is an outdoor small cell created by MosoLabs for Pollen. We recommend going directly to the setup guide on Moso's website for additional images, tips and resources.
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.
- MosoLabs HGO Outdoor Small Cell
- Pole clamp bracket and bolts
- Bracket pivot bolt, nuts, and washers
- Mounting bracket
- Mounting bracket mounting bolts, nuts, and washers
- POE with power cable
- Waterproof ethernet cable cover
- Grounding cable
Some additional items you might need—depending on your placement—that do not come with your kit include:
- Non penetrating roof mount
- Exterior Grade ethernet cable
- Ethernet lightning protector
Step 2: Location Tips
To start, make sure you select a good place for the outdoor small cell. 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, e.g. a park, a playground, an outdoor cafe/coffee shop.
For best coverage and earnings, outdoor small cells are best mounted as high as possible above ground level. This often means on a roof, or near the roof line of a building. Roof mounting examples for a home or small business:
Angled Roof: J-Bar mounted to the facia
Important: The outdoor small cell will require registration with the Spectrum Access System. Please reference How do I register my Flower with the SAS? for more information.
Step 3: Component Preparations and Assembly
Once you have selected your mounting location, confirm you have the necessary components for mounting. Depending on your mounting location, you may need a J-Pole, Non-Penetrating Roof Mount Mast, or other components that will give you a sturdy 2” diameter pipe to mount your small cell to. Prepare your chosen mounting equipment and installation hardware.
3.1 Mounting Bracket Assembly
Assemble the mounting bracket pivot bolt to connect the pipe clamp bracket to the main small cell mounting bracket.
Do not install the bracket on the small cell at this time.
3.2 Mounting Pole Installation
Once you have selected your mounting location and confirmed you have the necessary components for mounting, install your mounting pole.
Note: the pole is not provided in your kit.
3.3 Install Bracket on Mounting Pole
Attach the assembled MosoLabs mounting bracket to the mounting pole. Make sure the locator holes are positioned at the bottom of the bracket and you have tightened the pipe clamp sufficiently, then locked it in place with the second set of nuts.
3.4 Install Small Cell to the Mounting Bracket
Attach your Moso Flower to the mounting bracket. Use the locator holes at the bottom of the bracket to help align and hold the small cell while you install the screws. Adjust the tilt to point your small cell toward your desired target.
3.5 Connect the Grounding Cable
Now that your Moso Flower is mounted on the bracket, you are ready to attach the cables. First, attach the provided grounding cable to the nearest ground source. If an appropriate ground is not available within the length of the supplied cable, you may need to make a longer cable.
Step 4: Connectivity Setup
4.1 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.
4.2 Connect Ethernet cable to POE+ Injector
Connect one end of the Ethernet cable to the port labeled LAN on the POE+ injector.
Connect the other end of this cable to your internet router (whichever internet source you are using to provide internet to your small cell).
4.3 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
4.4 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.
Step 5: Go to Botanist
Scan the QR code on your Moso Flower to access Pollen Botanist which will show you the status of your installation, help you complete your provisioning process, and provide access to your NFT. Click here to learn more about using Botanist to setup your Pollen Flower.