Want to earn the absolute most HNT for any given hotspot deployment? After deploying or consulting on deploying hundreds of Helium Hotspots, I’ve come up with a checklist of 7 vital steps for maximum earnings. Skipping any one of them will cost you HNT, plain and simple.
- THE RIGHT LOCATION — Location is the most important aspect of earning maximum HNT. Do a thorough location assessment. Check at least 3 potential locations; you’d be surprised at the difference even 100 meters can make.
- MAXIMUM ELEVATION — Get your antenna outside and as high as possible.
- MINIMAL ANTENNA CABLE LENGTH — This can get complicated. It doesn’t have to be. Keep your antenna cable as short as possible if you want maximum earnings.
- GIVE YOUR ANTENNA 20–30′ OF RUNWAY — LoRa does best if you give it room to breathe. Do NOT put your antenna next to a house, building, or other solid obstacle (unless you know what you’re doing and have a very good reason to.)
- HARDLINE TO YOUR ROUTER — Always connect your Hotspot to your router with an ethernet cable. Do not rely on WiFi, even if it seems way easier. WiFi will cost you HNT through having an unstable connection. Depending on the Hotspot, that can be a higher or lower penalty. Open port 44158 if you’re showing as relayed.
- CORRECTLY SIZE YOUR ANTENNA — Most of the time a low gain (4 dBi or lower) will give you the best earning coverage. Higher gain antennas may *seem* like they should be better. They’re usually not.
- USE LOW LOSS CABLES — Most antennas that ship with cables use the cheapest cable possible. Use LMR400 for any runs over 6′.
Want help with this? I offer consulting where I’ll walk you through every step to make sure you’re maximizing your HNT earnings. This consulting session runs 60–90 minutes and will save you *weeks* of research.
If you want to get your Helium Hotspot up and running at max earning potential NOW instead of after weeks of research, book a consult with me. Start here: