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Guide to Antminer Setup and Configuration 

Pool Info

Before plugging anything in make sure you have your pool information ready to copy and paste into the “Miner Configuration” tab.

Also, IMMEDIATELY check the miner for damage upon receiving it. If the hashboards move around a little it is normal but if the metal heat exchanger inside is not attached properly to each board then that is a serious problem. You can put your finger in on one side to double check this. Do not run the miner if the heat exchangers are not properly attached to the board. This could lead to the chips being burned. Burnt chips are not covered under warranty.

Situating to Account for Heat and Noise

  1. Take a moment to identify the best place to put your miner given power and cooling related issues and your source of wired Internet. If there are other users of power on the circuit you are plugging into consider the power demands of your miner and whether that breaker is likely to trip if someone adds more power to the circuit. Otherwise you might get setup and realize that the breaker is tripping from some other power usage, the Internet cable doesn't reach, or it is too hot or noisy and you will have to start over again.
  2. If you are using a Powerline device to carry your internet from your router be aware that these can be unreliable. You may not have any issues, but ideally, you want a low latency connection between your devices. While wireless connections are not ideal some setups can work ok.
  3. These machines generate a massive amount of noise and heat. Power (Watts) translates directly into heat (BTU) energy so if you are placing multiple units in close proximity you will need to take extra effort to plan how to ventilate and cool your space with minimum energy usage. If you are operating out of a garage or a commercial space you may need to consider the amount of noise coming from your operation and how it affects your neighbors and family members.

Miner Setup

  1. The miner requires only three things: power, internet, and pool info to start working.
  2. Plug in all of the PCIe connectors required for your miner from your Power Supply. If you are using more than one PSU be aware that you must have sufficient power from each PSU for each hash board (or total hashboards) being powered by the PSU. This is important for the S9 as the S9 can require up to 533 W / board which means you need at least a 1200 W PSU for 2 boards and a 550 W for the last board. You cannot use for example, 2 750 W PSUs as each hashboard must be powered by the same PSU.
  3. Plug in your ethernet cable from your internet source to the miner.
  4. Plug in your power cable from the PSU to your power source.
  5. As the miner powers up, log in to your router IP address or your router software dashboard. This will allow you to see the miner’s IP address under the DHCP Client's List. If you are using a static IP then you should know what to do already. The device will show up as “antminer” in the list of clients.
  6. One you have the IP address, enter it into a browser and use the user/pass combo of root/root to login.
  7. Once logged in you will see a “Miner Configuration” tab. This is where you will enter your primary, secondary, and third pool IP addresses. The secondary and third pools are failovers if the primary isn’t working. Usually you will choose pool servers based on proximity to you but you can use “ping” with the pool IP to help you determine the ones with the lowest latency (i.e. lowest time to ping). The worker name will be in whatever format specified by the pool or whatever you have setup. This can be an area where people have problems which is why I recommend pools that do not offer too many arguments where you can make mistakes unless you know what you’re doing. Password will be whatever you set it to or whatever the pool specifies.
  8. Once you hit “save” the machine will restart and attempt to connect. If you see a “socket” error in the main page then you may have entered something incorrectly in your pool info or setup something incorrectly that doesn’t match what you entered in your pool site’s dashboard. You will need to be sure that you haven’t copied a “space” somewhere that gets read by the machine. If something isn't working here you most likely have an error related to your pool information.
  9. Be aware that the S9 takes longer to boot up and connect than what you might expect. Be patient and give it at least 5 minutes. But also be sure you hit "save".
  10. Once your miner is connected you will be able to see the "Miner Status" area populate with info.

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