CRD™ and miniCRD™ for FirstNet®​

Compact Rapid Deployables for first responders – and those who support them.​

FirstNet and internet connectivity when and where it's needed​

CRD for FirstNet

The CRD for FirstNet is a deployable FirstNet cell tower and internet access point. 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!​

  • FirstNet cellular range up to 2 miles​
  • Wi-Fi range up to 500’​
  • High-speed satellite internet1
  • Power Class 1 HPUE connectivity
  • FirstNet Ready® router​
  • 60-hour generator run time before refueling​
  • Rapid deployable, single person set-up in 15 minutes or less​
  • Rolls through standard ADA doorways​
  • Weatherproof and NEMA 4 compliant​
  • Deliverable by SUV, truck, or trailer​
  • Custom unit required for use in PR, USVI and Pacific Territories​

Base Price $77,995

Free freight shipping within the Contiguous US2

The CRD for FirstNet includes the following components:


The miniCRD for FirstNet

The miniCRD™ for FirstNet® is a highly portable FirstNet Deployable Kit contained in two ruggedized cases. They can be hand-carried or transported by a single person in a vehicle, by air or sea to anywhere communications are needed. Create your own FirstNet Cellular and Wi-Fi hotspot, even in the most remote environments. This system offers multiple backhaul pathways, while broadcasting FirstNet Cellular and Internet to support critical operations.​

miniCRD™ for FirstNet
  • FirstNet cellular range up to ½ mile
  • Wi-Fi range up to 500’
  • High-speed satellite internet3
  • Power Class 1 HPUE 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, USVI and Pacific Territories

Base Price $34,995​

Free freight shipping within the Contiguous US2

The miniCRD™ for FirstNet® includes the following components:


CRD vs. miniCRD

  CRD miniCRD
FirstNet LTE​ coverage​ Up to 2 miles​ Up to 1/2 mile​
FirstNet MegaRange™ coverage​ Up to 2-4 miles​ Up to 1 mile​
Coverage area​ Regional up to 12 square miles Local​ up to 1 square mile
Wi-Fi range​ Up to 500’​ Up to 500’​
On-board power​ Up to 60 hours of off-grid runtime ​(240 hours with​ generator/battery cycling)​ Up to 2 hours​. *Customer must provide power.​ Vehicle & AC cables included.​
On-board generator Yes No
Transport Trailer hitch required​ Any method, including hand-carry​
Dimensions​ 62” x 68” x 31”​ 2 Cases: 24" x 24" x 10“ each​
Weight 650 lbs​ 2 cases: 85 lbs each​
Satellite Service​ ViaSat™ annual plans​ Starlink© monthly plans​
Satellite Plan Pooling Available​ Yes​ No

CRD and miniCRD for FirstNet can help you respond to a wide range of situations, such as:​

  • Hurricane response and recovery​
  • Wildland fire response​
  • Business continuity during natural disasters or service interruption​
  • Search and rescue​
  • Event management (marathons, remote events)
  • Anywhere FirstNet cellular and Internet services are needed


Frequently asked questions

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 miniCRD was designed to be ultra-flexible for transport. It can be rolled like a suitcase and transported in the back of any vehicle (even an ATV). It even has removable batteries, so you can check them on an airplane, ship to a location, or transport by helicopter or boat.​

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

The CRD can run continuously for 60 hours on one tank of gas. It can run up to 240 hours off-grid before re-fueling when power cycling between the generator and re-chargeable battery. The miniCRD can run off battery for 2 hours but is designed to be used with a customer provided power source. It includes cables to connect to DC and AC power.​

Yes, with the provided guying kit for windy weather, and the lightning ground kit, the CRD will perform in all 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. The miniCRD is also IP54 rated.​

Yes, setup is simple and can be accomplished within 15 minutes. Turning on the CRD and miniCRD requires pushing just 3-4 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 and miniCRD contain computer equipment, it is recommended to have an IT specialist on staff become familiar with the equipment for simple troubleshooting and user questions.​

Yes. For CRD, Expedition Communications can show you how to use the Insights Portal to pull usage for specific date ranges. That information can used to determine how to bill incident data usage to borrowing agencies. For miniCRD, Starlink bills in monthly increments, so you can separate out the billing for that month of service.

The customer will need to purchase a High-Speed First Responder Priority Viasat® data plan through Expedition Communications. These plans can be charged to your AT&T bill. Information on these data plans can be found in the Product Brief.

The customer will need to purchase a Business plan w/ Portability directly from Starlink© through There is no commitment for this plan and monthly service can be cancelled at any time, so you are not billed. Information on these data plans can be found in the Product Brief.

Multiple-user slowdown typically occurs with the old Ku-Band satellite systems (it’s called “contention”), but that 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 for certain government use. 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. For miniCRD Business Starlink© plans, users will have one terabyte of priority access to the network. However, data speeds are not guaranteed and can fluctuate.​

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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