Both Celona Edge and Access Points (AP) can be deployed on your network and powered up before site configuration. They will remain in the Unprovisioned state until you complete the initial site configuration in the Celona Orchestrator.

Determine the existing network infrastructure components

  • Identify VM cluster or physical closet / rack location for Celona Edge.
  • VMware ESXi hypervisor version information, if applicable.
  • Identify Ethernet switch ports for Celona Edge instances and for Celona Indoor and/or Outdoor Access Points (AP).
  • Configure Ethernet switch ports for the correct VLANs that provide DHCP for both Celona APs and Celona Edge instances.
  • Configure DHCP server with IP address reservations for Celona Edge instances.
  • Ensure IP routing between Celona APs and Celona Edge instances.
  • Ensure firewall configuration between Celona APs, Edge and Orchestrator.
  • Identify local labor law requirements for physical equipment installation and electrical work for indoor and/or outdoor AP installation.

Installing your Celona Edge Appliance

Determine the Celona Edge deployment form-factor:

  • Celona Edge Express or Enterprise Server (1 RU), or
  • Celona Edge Enterprise Cluster (3 RU), or
  • Celona Edge VMware software installation.

Celona Edge Express is a 1RU appliance that requires a single Gigabit Ethernet port and standard 110v AC power. It should be located on a network segment that is reachable by the Celona APs across the enterprise network.

In a standard configuration, Edge Appliance is configured to receive its IP via DHCP. Please let us know via support@celona.io if you require a static IP address configuration for your Edge instances.

Once the Celona Edge is online, it will connect to the Celona Service Orchestrator and wait for its configuration data.

Installing your Celona Indoor APs

Key data points to collect during deployment:

  • Identify location for the Celona Indoor APs and provide Ethernet cable drop to each location, and if they will be ceiling or wall mounted.
  • Determine if PoE+ or AC power will be used for the Indoor APs.

Celona Indoor APs can be wall or ceiling mounted. Brackets included with the access points support both mounting options. Power is provided via the AC power adapter provided with the AP or via 802.3at POE+. The AP will not broadcast until it has received its frequency grant from the Spectrum Access System (SAS). Once turned on, your AP will display status via its LEDs. Status information for each LED can be reviewed within the Celona Indoor AP Installation Guide.

Installing your Celona Outdoor APs

Key data points to collect during deployment:

  • Determine if the Celona Outdoor Access Points (AP) will be pole (40-100mm diameter) or wall mounted.
  • Determine if the mounting location is ready for the Outdoor AP installation; for instance, does the pole exist and have space?
  • Determine the grounding source for the AP, and the cabling distance between the grounding source and the AP.
  • Determine the desired height of its external antennas from ground level.
  • Determine the desired azimuth (direction) the antennas will face.
  • Determine the power source (48V DC or AC power) for the AP, and the cabling distance between this source and the mounting location.
  • Determine the AP backhaul network connection type: Ethernet CAT6/6a outdoor rated cable, or single-mode fiber 1310nm LC connection

Due to the unique requirements of installing outdoor high power radio equipment, we strongly suggest working with a professional installer if you do not have that expertise in house. Outdoor installations require consideration of:

  • radio and antenna mounting,
  • wind loading,
  • DC power cabling,
  • weatherproofing,
  • lightning suppression,
  • and comprehensive earthing of all connections, including Ethernet.

You can find more details about its physical installation requirements and best practices in this Installation Guide for Celona Outdoor APs. They each can be equipped with different antennas (two per outdoor AP) that suit your specific coverage requirements. You can find details on the different options via the Celona Outdoor AP Antenna Data Sheet.


Next up is configuring a new site within the Celona Orchestrator so that we can start activating your Celona Edge instances and your Celona Access Points. Learn how in this article in the series.

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