Getting the most out of a Helium hotspot deployment requires a strategy to maximize your placement, antenna elevation, and then physically deploying the thing.
Most of the earnings will come from the placement. I know it’s usually easiest to just put it up in your house, but it’s probably worth assessing a few spots before you install it in the easiest place possible. Here’s a video walking you through how to assess a location for a Helium hotspot deployment.
Now, you probably know your local area pretty well, but I’ve seen a lot of clients surprised by “hidden” geographical features that blocked their RF viewshed and therefore their earnings.
With assessment tools being affordable (I use Helium.Vision, but there are other tools as well), there’s no excuse not to do your homework and determine whether or not all the effort that goes into physically deploying a hotspot will be worth it at your house or somewhere else.
The video walks you through the steps to take that will help you run an assessment on your place. This is just a small piece of the Strategy & Optimization consulting I do, but I thought it would be super useful for many of you who want to start on the journey of maximizing your hotspot.
Oh, as a hot tip: I now start with temporary deployments just to test things out. I can put an antenna up in under an hour, Beacon using Discovery mode just to check on things, then let it run for a week or two before putting in a more permanent placement. Mastwerks is what I’m using for an excellent tripod that’ll get that antenna up high temporarily. You can find other options, but I wanted the best out there. 😉
Best of luck to you, and please, if you do something different I’d love to hear about it! If you’d like help understanding more about Helium and how to maximize this opportunity, please consider hiring me.