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 physical closet / rack location for Celona Edge.

  • 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

For your Celona Edge deployment, please refer to the document that corresponds to your particular Celona Edge platform:

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.

Note: Celona Indoor APs require 802.3at POE+. Auto-negotiation is currently NOT supported on the first generation AP (model AP10) and will require manual configuration on your switch. Refer to your switch vendor documentation for details. Beginning with the second generation model AP12, POE+ auto-negotiation is supported. LLDP is not supported on either model.

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.

For more information regarding architecture, installation, status LEDs, and troubleshooting the Celona Indoor AP, please refer to the Installation Guide for your model:

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. Note that each outdoor AP also includes a GPS antenna to report on its geo-location during CBRS spectrum registration.

  • 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. As part of the Celona outdoor AP installation, grounding wire (10-gauge, <30ft recommended) and lug are not included.

  • 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. Note that each Celona outdoor AP comes with an AC adapter included.

  • 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.

Celona Outdoor APs 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. They each come with 10ft antenna cables, cold shrink and surge arrestors to ease installation.

Next up, learn about the local management interface for Celona Edge in this article in the series.

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