Helium network crypto miner, IoT gateway targets consumers

September 30, 2021 // By Rich Pell
Helium network crypto miner, IoT gateway targets consumers
Connected consumer device company Mimiq (formerly Smart Mimic) has launched what it says is the first community and FCC-certified Helium hotspot designed from the ground up for the mainstream consumer.

The FinestraMiner is offered as an easy-to-use, consumer-friendly cryptocurrency miner and Helium IoT gateway that installs in seconds – either directly on a windowpane or shelf-top – providing optimum coverage and performance from indoors, avoiding the risks of exterior installation. It has been designed to address consumer ease-of-use needs while ensuring seamless end-to-end connectivity between all its devices, from small IoT products to the LoRaWAN gateway within the miner.

Finestra, says the company, enables anyone to mine Helium Network Tokens (HNT) and easily participate in Helium's People's Network. The device connects with LoRaWAN-equipped devices in its coverage area, and in turn connects to the in-premises broadband router via Wi-Fi or Ethernet to provide cloud connectivity.

The crypto mining capability is delivered via the Helium Network. FinestraMiner incorporates Semtech Corp chips designed for LoRa-based wireless communications and devices.

"This is the only gateway and miner designed first with the consumer in mind," says Noyan Berker, CEO and co-founder, Mimiq. "Mimiq recognized the disruptive nature of Helium's People's Network early on and we wanted to help the network grow through our Mimiq mainstream devices. Consumer products are in our DNA, beginning with the Mimiq GO (previously Mimic GO) that connected via LoRaWAN to the cloud. Now, with the FinestraMiner gateway, we have extended our commitment to the LoRaWAN standard, the People's Network by Helium, and our distribution and E-Commerce partner CalChip."

The device uses an advanced reusable adhesive surface that allows it to be placed and moved around from window mount to wall mount to a shelf – in search of the best coverage location – without leaving glue patches or holes in drywall. The FinestraMiner incorporates unique engineering, says the company, including the capability to operate flawlessly without a fan, ensuring continuous mining capability.

"We built the FinestraMiner with a fanless design from the get-go," says Serdar Serttop, co-founder and CTO, Mimiq. "This device had to work even in the

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