Why Isn’t Your Hotspot Earning More?



So you’ve got your Heli­um Hotspot up and crank­ing and you’re all proud of your new deploy­ment. Well done you! 

As you cruise around Explor­er to see how much bet­ter your deploy­ment is than every­one else’s, you notice a neigh­bor who’s earn­ing more. What’s the deal? Are they cheat­ing? Do they have a mag­ic anten­na? How are they DOING that? Why aren’t YOU the one earn­ing the most?

Let’s walk through what mat­ters the most with Heli­um Hotspots, why oth­ers might be earn­ing more than you, and how you can *poten­tial­ly* increase your earn­ings. I’ll give it to you straight up front: You may not be able to fig­ure it out, but if you care­ful­ly go through what I sug­gest in this post, you’ll be much more like­ly to under­stand what’s going on.

First, the sin­gle most impor­tant aspect of a hotspot’s earn­ings is its loca­tion rel­a­tive to oth­er hotspots. It’s not the anten­na. It’s not the cables. It’s almost nev­er cheat­ing. It’s loca­tion. Even 100 meters can make an enor­mous dif­fer­ence. It’s not that the oth­ers total­ly don’t mat­ter, it’s just that loca­tion mat­ters so much.

A hotspot will earn the most if it can Wit­ness (has a clear Line of Sight to) many oth­er high trans­mit reward scale (.8 or bet­ter) hotspots. This sys­tem of rewards is called Proof of Cov­er­age, or PoC. It’s impor­tant you under­stand Proof of Cov­er­age and the earn­ings break­down, as it’s fun­da­men­tal to why you earn more (or less) than your neighbors.

Earnings Breakdown

Out of all the Heli­um dis­trib­uted per epoch (every 30 min­utes or so), your Hotspot gets reward­ed for 3 pos­si­ble events:

  1. Cre­at­ing a Challenge 
  2. Bea­con­ing that Chal­lenge (being the “Chal­lengee)
  3. Wit­ness­ing that Challenge

I’ve cov­ered how that works in a sep­a­rate post, here.

For now, let’s sep­a­rate the PoC (Proof of Cov­er­age) piece from the oth­er HNT dis­trib­uted to investors, the Con­sen­sus Group (aka Val­ida­tors) and Data Trans­fer, and take a look at just PoC as a pie chart:

In case you need num­bers, in terms of avail­able HNT for an earn­ing event (NOT all HNT dis­trib­uted per epoch) that’s:

  • 4% for the Challenge
  • 19% for the Beacon
  • 77% for the Witness.

This should make it clear that your hotspot’s earn­ings are most affect­ed by the qual­i­ty and quan­ti­ty of your wit­ness­es.

The Witness List: Quality & Quantity

If your and your neigh­bor’s hotspot have even slight dif­fer­ences in ele­va­tion or geog­ra­phy that change the Line of Sight access to oth­er hotspots, that can make a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence in the quan­ti­ty and qual­i­ty of your witnesses. 

Qual­i­ty and quan­ti­ty of Wit­ness­es are one of the biggest fac­tors in earn­ings differences. 

You’ll need to care­ful­ly com­pare their list of wit­ness­es to your list of wit­ness­es to see what the dif­fer­ences are. Just look­ing at a pic­ture of lots of sexy yel­low lines radi­at­ing out from a hotspot is NOT a care­ful com­par­i­son; get deep into Excel. 

Line of Sight: Slight Changes, Big Differences

The oth­er thing to check care­ful­ly is the Line of Sight you have as well as the oth­er hotspot. This can be dif­fi­cult and some­times down­right mis­lead­ing, as there’s no guar­an­tee a hotspot is *exact­ly* where they’ve asserted. 

For pri­va­cy rea­sons, many hotspot own­ers assert their loca­tion at the near­est inter­sec­tion of roads. Assert­ing your hotspot with­in about 150 meters does­n’t appear to car­ry any penal­ty in HNT earn­ings, though that’s NOT a guarantee.

That means you might think you’re mea­sur­ing the cor­rect line of sight, even though you’re not. Addi­tion­al­ly, there’s no require­ment to accu­rate­ly enter the ele­va­tion of a hotspot. The hotspot you’re try­ing to assess could be 30 sto­ries up a build­ing but report­ing as on the ground.

Even if you DO do care­ful research, you still may not have enough infor­ma­tion to accu­rate­ly assess why a neigh­bor’s hotspot is earn­ing more than yours. 

Antenna Choice (The Dark Side of High Gain)

What’s anoth­er fac­tor in earn­ings? Well, it’ll date this arti­cle a bit (this is good as long as PoCv10 applies), but under the PoCv10 rules, which I’ve writ­ten about here, if your anten­na OR that of your wit­ness­es is much high­er than the Heli­um RSSI/SNR guide­lines, that can inval­i­date your wit­ness earn­ings, and wit­ness earn­ings are what con­tribute the most.

Espe­cial­ly if you and many of your wit­ness­es have high­er gain anten­nas (any­thing above, say, 4 dBi), those gains add up, and can push you over the wrong side of the curve.

If you’re on the wrong (invalid) side of the RSSI/SNR curve, you don’t earn HNT. This is yet anoth­er rea­son to use the low­est dBi anten­na pos­si­ble; you’ve GOT to stay on the right (actu­al­ly, left) side of that line.

Unlike the first fac­tor, this does­n’t have much to do with the qual­i­ty and quan­ti­ty of your wit­ness­es, it’s more to do with the strength and clar­i­ty of your radio signal. 

So there it is: The most like­ly fac­tors for a dif­fer­ence in earn­ings between you and your high­er-earn­ing neigh­bor are usu­al­ly explain­able, even if you don’t like the explanation.

How to Win

I’ll close out with some advice: Com­par­i­son is the thief of joy. If you get too wrapped around the axle try­ing to “beat” oth­er hotspots, you’ll miss a lot of the joy that goes into doing the best job YOU can do, giv­en the con­straints YOU have. Hotspots that fol­low the guide­lines for pro­vid­ing WUPU cov­er­age will con­sis­tent­ly earn the most. That’s the key. Con­tribute unique and use­ful val­ue to the net­work and you’ll be rewarded.

Best of luck with it all, I’m stoked to grow the net­work with you! If you need help with increas­ing your HNT flow and you’re will­ing to have an open mind and work hard, I pro­vide con­sult­ing for Heli­um Hotspot Opti­miza­tion.

Rock on!


54 responses to “Why Isn’t Your Hotspot Earning More?”

  1. Michael Avatar

    Hey Nik,

    Insight­ful post, as always!

    I had a ques­tion about your part here, “many hotspot own­ers assert their loca­tion at the near­est inter­sec­tion of roads. Assert­ing your hotspot with­in about 150 meters doesn’t appear to car­ry any penal­ty in HNT earn­ings, though that’s NOT a guarantee.” 

    How does some­one assert their hotspot loca­tion in a dif­fer­ent place than where the hotspot actu­al­ly is, like an inter­sec­tion of roads? Is that done in the Heli­um app or anoth­er way?

  2. Hi Michael, you can assert/re-assert your loca­tion through the app. Costs about $10 each time.

  3. Michael Avatar

    That makes sense and I have seen the abil­i­ty to change hotspot loca­tion there.
    What con­cerns me is not know­ing if I can put in an exact address of where my hotspot is or if Heli­um is going to ping it with GPS or some­thing and assert the loca­tion based on where it thinks it is.

  4. Hi Michael, you can assert an exact loca­tion. Heli­um will cen­ter it in the res 12 for the API (so if you use Helium.Vision you can see it there), but for easy-access pub­lic fac­ing info (Explor­er) it’ll show as cen­tered in the res 8 it’s in. No GPS pings.

  5. Michael Avatar

    Awe­some, thanks so much Nik!!

  6. Does the dis­tance from the hotspot you are wit­ness­ing have any effect on earn­ings? For exam­ple, am I bet­ter off putting a sec­ond hotspot at a friends house that is 1km away or 3 km away? Or does it make no difference?

  7. Michael Avatar

    Then, I’m assum­ing the only rea­son for assert­ing a loca­tion oth­er than where the min­er actu­al­ly is would be for pri­va­cy? Are there no oth­er added ben­e­fits? Or does reward scale also get affected?

  8. Hi Steve, as long as they have line of sight there should­n’t be a huge dif­fer­ence between 1 and 3 km.

  9. Well, pri­va­cy is the only rea­son­able jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for mis-asserting.

  10. Michael Avatar

    Got it, thanks!

  11. Hi Nik,

    I’d love to see you write a post about Relayed hotspots. I’m still wait­ing patient­ly on my Bob­cats, but learn­ing as much as I can in the mean­time. When­ev­er I look at the Heli­um maps I see a LOT of hotspots that are relayed.
    I’d love to see one of your thought­ful posts that breaks down the rea­sons this hap­pens, how it can be fixed, how/if it can be avoid­ed ahead of time (would open­ing up the ports ahead of time pre­vent it, for exam­ple?), what effect it does/doesn’t actu­al­ly have on prof­its, etc etc.
    I’ve looked at a num­ber of videos and posts, but end up more con­fused than when I start­ed. I real­ly appre­ci­ate your clear style of explain­ing things. 

    Thanks very much!

  12. Kel­ly, love the idea! I can already see the title: “Why TF am I Relayed?”

  13. Excel­lent, look­ing for­ward to it! Thanks for all your contributions.

  14. Hi Nik

    I under­stand the con­cept that a high­er DBi anten­na shapes the sig­nal mean­ing it can reach fur­ther, but I’m guess­ing that does­nt actu­al­ly mean it can hear hotspots from any fur­ther away? or would a high­er DBi anten­na in the­o­ry allow you to wit­ness more bea­cons? also does your own anten­na affect the sig­nal strength of a received bea­con in RSSI or SNR? so if the bea­con­er has lets say an 8DBi anten­na and you’re get­ting invalid wit­ness­es, does chang­ing your own anten­na to a low­er pow­ered one affect the result mov­ing either the SNR or RSSI back to accept­able limits?
    On from this does a phys­i­cal­ly larg­er anten­na actu­al­ly help pick up more bea­cons in the sur­face area giv­ing a bet­ter chance of pick­ing up a rel­a­tive­ly weak sig­nal regard­less of DBi?
    It seems like you’d want an anten­na that had a rel­a­tive­ly low Tx gain as theres no point in reach­ing more than 25 hotspots for the bea­con reward, but a high abil­i­ty to receive to pick up as many sig­nals from as far away as pos­si­ble, all with­out inval­i­dat­ing witnesses.
    final­ly I’ve nev­er seen an answer to this final bit — do you know what decides which 25 hotspots are cho­sen to be wit­ness­es when more than 25 actu­al­ly pick up the sig­nal? there have to be cities where there are 100+ wit­ness­ing a bea­con, so there must be some code that defines this, is it sim­ply first come first served or is there some­thing that you can do oth­er than fix­ing relay­ing to improve chances of being one of the ones selected?


  15. High­er gain applies to both trans­mit and receive. In the world of Heli­um, it does­n’t real­ly mat­ter, as even a low gain can wit­ness over 200km away rou­tine­ly with clear Line of Sight. High­er gains put you at more risk of inva­lid­ing the RSSI/SNR curve.

    For your 25 wit­ness ques­tion, it’s a race to report. The first 25 to report get the prize.

  16. I have a neigh­bour­ing hot spot that is about 80 meters away from me is it pos­si­ble to place my loca­tion near the edge of our shared hex to get 350 meters between us? Would there be there a penal­ty for doing this?

  17. Hi Keswick, as long as you’re not get­ting scaled, the only penal­ty for a hotspot with­in 300m is you can’t earn off of it. If you have plen­ty of wit­ness­es, that’s not a big deal.

  18. Hi Nik thanks for your reply,
    We are both cur­rent­ly scaled @ 0.41 so would the only ben­e­fit would be that we could wit­ness each oth­er? We are in a pret­ty dense area so maybe it’s not worth it to move I was­n’t sure if there was some oth­er penal­ty for being so close.

    Also great blog, I’ve learnt so much from you thanks!

  19. Ah. Check the HIP 17 post for more on scal­ing, that might help you under­stand what’s going on. Glad to hear this has helped you learn!

  20. […] our cur­rent PoC (Proof of Cov­er­age, more on that here) rewards account for 26% of all HNT (let’s call that about a third) and the data across the […]

  21. Dick Headstrong Avatar
    Dick Headstrong

    Hey Again,
    Sor­ry to keep ask­ing you ques­tions when you won’t take my mon­ey, but not too sor­ry, obviously.
    First, my orig­i­nal ques­tion is sim­i­lar to the wit­ness­ing one above. How is it deter­mined who gets to send a bea­con? Where I’m at, being the bea­con is 5 times more prof­itable than being a wit­ness. But some peo­ple are send­ing 4 times a day and late­ly I’m lucky to get 2 every 3 days.

    Regard­ing being the fastest to make the 25? Could long stretch­es of eth­er­net cable be respon­si­ble for slow­ing response time? I’ve got noth­ing over 300 ft, but cur­rent­ly that anten­na is the longest run at my house and goes thru a switch which my ASIC min­ers are on.

    On the relay thing, It seems like some of the high­est earn­ers are relayed (Not a major­i­ty, but a few) so I don’t under­stand what the con­cern is. Also it seems some of these relayed hotspots are respon­si­ble for what looks like me (and oth­ers) wit­ness­ing hotspots in St. George, or Seat­tle or oth­er unlike­ly places 1000 miles away. How does that happen?

    Let me know if you change your mind on that dona­tion thing. Thanks Again

  22. Hi Dick, chal­lenges are ran­dom­ly assigned to chal­lengees. A hotspot is eli­gi­ble to sub­mit a chal­lenge rough­ly every 300 blocks. Bea­con­ing should def­i­nite­ly not be 5x more prof­itable than wit­ness­ing; it should be the oth­er way around. It’ll sound sil­ly, but are you sure you’re read­ing those receipts correctly? 

    Prob­a­bly not eth­er­net length that’s your prob­lem. Could be the switch or your inter­net connection. 

    More on relayed hotspots here.

    Wit­ness­es over 150 miles away are usu­al­ly just hotspots that have been moved but haven’t changed their loca­tion yet.

  23. Dick Headstrong Avatar
    Dick Headstrong

    Hey Again,
    It’s actu­al­ly more like 10x.
    Typ­i­cal 25 wit­ness = 0.015 HNT
    Typ­i­cal Sent Bea­con = 0.15 HNT

    I’m not sure if I can paste a screen­shot here so here’s an exam­ple from my com­pet­ing neigh­bor. Just go to “all activ­i­ty”, scroll down until you find the blue “Sent” and com­pare to a sin­gle “wit­ness” with 25. (I tried to paste a screen­shot, but couldn’t)


  24. Dick Headstrong Avatar
    Dick Headstrong

    Of course it does work out even­tu­al­ly to your pic chart. You just get so few Send Bea­cons that they end up being a much small­er part of your rev­enue. Indi­vid­u­al­ly, they are quite significant.

  25. Makes sense in an over­crowd­ed area; you’re split­ting the Wit­ness prize with so many.

  26. Hey Nik, I recent­ly added Lora sen­sor data to my net­work and ran some tests on my hotspot.
    After 4 hours send­ing 8 bytes of data every minute, I end up with burn­ing more HNT con­vert­ed to DC than earn­ing rewards !
    It sounds coun­ter­in­tu­itive but I thought rewards for data can now go up to 35% of total rewards.
    Per­haps you have an expla­na­tion or maybe you can do arti­cle some time on data rewards.
    Thanks, Sean.

  27. Hi Sean, hmm, I think there’s a basic mis­un­der­stand­ing here. You earn HNT for pro­cess­ing DC. As more data flows on the net­work, you’ll earn more HNT. Up to 35% of HNT dis­trib­uted per epoch is set aside to be dis­trib­uted for min­ers pro­cess­ing DC, but if it isn’t used, it gets re-allo­cat­ed to the min­er pool in general. 

    4 hours isn’t enough time to have a good pic­ture on how much your min­er will earn. 

    Every 24 bytes sent in an uplink or down­link pack­et cost 1 DC = $.00001” -Heli­um’s site

    1 DC = 24 bytes. With your 8 byte pack­ets you’re prob­a­bly not send­ing more than that even with the fcnt, fport, etc.

    So, 1 DC/minute for 4 hours = 240 DC. With HNT around $20 (just to make the math rea­son­able), each HNT = 20/.00001 DC, or 2 mil­lion DC. That works out to a cost of .00012 HNT for those 4 hours. Sure­ly you’re earn­ing more than .00003 HNT per hour on average?

    How much did you min­er make in that 4 hour peri­od? Usu­al­ly we like to see 7 day earn­ings for a min­er to get an aver­age, as rewards are spiky in the short term. 

    More on DC over on Red­dit, here.

    Let me know if that makes sense.

  28. Am I right in assum­ing it’s com­plete­ly just luck of the draw w/ how often you see action? My BF and I both set up our bob­cats last week. He’s killing it com­pared to me, he’s seems to get more action plus he has a wit­ness­es and I can’t get one 🙁 The BF saw great results when he moved his miner/antenna into his garage attic. I have mine out­side my 2nd sto­ry win­dow which I guess has helped some. 

    I’m Feisty Flax­en Robin. He’s Puny Misty Worm. I’m debat­ing if I should move my min­er to my mom’s house and hope it does bet­ter. I noticed that 1 min­er near me is offline. And the oth­er 2 clos­est are relayed.

  29. Hi Amy, it has much more to do with how many hotspots you have a clear line of sight to. There is a ran­dom ele­ment to whether or not you earn as a Wit­ness (10 hotspots ran­dom­ly cho­sen out of every Wit­ness­ing hs), but that’s it. Mov­ing your hotspot is the most pow­er­ful thing you can do when it comes to chang­ing earnings.

  30. Well I final­ly got 1 wit­ness, but there is still a lot more to be had, LOL. The wit­ness I got seems to be get­ting wit­ness­es in 360 degrees. The oth­er wit­ness close and online only seems to be get­ting them in the direc­tion oppo­site me. So I’m going to guess he’s not posi­tioned to do 360 (he seems to be get­ting about 180 degree cov­er­age). This seems to be a love­ly game of find­ing what works the best. I’m going to assume if those min­ers clos­est to be (but “behind me”) don’t seem to be online, it’s not worth focus­ing on con­nect­ing to them (They are relayed cur­rent­ly). It would seem I’m posi­tioned to face best right now, but there are trees, hous­es, a radio tow­er, etc that all prob­a­bly are mess­ing things up some­what, LOL.

  31. Hey Nik,

    I have a bob­cat min­er and i have been using the small anten­na that comes with it. 7 out of 7 in progress were com­plete on the app. I also opened the port for my bob­cat and i had a few wit­ness­es so i received rewards dai­ly. I used this for a few weeks and i start­ed los­ing wit­ness­es so i did resync and fast sync but i still did­nt gain more wit­ness­es. 35 hours ago i dis­con­nect­ed every­thing and i con­nect­ed a new mcgill anten­na on my roof attached to a LMR 600 cable to the same bob­cat. My bob­cat light is green and im online in my Heli­um app too (0.83 because a sec­ond min­er in my hexa­gon). 6 out of 7 in progress on the app are now com­plete except the wit­ness list is still pend­ing. When i try dis­cov­ery mode there are 0 wit­ness­es respond­ing. Since 20 hours ago i receive about 0,25 cents each 7 hours as reward. Do i have to wait for the wit­ness list to be com­plete or is there some­thing wrong? Any ideas so i can get wit­ness­es again and a high­er reward?



  32. Hi Romano, just be patient. Leave every­thing con­nect­ed, don’t even both­er with Dis­cov­ery, and just wait. It’ll sort itself out in a day or two.

  33. Vladimir Avatar

    Hi Nik, call­ing you all the way from Serbia.
    I am glad I’ve found your bog cause it is mi blowing.
    The more I read the more I con­clude how much is there.
    Have I prac­ti­cal ques­tion and would be very grate­ful on your comment.
    I believe that I have good loca­tion, I’m 5.6 km clear view from the city and around 100m up. Very clear view.
    Which type of Anten­na do you sug­gest, omni or direc­tion­al, how strong, indoor or outdoor.
    Thank you very much on your answer and just keep on…

  34. Hi Nik, I’ve got­ten around 110 wit­ness­es in the past 5 days but this num­ber is slow­ly drop­ping. It seems that I’m see­ing less action day by day. Also I haven’t received any POC rewards in days and that’s where the biggest chunk of earn­ing come from (around 0.04 hnt). Is there some­thing I can do to improve it oth­er than to move my anten­na high­er up? Could it be because it’s a 5.8 dbi anten­na and sort of break­ing the pocv10 rules? Many thanks, Ivan

  35. 5.8 should­n’t be a prob­lem. Gen­er­al net­work incon­sis­ten­cies are nor­mal right now, and recent updates will con­tin­ue to give a fair amount of noise vs sig­nal. No PoC rewards in a few days is a lit­tle trou­bling. Dou­ble check things are func­tion­ing with HeliumStatus.io. Pow­er cycle as a last resort.

  36. Hi Vladimir, in the EU region I’d go with an an out­door omni, 5.8 — 8 as a start.

  37. Vladimir Avatar

    Dear Nick,
    Thank you on fast reply.
    I for­got to men­tion that moun­tain is behind me and I do not have any­thing vis­i­ble behind. That’s why I’m think­ing of maybe direc­tion­al anten­na. Or, maybe omni will also be good because of ricoshet­ing if pos­si­ble. Is it impor­tant that ante­na to be attached to some stick lit­tle away from the house or it is good enough to attach it near chimney?
    Thank you on advance.

  38. No prob. Chim­ney mount is fine. I’d still go with an omni, but at the end of the day you’ll need to test to be absolute­ly sure.

  39. Nik, thanks for all the info to help us all out. Quick ques­tion that keeps me scratch­ing my head each day. I send out a bea­con and am wit­nessed by loca­tion 2… Loca­tion 2 sends out a bea­con but I don’t wit­ness it back. Do you think this is more me or loca­tion 2? Get­ting HNTen­na soon to see if it’s a polar­iza­tion bounce gone wrong. Thanks!

  40. Well, I’ll start off with the stan­dard “RF is weird”, but…the wit­ness thing is a ran­dom selec­tion from all the hotspots who wit­nessed it. So if you’ve got more than 10 hotspots wit­ness­ing a bea­con, the wit­ness­es & rewards are ran­dom­ly cho­sen from that cohort, which can be large. Does that help?

  41. It does but like you said it is weird and hard to pre­dict. None of us exceed 10(usually 2–6 max one day and 0 the next) so I am not sure what is going on late­ly. I can go from .4 hnt one day to .02 the next. Noth­ing has been very con­sis­tent to try and build data sam­pling off of.

  42. Vladimir Avatar

    Dear Nick,
    I’m try­ing to define some rules regard­ing rewards..
    Still have some doubts:
    Does total his­tor­i­cal amount of wit­ness­es imapct on a rewards and activ­i­ty? I noticed that good hotspots has more than 30 activ­i­ties per day and that I have 2 or 3. Sim­i­lar con­di­tions regard­ing topog­ra­phy, anten­na, gain but the only dif­fer­ence is that he is on net­work for 3 months and I am 3 days. Does this data has any impact on num­ber of activ­i­ties regard­less of chal­lenger, chal­langee or witness?
    Thank you so much again.

  43. Hi Vladimir,
    Total his­tor­i­cal amount of wit­ness­es isn’t impor­tant. Give it anoth­er week or so before you real­ly start work­ing the data on your own hotspot; it takes a while to build up enough data to make a use­ful decision.

  44. Hi Nik,

    I’ve read through a few blogs, web­sites, forums, and watched a few YouTubes. My hotspot is Eager Punch Wolver­ine and its wit­ness­ing pro­por­tion appears very low. I pur­chased a 5.8 dBi anten­na to see if this would help with this low per­for­mance. Is this due to the fact that I’m locat­ed around many town­homes and that the hotspots around me are 700+ meters away? I noticed oth­er hotspots like my friend’s (Fur­ry Pewter Anteater) which is clos­er to oth­er hotspots (400+ meters) and not sur­round­ed by town­homes (he has a SFR) has a high­er rate of wit­ness­ing. Hope­ful­ly, the anten­na helps, but I’m just try­ing to under­stand why I’m not wit­ness­ing as many trans­ac­tions and what I can do to resolve this.


  45. What are the dif­fer­ences between you and your friend? Here’s what matters:
    ‑Line of Sight from your anten­na to oth­er hotspot antennas
    ‑num­ber of hotspots with cLoS (clear Line of Sight) that are with­in 30 km
    ‑with­out cLoS, range can be *dras­ti­cal­ly* reduced.

  46. I pur­chased a 4 dbi anten­na for my min­er and it is mount­ed just above the peak of my roof. Twen­ty feet of RG58 cable con­nects the anten­na to the min­er. The min­er is con­nect­ed to my net­work via eth­er­net and receives pow­er from a wall adapter. I live in a flat sub­ur­ban area with a lot of tall, mature oak trees and my anten­na is at the same ele­va­tion as the sur­round­ing tree canopy. Most near­by homes are sin­gle sto­ry, as is mine. I’m won­der­ing what I can do to improve my earnings/rx/tx. My thoughts are to increase the height of my anten­na or reduce the length of cable (ie reduce atten­u­a­tion). Mount­ing the anten­na high­er will require putting the min­er in an exte­ri­or rat­ed enclo­sure and pro­vid­ing pow­er via eth­er­net. Would either of these pro­vide more than mar­gin­al improve­ment? Which of these do you think would pro­vide most improve­ment? Thanks for any help you can provide.

  47. Hi Bryan, increase anten­na height is your best option. You can also think about enter­ing in the “known atten­u­a­tion” (dB loss) from the sur­round­ing canopy into your gain cal­cu­la­tions. You’d have to test that, but that might allow you to use some extra pow­er to punch through those trees with­out get­ting dinged by the FSPL calcs Heli­um does on all received signals.

  48. Nik — thanks for the help­ful feed­back. I just fin­ished rais­ing the anten­na 10′. Will give it a week and see if there’s a notice­able dif­fer­ence. It has been online for about three weeks now so I’m hop­ing that will give me a decent basis for com­par­i­son. Thanks again.

  49. Mark Hallworth Avatar
    Mark Hallworth

    Hel­lo Nik, thanks for the info and guides. I have a bob­cat min­er, my area does­n’t have any hotspots with­in a 3mile radius, there far­ther out, approx 10–12 miles away to the north of me, theres more to the west but even far­ther maybe unreach­able at 40 miles. I’m sit­u­at­ed on a hill to the left of me is down­hill to the right is uphill, i’ve pur­chased a RAK 5.8dbi anten­na with lmr400 cable, at the moment im using the stock anten­na i have wit­nessed but not many, will the RAK anten­na enable me to bea­con and be wit­nessed by oth­ers, would the sig­nal strength be good enough, its going on a pole on my roof it will be approx 14meters above ground lev­el. I have done line of sight tests to the hotspots from mine and most are show­ing green but that’s assum­ing there 10m above ground lev­el. Any info would be great.
    Thank you.

  50. Hi Mark, once you’re locked into a loca­tion then get­ting it up high is the best you can do. At US pow­er out­put lev­els, LoRa gen­er­al­ly goes 30 km clear line of sight no prob­lem, and can eas­i­ly go fur­ther. With your clos­est hotspots 10–12 miles away, that’s out at the edge of rea­son­able. The RAK you have should be fine. If you want to get deep into find a bet­ter loca­tion, con­sid­er using Heli­umVi­sion. It’s a paid tool that I’ve built a course for to help peo­ple under­stand how to max out earnings.

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