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:
Use Celona Orchestrator to create an
IP Domain, logical
Device Groupfor the Multitech gateway, add the Verkada
application, and the required policy controls such as
guaranteed bit rateand
Configure the Multitech gateway for connection to the Celona network.
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
Update to save.
Device Group created, we can move on to creating our
All communication between Verkada cameras and the Verkada cloud service uses
port 443 - details can be found in this document from Verkada.
port 443 in the
Remote start/end Port fields as the camera traffic is being sent to this remote port. Click
Add to save.
Application created, we finalize this configuration by creating our MicroSlicing policy. Go to the
MicroSlicing page in the Celona Orchestrator and click
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
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
And, you can go to
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.
To see this deployment in action, register for one of our bi-weekly webinars for a live 30-min demonstration of Celona's solution architecture.