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* M.2 to USB adapter with case and pigtails at $30 https://ltefix.com/shop/pcie-m-2/usb-to-ngff-m-2-key-b-adapter-enclosure/
 
* M.2 to USB adapter with case and pigtails at $30 https://ltefix.com/shop/pcie-m-2/usb-to-ngff-m-2-key-b-adapter-enclosure/
 
** Could be done cheaper, e.g. $10 from china but quality would be lower and no case
 
** Could be done cheaper, e.g. $10 from china but quality would be lower and no case
* WiFi Router: Either WD MyNet N600/N750 or TP-Link N750 at $20-35 - ebay or our own stock
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* WiFi Router
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** WD MyNet N600/N750 or TP-Link N750 at $20-35 - ebay or our own stock
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* Optional computer if we want two modems at once:
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** [https://www.pcengines.ch/apu3c4.htm PC Engines APU3C4] - $130 + shipping
 
* Two 4G LTE wideband high-gain directional antennas - $70 to $140
 
* Two 4G LTE wideband high-gain directional antennas - $70 to $140
 
** Either two of these: https://ltefix.com/shop/antennas/4g-lte-antennas/yagi/698-2700mhz-yagi-radome-9dbi-11dbi-4g-lte-directional-antenna/
 
** Either two of these: https://ltefix.com/shop/antennas/4g-lte-antennas/yagi/698-2700mhz-yagi-radome-9dbi-11dbi-4g-lte-directional-antenna/

Latest revision as of 20:14, 17 September 2019

Total price without sim card: ~$500 to ~$800 (actual numbers from above are $486 to $821)

Mounting fees:

We don't yet know what they are but we know the FCC is requiring them to be at most $180 per pole per year. This cap will likely end in September and it's possible that cities haven't changed their pricing schemes since some consider this unlawful, the new FCC rules were only implemented in January and everyone (including the FCC) seems to think the rules will be cut down mostly or completely in September. I have heard that most places don't charge more than $50 to $100 per pole per year though (but haven't been able to verify) and that the higher prices are because some cities (mostly richer cities) are trying to prevent telcoms from mounting this gear because they thing it's ugly or have health concerns or both.

Assuming the node-mounting fees in Oakland/Berkeley aren't higher than the FCC cap we have a maximum yearly fee of $580 per node and if it's a more reasonable pole mounting fee like $100 and we get cheap sims then it could be down to $300 per year per node.