The coverage characteristics and quality of service mechanisms available in an LTE-based CBRS network solve several problems for enterprises. This document will show you how to:

  1. Use Celona Orchestrator to create an IP Domain, logical Device Group for the Multitech gateway, add the Verkada application, and the required policy controls such as guaranteed bit rate and prioritization.

  2. Configure the Multitech gateway for connection to the Celona network.

  3. And set up your Verkada IP Camera to connect to Celona's CBRS LTE network via the Multitech gateway.

The diagram below details the network architecture of our test lab, which includes standard, enterprise-grade LAN with managed routing and switching.

The blue icons indicate elements of the Celona platform.

  • Celona Orchestrator is the face of the Celona platform and is used for zero-touch installation of the infrastructure, ongoing management and policy control.

  • Celona Edge integrates enterprise network functions and LTE/5G mobile core network services, enabling connectivity between devices on the Celona private mobile network and the enterprise LAN.

  • Celona's CBRS LTE Access Points (AP) provide wireless connectivity to devices.

Below, we will be summarizing the steps to configure the Celona network in order to provide guaranteed network availability and priority to Verkada IP video traffic.

Configuring Your Celona Network

Log in to the Celona Orchestrator and navigate to Devices, select the SIM cards you want to use for your device and activate. These will be available for use on the network within a few seconds.

Next, go to Device Groups and create your CCTV Device Group. MicroSlicing policies are applied to groups, so this step is quite essential.

You will see from the screenshot above I have selected the unique SIM we activated previously to be a member of this group. Click Add or Update to save.

With our Device Group created, we can move on to creating our CCTV Application.

All communication between Verkada cameras and the Verkada cloud service uses port 443 - details can be found in this document from Verkada.

We enter port 443 in the Remote start/end Port fields as the camera traffic is being sent to this remote port. Click Add to save.

With the Application created, we finalize this configuration by creating our MicroSlicing policy. Go to the MicroSlicing page in the Celona Orchestrator and click Create.

MicroSlicing policy configurations fall into two broad categories: Guaranteed Bit Rate (GBR) and Non-GBR. If the cameras were constantly streaming to the cloud, we might use a GBR policy for MicroSlicing to ensure our video footage quality. However, Verkada cameras operate on a hybrid cloud approach, as described in this excerpt.

This is why we chose to configure a Non-GBR policy for the Verkada application, in which case, five QoS classes are available:

  • Highest Priority Signaling

  • Streaming Video

  • Interactive Multimedia

  • Internet & Email

  • Best Effort Data

For our use case, Streaming Video is the most appropriate choice.

Next, we select which Device Group will be included in this MicroSlicing policy, and finally, our CCTV Application. Click Save and the Celona Orchestrator will now populate this rule to your Celona Edge.

When Celona Edge sees traffic from devices in the CCTV Device Group, on port 443, it will create dedicated bearers on Celona AP's LTE radios in order to apply and maintain the MicroSlicing policy. You can access the MicroSlicing performance reports from the main dashboard or via the MicroSlicing page.

Configure the Multitech's Ethernet to CBRS LTE Gateway

Before we start, few useful links:

There is no special configuration required on the Multitech gateway to connect with a Celona network - except simply installing the Celona SIM card. Install the SIM, power on, and it will automatically connect in passthrough mode. In this mode, traffic on the Ethernet port of the Multitech gateway is simply forwarded to its CBRS LTE radio interface, which connects to the Celona APs.

However, it is an excellent idea to add some basic configuration, even if it can only update the device's username/password. You will need to configure your laptop's Ethernet interface with a static IP in the 192.168.2.0/24 subnet. The default IP address is 192.168.2.1. The default username/password is admin/admin.

And, you can go to System > System Related > System Tools to set the TimeZone.

You can confirm the gateway is in IP Passthrough mode by accessing the Basic Network > WAN Menu item.

Save settings and set your host machine interface to DHCP.

You should now receive an IP address from the pool we specified in our IP domain (in this case, 10.10.20.x) on your laptop. If so, we're ready to connect our Verkada camera.

You can view the status of any device in the Celona Orchestrator. Go to Devices page and click on the IMSI for any device to access its status page.

Connect & Configure the Verkada Camera

Verkada has an excellent help section with its Getting Started document helping you through the initial steps. Make sure to follow the links to other help docs such as Getting started with Verkada Command and Adding your camera to Command.

We installed the Verkada D80 outdoor Fisheye camera, attached to the wired port on the Multitech gateway - giving us a great view of the front door at our lab.


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