5G mmWave Repeaters

OIR (Outside-In) Series

What Is It?


The Roadrunner Series OIR repeater platform consists primarily of two units: a Donor Unit (DU) (sometimes called a Head End) and a Service Unit (SU) (sometimes called a Remote Radio Unit or Remote Radio Head). The DU is typically mounted externally within range of the best, targeted, 5G signal. It captures the signal and transfers it to the SU, which is mounted inside where coverage is needed. The SU amplifies the signal and retransmits it through the antenna elements, providing great 5G mmWave coverage.

Why Use It?


5G mmWave signals do not penetrate the external surface of buildings, often preventing internal users from getting 5G service. Even a coated glass window can keep mmWave signals out.

Who Is It For?


Two categories of users adopt repeaters in their networks. The first is building owners/managers. Tenant experience with cellular coverage is critical for keeping occupancy up. As 5G becomes more pervasive, more buildings will require good 5G service inside. The second class of customer is the mobile network operator (MNO). These OIR repeaters can be used by the MNO to ensure the best customer experiences. Stadiums, airport, large public spaces, etc., all make good candidates for repeaters.

What Makes Us the Best Choice?


ED2 OIR repeaters:
•Best EIRP // 50+ dBm
•Best SINR values // > 22 dB
•Best coverage profiles // up to 180 degree beam
•Highest bandwidth delivered // over 1 GHz
•Lowest complexity // Layer 0

RAR (Rural Area) Series

What Is It?

The Roadrunner Series RAR (Rural Area Repeater) repeater platform consists primarily of two units: a Donor Unit (DU) and a Service Unit (SU). These units would typically be pole-mounted, somewhere near the edge of the network, with the DU facing the gNb and the SU pointed to wherever coverage is needed. Beamwidths can be modified depending on the kind of coverage and distances desired. The DU captures the signal and transfers it to the SU, which is mounted facing wherever coverage is needed. The SU amplifies the signal and retransmits it through the antenna elements, providing great 5G mmWave coverage.

Why Use It?


Unlike a base station, gNb, or small cell, a repeater offers the advantages of not requiring backhaul. This is a substantial cost and time advantage. Trenching for backhaul is very expensive, and normally requires a substantial amount of real estate and right-of-way permitting to happen prior to the install. Additionally, not having backhaul is a massive total cost of ownership (TCO) savings through the reduction in ongoing data requirements to the unit.

Who Is It For?


The RAR is targeted at anyone needing to provide a great external 5G mmWave network. This could be a mobile network operator (MNO), a third-party owned (3PO) operator, or it could be a municipality.

What Makes Us the Best Choice?


ED2 RAR repeaters:
•Best EIRP // 50+ dBm
•Best SINR values // > 22 dB
•Best coverage profiles // up to 180 degree beam
•Highest bandwidth delivered // over 1 GHz
•Lowest complexity // Layer 0

ACR (Around the Corner) Series

What Is It?


The Roadrunner Series ACR (Around the Corner) repeater platform consists primarily of two units: a Donor Unit (DU) and a Service Unit (SU). These units would typically be pole-mounted, with the DU facing the gNb and the SU pointed to wherever coverage is needed. Beam widths can be modified depending on the kind of coverage and distances desired. The DU captures the signal and transfers it to the SU, which is mounted facing wherever coverage is needed, for example down a side-street or around some other obstacle preventing good 5G coverage. The SU amplifies the signal and retransmits it through the antenna elements.​

Why Use It?


Unlike a base station, gNb, or small cell, a repeater offers the advantages of not requiring backhaul. In urban environments, there are many RF blockers. This is a substantial cost and time advantage vs using multiple gNbs connected to backhaul. Trenching for backhaul is very expensive, and normally requires a substantial amount of real estate and right-of-way permitting to happen prior to the install. Additionally, not having backhaul is a massive total cost of ownership (TCO) savings through the reduction in ongoing data requirements to the unit.​

Who Is It For?
The ACR is most commonly used in dense-urban or suburban contexts, targeted at anyone facing difficult coverage environments, where there is plenty of capacity with the gNbs installed, but the RF blockers prevent signal from getting to its target. This could be a mobile network operator (MNO), a third-party owned (3PO) operator, or it could be a municipality.​

What Makes Us the Best Choice?


ED2 ACR repeaters:​
Best EIRP // 50+ dBm ​
Best SINR values // > 22 dB ​
Best coverage profiles // up to 180 degree beam ​
Highest bandwidth delivered // over 1 GHz ​
Lowest complexity // Layer 0​

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