For FirstNet®

miniCRD™ for FirstNet®, Built with AT&T

Create your own FirstNet Band 14 Cellular and Wi-Fi hotspot, even in the most remote environments. 

The miniCRD™ is a highly portable FirstNet Deployable System contained in two ruggedized cases. It generates an area of FirstNet cellular and Wi-Fi coverage, when and where it’s needed. 

This system includes the miniCRD™ and the SLC+™. The High-Performance Starlink® satellite system in the SLC+ provides satellite backhaul to the miniCRD. The combo can be hand-carried or transported by a single person in a vehicle, by air or over water to anywhere communications are needed.

A communication suite that aids response and recovery for hurricanes, wildland fire, search-and-rescue and event management and ensures business continuity during natural disasters.
  • FirstNet cellular range up to a ½ mile
  • Wi-Fi range up to 500 feet
  • High-speed satellite internet 3
  • FirstNet MegaRange HPUE (high power user equipment) connectivity
  • FirstNet Ready® router
  • Up to 2 hours of onboard power
  • 12 VDC vehicle and AC power cables included
  • Easily deploy at the heart of an incident
  • Weatherproof and NEMA 3 compliant
  • Can be hand-carried and checked on commercial flights
  • Works in 50 states, DC, PR and USVI; Pacific Territories coming in late 2023

CRD™ vs. miniCRD™

miniCRD™ for FirstNet®: Virtual Product Demo

Rescue42’s Tim O’Connell provides a demonstration of the miniCRD™ for FirstNet®.

miniCRD™ for FirstNet®: FirstNet® Product Demo

Shannon Browning, a section chief for FirstNet Response Operations Group, demonstrates how the miniCRD is set up and used. Click here to view the video.

CRD™ for FirstNet®

CRD™ for FirstNet®

A Compact Rapid Deployable for FirstNet® Users

The CRD™ for FirstNet® is a deployable FirstNet cell tower and Internet Service Provider (ISP). It generates an area of FirstNet cellular, wired Internet and wi-fi coverage, anytime and anywhere. Your very own Cell-On-Wheels (COW) can be deployed by a single person within minutes, When and Where it’s needed!

How the CRD™ Benefits Your Agency:

• FirstNet cellular range up to 2 miles
• Wi-Fi range up to 500’
• High-speed satellite internet
• FirstNet Ready™ router
• 60-hour generator run time before refueling
• Single person set up in less than 15 minutes
• Rolls through standard ADA doorways
• Weatherproof and NEMA 4 compliant
• Deliverable by SUV, truck, or trailer

Base Price $77,995

Free freight shipping within the Contiguous US.

High-Speed, Auto-Acquire Ka-Band Satellite Terminal (2)

CRD Components

The CRD for FirstNet comes equipped with the following components.

The CRD for FirstNet Deployment Capabilities:

   Emergency Response

  • Hurricane response and recovery
  • Wildland fire response
  • Search and Rescue
  • Anywhere FirstNet cellular and Internet service are needed

   Business Continuity

  • Business continuity during natural disasters or service interruption
  • Event Management (marathons, remote events)
  • Anywhere FirstNet cellular and Internet service are needed

Learn More About the CRD

How the CRD Works

Service & Support Plans


Any vehicle equipped with a Class III (3), Class IV (4) or Class V (5) trailer hitch rated for at least 600 pounds of tongue weight. Requires a 2” square hitch receiver to install the CRD hitch adapter that connects the CRD to the vehicle.

The CRD for FirstNet can support up to 64 Simultaneous LTE Users at one time with a typical satellite connection. If the FirstNet CRD is provided with high-speed ethernet or fiber, the total capability is 600 simultaneous FirstNet users.

The CRD can run a continuous 60 hours on one tank of gas. It can run up to 240 hours off grid before needing to re-fuel the gas tank when power cycling between the generator, and re-chargeable battery. 

The High-Speed First Responder Priority ViaSat data plan is purchased independently by the customer through Expedition Communications.

Yes, with the provided guying kit for windy weather, and the lightning ground kit, the CRD will perform in all types of weather conditions. Although internet speeds can change depending on climate conditions and terrain, the heated and air-conditioned CRD has proven to work through wind, rain, sun, and snow.

Yes, setup is simple within 15 minutes, and turning on the CRD requires pushing just 3 buttons. Multiple User Guides are provided for step-by-step setup, as well as an Owner’s Manual and Inventory Sheets for all included components. However, because the CRD does contain multiple computer pieces of equipment, it is recommended to have an IT specialist on staff become familiar with the CRD for simple troubleshooting and user questions.

Yes. Expedition Communications can work with you to charge data used in a cost recoverable incident directly to the incident so you don’t have a negative impact on your budget.

Multiple-user slowdown typically occurs with the old Ku-Band satellite systems (it’s called “contention”) and doesn’t apply to the modern Ka-Band Viasat “First Responder Priority” Plans and modern satellite spot-beam technology. Your data rate is always at full speed and has priority on the satellite over all other users except some special federal government assets. You will get high speed internet and cell service even in the middle of a major incident. And you don’t have to pay extra for it (no CIR charges).

Yes. Simply set up the CRD in the parking lot (or put the removable satellite dish on the roof), run an ethernet cable (supplied) from the CRD into the building and plug it into your router/switch where your normal ISP cable plugs in. The CRD also produces a Wi-Fi Hotspot out to several hundred feet. You can view a short video at Instructional Videos | The PodRunner

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