Article author
Customer Support
  • Updated

Internet Connectivity 

You will need to connect the Bobber 500 to the Internet using an Ethernet cable. A Bobber 500 with an indoor Small Cell can do 220Mbps downlink, 12Mbps uplink, and needs to be hardwired into an internet connection capable of these speeds. Any installation at a location with lower throughput will affect the performance and mining capability of the Small Cell. 

Keep in mind that most cellular radios spend the majority of their time carrying 30% of their peak throughput or less. If you have a decent Internet connection it will not affect your internet performance. Keep in mind users will have the ability to set a cap for the data that they would like to offload.

PoE Setup


  1. We only recommend using the supplied Bobber 500 Gateway Power Brick.
  2. The warranty does NOT cover POE-related damage.
  3. No POE accessories have been verified, use them at your own risk.
  4. We suggest using POE with the radio.
  5. As mentioned in the spec sheet on Zendesk, the Bobber 500 is rated IP 30 for indoor use.

If you’d like to try a PoE setup with an aftermarket PoE splitter and PoE injector, please pay special attention to the power requirements of the Bobber 500 Gateway 12V, 25W, listed below before connecting them to the gateway. Incorrect power specifications can (and have) damaged the Gateway and will void the warranty.


Can the FreedomFi 5G Gateway be used with a POE (power-over-ethernet) setup for a cleaner installation?



Bobber 500 & Helium Hotspot in a Shared Location

Since the Bobber 500 doubles as a regular Helium hotspot, users should follow the standard Helium rule of keeping them 350 meters apart. If you already have a Helium miner deployed at a location that is potentially excellent for cellular data offload, we recommend that you move it. 

Was this article helpful?