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Setup of iStation Hotspot

iStation official accessories (optional)

Ethernet* The maximum Ethernet cable length is 100m

Install the Hotspot

For best mining performance, place the hotspot on the roof or high up. It is very important to maintain the antenna vertically and without any obstacle at 20 cm around.
Avoid placing the hotspot in places where it cannot see the outside world: in basements, in cabinets, behind TVs, metal screens.
You can manage, plan and optimize your hotspot locations using Hotspotty

GNSS, 3G/4G and LoRa antenna are integrated. An external optionnal LoRa antenna can be added by opening the top button and then screw the antenna directly or via a cable.

Once the Wirnet iStation is installed, you can select up to 2 technologies to set up the access to Internet for the data backhaul:

  • Ethernet connection, requiring an Ethernet access through a dedicated RJ45 cable (not included)
  • 3G/4G cellular connection, requiring an USIM (not included) and a data subscription (not included)

Note that both configurations can be used in parallel. For example, RJ45 Ethernet with a 3G / 4G link as a backup.

Regarding the power supply, the following equipments can be used:

  • End-Span or Mid-Span at least a 15W PoE (Power over Ethernet) (not included)

Power On the Hotspot & LED status

A push-button is available on the bottom of enclosure.

  • The ON/OFF/RST button must be pressed during 1s to reboot the hotspot.
  • A long press for 5s turns off the hotspot.

Once the power is “On”, please check the LED status and start the SW configuration.
The iStation should power on then display:

  • a solid green LED (Power LED, under the power button),
  • accompanied by a red LED (Status LED =operations status) starting solid, then blinking during bootup.

Connection to the Hotspot

Connect to Web interface

DO NOT CLICK on RESET FACTORY button as it will remove the Helium miner software from your Hotspot.
The feature is reserved to technical Support Team

The easiest way to connect to your hotspot is to address it by name.

Using local connection through USB-C.

Network setup

The network can be easily configured thanks to the web interface.

Ethernet (default)


The Full Miner communicates over a peer-to-peer (P2P) network and needs to connect to the remote port 44158.
The Light Hotspot → Validator connection is a standard gRPC connection. The default port Validators listen on is 8080 so Hotspots should be able to connect Outbound to that port.
Hence, other miners must have this port forwarded to their miner IP address, and so should you. Indeed, other miners will want to connect to your miner too.
More info on port forwarding can be found on Helium documentation:

Do not expose/port forward the TCP port 80 from the outside.

Firmware and Miner updates

Firmware and miner updates are managed by KERLINK.

Factory reset

It will delete Helium on your Hotspot. DO NOT USE except if your reseller asked you to factory reset your Hotspot!

LoRaWAN protocol

Kerlink is a member of LoRa Alliance and the Kerlink hotspot is compatible with LoRaWAN protocol. If you need information about LoRaWAN network protocol please contact the LoRa Alliance and request LoRaWAN specification :

wiki/quickstart/quickstart_istation.txt · Last modified: 2022/07/11 13:58 by ehe