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Once installed, the Buttercup will broadcast Pollen Mobile and any mobile phone or device with a Pollen Mobile eSIM can use the Pollen network where their major carrier does not have service.
About The Buttercup
- one (1) Baicells Nova 436Q radio
- one (1) powerbox that houses the power supply
- integrated Pollen Mobile Greenhouse mobile core
- one Greenhouse Buttercup NFT (will arrive in your wallet after setup via Botanist)
Greenhouse Buttercups DO NOT come with stands or antennas.
Buttercups must be registered with the Spectrum Access System (SAS) and its advised that you contact a Certified Professional Installer (CPI) in your area to help you.
- Flat surface that you own / have authorization to install on
- Access to 120V outlet / power supply within 50 feet of the installation site.
- Access to hard-wired internet within 50 feet of the installation site. Cradlepoints and WiFi repeaters are not recommended. Point-to-Point (PtP) microwave dish antenna is acceptable.
Confirm Signal Strength—
To confirm the strength of your Flower’s coverage, setup your Pollen eSIM and then follow these steps:
- Go to ‘Settings’> ‘Cellular’>‘Cellular Data’
- On your phone, dial the following: *3001#12345#*, then press call
- A screen will appear with the title “All Metrics”. Tap the right list menu icon.
- Under ‘RAT’, press ‘Cell Info’
- Bookmark the metrics ‘PLMN’, ‘CellID’, and ‘RSRP’ by tapping on the bookmark icon
- Go back to the Dashboard screen, tap the ‘Home’ button
- From this view, you can see your Flower’s metrics. Change your location from the Flower to test the strength from different spots. RSRP shows the signal strength, typical ranges are -44 (good) to -144 (bad).
Who buys a Buttercup?
Buttercups are great antennas to install if you have access to flat roof or surface and you're looking to provide coverage to a larger area.
WHAT IS THE BEST LOCATION FOR PLACING A BUTTERCUP?
A flat surface that has access to internet and power, that has good visibility to the surrounding area is an ideal location for a Buttercup.
DO I NEED ANY SPECIAL PERMITS TO INSTALL A BUTTERCUP?
The Buttercup is considered a Class B radio and it requires installation by a Certified Professional Installer (CPI) to operate.
During installation, your CPI will record the latitude and longitude of your Buttercup and enter this into a database called a Spectrum Access System (SAS) which allows your Buttercup to operate freely.
Pollen Mobile radios comply with federal regulations and are exempted from local permitting requirements. Learn more.
How can I find a CPI?
Pollen has a list of recommended installers who can help you get your Buttercup setup, and you are free to handle the installation on your own to get it set up.
However, in order to get it registered with the Spectrum Access System (SAS), you will need a CPI to complete your registration—which Pollen can do for you. Read this article on How to Register with the SAS.
Does the SAS limit the range of my Flower?
It's the job of the SAS to act as air traffic control for all devices operating on the CBRS spectrum. In the event that a higher priority user is operating nearby, your Flower can be "powered down" or completely shut off to allow for this activity. You can monitor the status of your device in the SAS through our diagnostics tool called the Botanist. Click here to learn more about Botanist.
CAN I MOVE MY BUTTERCUP AFTER INSTALLATION?
Yes, but you will need to do it through a CPI so that the record with the SAS can be updated. If you move your Buttercup on your own, it's possible that it will not work or be shut down.
Should I be concerned about EMFs or other health risks?
SHOULD I BE CONCERNED ABOUT EMF OR OTHER HEALTH RISKS?
The Buttercup is a Baicells NOVA436Q radiowhich is an FCC certified commercially available radio that uses the CBRS frequency band, at 3.55-3.70 GHz; which is far from ionizing radiation. They are fairly low wattage (for example, Buttercups that are mounted outdoors, use a 1W radio). For comparison, a cell phone can operate at up to 3 watts of power in the same frequency band, while sitting closer to you than our radios normally would.
HOW DO I RECEIVE REWARDS?
Your Flower receives rewards when it is "seen" by Bumblebees and Honeybees (we call this Proof of Coverage), and when users like Hummingbirds use your Flower for network access.
To receive these rewards, you will need to have the NFT associated with your Flower. You can claim this NFT by scanning the QR code on your hardware and entering in the Solana wallet address you provided during checkout. If you have an aftermarket Flower, please be sure you receive the original NFT in addition to the hardware as part of your transaction. If you do not have the original NFT, you will NOT be able to receive any rewards.
IF NOTHING CONNECTS TO MY FLOWER, WILL I STILL EARN ANYTHING?
The Flower needs to have connections to earn rewards.