A “permanent” Outernet receiver deployment will need to be more than a Lantern style portable device. POE is a good option to both power the device and bring the data back to a network.
The 802.3af POE splitter to provide the 5vdc micro USB plug to power the CHIP, plus an Ethernet connection, costs less than $10 http://a.co/ioU8U9z This takes the 48vdc from a switch, or can take the 48v from this inexpensive power supply that has the network pass-thru for under $8 http://a.co/7pf3fgY I’ve been using these items for some time for various projects with RPi.
Now, the question is, can the CHIP OTG USB power jack be used with a USB network adapter? Can the USB network adapter be used in a USB hub along with the RTL , all connected to the CHIP USB 2 port?
Is it possible to power the CHIP with the 5vdc from a POE splitter, using the “battery” port on the CHIP, thus freeing up the OTG USB port for a Ethernet?