The State of the Helium Network: A Shopping Guide for Network Users
The Helium Network has come a long way since its early days when people were still trying to spread awareness and usage of the network by selling hotspots door-to-door. They would even offer a Thanksgiving pie with the purchase of a hotspot to incentivize users. But with the advent of the Token Incentivized Physical Infrastructure Networks (TIPIN), Helium was able to quickly expand to over 1 million nodes in less than 2 years.
The current bear market has presented the network with its first real challenge. The mining provided by the LoRaWAN® Helium hotspots may not be as appealing as it once was, even with lower prices for the devices. Despite this, the Helium network continues to run and its main purpose remains unchanged. Connected sensors are still able to transmit data through the community network.
As a community, we can be part of the solution to this challenge. While mining HNT may not be as appealing at the moment, we can still contribute to the growth of the network by providing the redundancy it needs to thrive. In the spirit of the holiday season, let’s get back to the old days of incentivizing our friends and family to join the Helium community. Get your loved ones involved with our suggested Helium Christmas Shopping Guide below.
For non-Helium covered areas
MNTD. Helium Hotspot Miner: Consumer-friendly crypto hardware
The MNTD. Helium Hotspot is a consumer-friendly crypto hardware that allows anyone to earn HNT tokens. MNTD. uses the Proof of Coverage protocol to mine HNT, providing a simple and effective way to earn crypto rewards.
The MNTD. hotspot is a great gift for friends and family, as it incentivizes them to join and participate in the growth of the network. Plus, it’s easy to set up and use, making it a perfect choice for anyone looking to get started with crypto mining.
Helium Field Mapper with Plug-and-Play and third-party mode
Another great gift idea for those interested in the Helium network is a Helium mapper. The Helium Mapper from RAKwireless is a LoRaWAN field tester that is dedicated to the Helium network. It provides real-time information about the coverage of the network, making it a valuable tool for deploying new hotspots and earning rewards through the Proof of Coverage protocol.
Even if your friend or family member doesn’t plan to deploy a hotspot, the Helium Mapper can still be a useful gift. In addition to its field testing capabilities, the Helium Mapper can also be used as an asset tracker, indirectly leading to rewards for those participating in the network.
Overall, the Helium Mapper is a versatile and useful tool that makes a great gift for anyone interested in The People’s Network.
Helium Field Mapper with Plug&Play and 3rd party mode | RAK10701-H
When deploying Helium Hotspots, it is crucial to know whether they are far enough away from each other and if the area…
For already covered Helium areas
The WisNode TrackIt is a compact device that uses the Helium LoRaWAN network to provide reliable asset tracking. With the WisNode TrackIt, you can easily track the location of your pets, bikes, cars, or any other valuable items.
Thanks to the worldwide coverage of the Helium Network, the WisNode TrackIt is easy to set up and use. This makes it a great gift for friends and family — it allows them to keep track of important belongings and provides peace of mind.
The WisNode TrackIt can also be used in multiple working modes, including private networks and peer-to-peer modes. This allows for even greater flexibility and versatility.
Overall, the WisNode TrackIt is a compact and reliable asset tracker that’s great for anyone looking to keep track of their valuables.
WisNode TrackIt | RAK2171
RAK2171 is RAK's latest LoRaWAN GPS tracking device. It comes in a small form factor with rechargeable battery and…
WisNode Button 4K
With its four programmable buttons, the WisNode Button 4K allows your friend to easily control and monitor their devices from anywhere. Whether they want to create a rating app for cleanliness status, turn devices on and off, or monitor their home or office, the WisNode Button 4K has them covered.
The WisNode Button 4K is more than just a remote control. Its low-power design and long-range capabilities make it perfect for a wide range of IoT applications — from industrial automation to building management. And with its compact size and durable construction, the WisNode Button 4K can be easily installed in any location.
WisNode Button 4K | RAK7201
The WisNode Button is a remote wireless trigger device. It supports user-defined functions for each key and is based on…
As we approach the end of the year, it’s important to take some time to reflect on what we’re grateful for and to show our appreciation to those we care about. We hope you find this Helium shopping guide helpful–and hopefully, it can free you up more time and energy to focus on what truly matters this holiday season.