The short answer is yes. However, as with all devices connected to the internet (smart TV’s, Alexa’s, computers, phones, etc…) there is some level of inherent risk. Please check the security article that Helium released here for more information on the security measures they take to keep your network safe.
Frequently Asked Questions
There is no catch! It’s 100% free to become a host. We assume all of the risk ($$$ and time to install) and in exchange we take a share of the profits.
In order to provide coverage and receive earnings each hotspot needs to be at least 900 feet apart. Having two or more hotspots in the same house doesn’t provide any additional coverage.
This is why we need hosts (you) to help us spread out the hotspots.
Our average host earns ~$100 each month for hosting a hotspot. However, earnings vary quite a bit from month to month, and location to location. We share 20% of the earnings with you.
There is nearly zero cost. The Hotspot uses a small amount of power, roughly 5W at peak. This is less than a standard LED light bulb. In a city like San Francisco, it will cost you roughly $0.48/month.
Expected bandwidth utilized by devices is 1-5 kb/s (very little).
No, hotspots need to be 900 feet apart from each other in order to receive maximum earnings and provide new coverage. Encourage nearby (more than 900 feet away) friends and family to apply. The better the coverage, the better your earnings.
Yes! If you refer new host locations to us, we will pay you 5% of their earnings in perpetuity, and they will receive the full 20%!
Make sure they mention your name when signing up!
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