FAQ

Intro

Is Bobcat FCC/CE certified?


FCC Grantee Code is: 2AZCK Grantee Code Registration Number: GC358658 FCC ID: 2AZCK-MINER300 We are waiting for final approval now. FCC and CE certification will be ready and listed on the website before the first batch ships.




What is the HS code?


HS Code:8517629900




What frequency/model do I need for my country? Will Bobcat Miner 300 work in my country?


You can consult the frequency plan guide on this website - find out which frequency plan matches your country. Similarly, you can also check here for your country's support.




Do I need approval from local authorities to start mining ?


You will need to check with your local authorities the procedure. Bobcat Miner is not responsible to obtain approvals in your country for mining.





Highlights/Differentiation

Why choose Bobcat Miner 300?


Bobcat Miner 300 is powered by EasyLinkin, who is a leading LoRaWAN Gateway manufacturer and invests heavily in its own R&D capabilities. In addition to designing and manufacturing LoRaWAN gateways and modules, Easylinkin owns more than 200 LPWAN related patents and has so far raised $85 million in total funding. Easylinkin’s gateways and solutions have been deployed across 100+ cities in China and abroad. It has deployed Lora networks for Alibaba in Hangzhou City, 510,000 LoRa water meters in China, and 55,000 LoR electricity meters for Indonesia and Mongolia.




How does the Bobcat Miner 300 compare to other Helium compliant miners such as RAK, Nebra, and Syncrob?


Bobcat Miner 300 uses an enhanced 4dbi antenna, this provides more coverage than most of our competitors on the market. It uses a 64GB eMMC flash instead of an external SD card. The flash is welded on the motherboard to avoid loose connection, and also has a longer life expectancy of up to 10 years because it allows 3000 write cycles, compared to 500 write cycles allowed by an SD card. Bobcat Miner 300 also uses a quad-core ARM processor, which consumes ultra-low voltage, running on no more than 0.12kWh per day.





Device

Community Tools:


1. Network Overview A snapshot of HNT rewards mined, oracle prices, total hotspots, data credit usage, transactions, and more 2. RSSI Strength A map to check out hotspots and signal strengths 3. Helium toolkit Calculate earnings, chain variables, check current HNT price 4. Hotspot Data Summary Data on hotspots, owners, countries, rewards, and APIs 5. HNT Rewards Management Patrium helps owners of multiple hotspots manage and split earnings





Antenna

Do I need to buy a LoRa antenna to boost the miner’s range?


Bobcat Miner 300 comes with an enhanced 4dBi antenna which provides wider coverage than 2dBi antennas. We suggest you try this first before deciding. For optimal miner placement, check out these awesome articles on where to place the miner and how it mines.




What are the antenna specs ?


Detailed specs here. Connector images here. You can also go to the antenna channel on Discord inside the Helium community to find out more information on alternative antenna options, installation tips, and coverage, etc.




Can we update an antenna ? What connections / cable are necessary?


Yes you can upgrade the antenna, though we strongly suggest you first try our enhanced 4dbi antenna that provides wider network coverage, meaning better Proof of Coverage. However, if you do decide to change an antenna, please check the product images, and antenna specs on the website with connector images: https://www.bobcatminer.com/product-page.




The US and EU stock antennas look shorter than the CN antenna. Are all of them 4dBi?


Yes. All of our stock antennas are 4dBi. The length of the antenna is proportional to the wavelength of the frequency band. The frequency wavelength of 470 mHz is roughly twice that of 915 mHz, so proportionally, the CN 470 stock antenna is longer than the US/EU stock antenna.





Payment

Why choose Bobcat Miner 300?


Bobcat Miner 300 is powered by EasyLinkin, who is a leading LoRaWAN Gateway manufacturer and invests heavily in its own R&D capabilities. In addition to designing and manufacturing LoRaWAN gateways and modules, Easylinkin owns more than 200 LPWAN related patents and has so far raised $85 million in total funding. Easylinkin’s gateways and solutions have been deployed across 100+ cities in China and abroad. It has deployed Lora networks for Alibaba in Hangzhou City, 510,000 LoRa water meters in China, and 55,000 LoR electricity meters for Indonesia and Mongolia.




How does the Bobcat Miner 300 compare to other Helium compliant miners such as RAK, Nebra, and Syncrob?


Bobcat Miner 300 uses an enhanced 4dbi antenna, this provides more coverage than most of our competitors on the market. It uses a 64GB eMMC flash instead of an external SD card. The flash is welded on the motherboard to avoid loose connection, and also has a longer life expectancy of up to 10 years because it allows 3000 write cycles, compared to 500 write cycles allowed by an SD card. Bobcat Miner 300 also uses a quad-core ARM processor, which consumes ultra-low voltage, running on no more than 0.12kWh per day.





Orders and Shipping

Is Bobcat FCC/CE certified?


FCC Grantee Code is: 2AZCK Grantee Code Registration Number: GC358658 FCC ID: 2AZCK-MINER300 We are waiting for final approval now. FCC and CE certification will be ready and listed on the website before the first batch ships.




What is the HS code?


HS Code:8517629900




What frequency/model do I need for my country? Will Bobcat Miner 300 work in my country?


You can consult the frequency plan guide on this website - find out which frequency plan matches your country. Similarly, you can also check here for your country's support.




Do I need approval from local authorities to start mining ?


You will need to check with your local authorities the procedure. Bobcat Miner is not responsible to obtain approvals in your country for mining.





Regulatory

Is Bobcat FCC/CE certified?


FCC Grantee Code is: 2AZCK Grantee Code Registration Number: GC358658 FCC ID: 2AZCK-MINER300 We are waiting for final approval now. FCC and CE certification will be ready and listed on the website before the first batch ships.




What is the HS code?


HS Code:8517629900




What frequency/model do I need for my country? Will Bobcat Miner 300 work in my country?


You can consult the frequency plan guide on this website - find out which frequency plan matches your country. Similarly, you can also check here for your country's support.




Do I need approval from local authorities to start mining ?


You will need to check with your local authorities the procedure. Bobcat Miner is not responsible to obtain approvals in your country for mining.





All about Helium

Why earn HNT & use Helium?


Millions of compatible devices can use The People's Network and each device requires Data Credits (DC) in order to send data to the Internet. Fixed in value, DC are created by 'burning' HNT, reducing the total supply to achieve a Burn and Mint Equilibrium. The more devices using DC, the more HNT will be burned. Helium’s wireless network based on LoRaWAN is best suited for low-power scenarios like sending data to and from sensors using low-cost radio waves, eliminating reliance on more costly networks like cellular and WiFi. It’s fully peer to peer and leverages a robust network of hotspots connected to the network. With just 100 to 200 hotspots, the network can usually cover most cities. In return for hosting hotspots, hosts can earn $HNT for providing access to the LongFi network.




A high level overview on earnings in different neighborhoods


Compared to other cryptocurrencies there isn't a constant amount of HNT earned per day by the units due to the variations on a setup to setup basis. Take a look at this coverage map to see what others in your region are earning.




How are Tokens Earned??


Hotspots earn HNT for building and securing network infrastructure and transferring device data. The amount of HNT distributed to Hotspots depends on the type of “work” they perform based on the value to the network. This validation of network contribution is accomplished by a new work algorithm called Proof-of-Coverage (PoC). To participate in PoC there must be multiple Hotspots at least 300 meters apart in an area, but still within range of each other (up to many miles depending on environment). Single Hotspots earn less as they can only issue Challenges over the internet, and can’t participate in Proof-of-Coverage. After the first year, distribution amounts adjust.





Resources

Community Tools:


1. Network Overview A snapshot of HNT rewards mined, oracle prices, total hotspots, data credit usage, transactions, and more 2. RSSI Strength A map to check out hotspots and signal strengths 3. Helium toolkit Calculate earnings, chain variables, check current HNT price 4. Hotspot Data Summary Data on hotspots, owners, countries, rewards, and APIs 5. HNT Rewards Management Patrium helps owners of multiple hotspots manage and split earnings





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