How to manage your mining farm - Part 1: ASICs

minerstat is a remote mining monitor and management platform that offers you various tools, software, and features - hence, it can be quite overwhelming when you start for the first time. Because of that, we have written plenty of tutorials that will help you learn how to use minerstat to your advantage. The tutorials will guide you through different features and you can always return to them when you have a question or you get stuck. In this post, we will help you with the organization. You have downloaded minerstat software, set it up for one worker and you just love it - but now, you want to move all of your workers to minerstat. How to do that the fastest way?

Today’s post will answer your questions and help you set up minerstat on your ASIC mining farm in the most efficient and fast way. The next time, we will show you how to manage your mining farm with AMD or Nvidia mining rigs.

1. Your minerstat plan

Before you are able to set up workers, you need to make sure that you have enough workers in your plan. We should point out two things.

First, you can always upgrade your plan without losing money - at each upgrade of your plan, we will give you an upgrade discount that will cover the costs of the time and workers you haven’t spent yet. So if you buy 40 workers today, and 80 workers next week, you will get the discount for 40 workers for the remaining 3 weeks of the month. You always extend the account and the minimum bought time is 30 days. When you are upgrading, you need to select the final number of workers (so first 40, then 80, then 120, etc). So if you know that you can establish 40 workers per day, we suggest you start with 40 workers and then upgrade your plan to 80 workers when the first 40 workers are set and working.

Second, if you have a larger farm and want to test it first, send us an e-mail or step in touch with us on live chat or on Discord. We can offer you a free testing week with a certain number of workers to give you the time to set everything up before your first payment.

💡 Useful posts

- Billing and payments

2. Profile organization

There are different ways you can organize your minerstat profile in regard to what is the purpose of your mining farm. If you are using it on your own, you will only need to learn about setting things up from one profile. But, if you also have customers, the organization will need a little bit more attention. You can organize your workers either by customers or by groups. So which one to choose?

Customers

  • Pro: Each customer has its own account and everything related to that account is saved on their profile, which makes managing your customer’s profile easier, leaving less space for mistakes.
  • Con: Each customer has its own access key, so you must assure that the ASIC is using the correct - customer’s - access key. This might mean that you won’t be able to use bulk install on all of your ASICs at once.

Groups

  • Pro: You will be able to do only one bulk ASIC Hub install from your own account and use only one access key. All of your customers’ workers will be listed and monitored from one profile and you will be able to see diagnostic and logs from one profile.
  • Con: You will need to be careful when saving configs, pools, and wallets addresses to not mix the customer’s preferences. Global statistics and total estimated earnings will apply to all customers workers and you won’t be able to create a public profile for your customer.

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- Team and customers
- Group management

3. Adding workers

If you have a larger operation (50 or more ASICs), we suggest you take the advantage of our bulk import solutions to save time with adding workers and installation of the software.

Import workers

You can scan the local network for your ASICs with our Locator tool. It will automatically also generate a JSON file that can be bulk imported to minerstat. So the steps for fastest ASICs import are:

  1. Download Locator.
  2. Run Locator and export JSON.
  3. Bulk import of the workers. You can follow the link or go to the workers’ list and click on Add worker. You will find Bulk import option at the bottom of the opened menu.
  4. Select the JSON file generated by Locator.
  5. Check if all data is correct and import the workers.

Connect to your local network with SSH and run the following command to install ASIC Hub to your ASICs:

cd /tmp && wget -O bulk.sh https://raw.githubusercontent.com/minerstat/minerstat-asic-hub/master/bulk-install.sh && chmod 777 *.sh && sh bulk.sh

It will ask you for access key and group/location. The first can be found by hovering your mouse over the avatar in the top right corner of the dashboard. The second can be asic or any other group name you used when importing your workers.

The ASICs should now be operating, loading your previously set configuration to your minerstat dashboard.

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- 3 steps to set up ASIC Hub
- Antminer monitoring
- Innosilicon monitoring
- Baikal monitoring
- Locator and bulk imports

4. ASIC configuration

When you want to update the configuration of one or more ASICs, do the following:

  1. Open worker’s config.
  2. Under the target, select one of the workers that are part of the group you want to update.
  3. The page will refresh and load this worker’s configs.
  4. Again open the target menu and select the group or the workers you want to update.
  5. The page will stay the same with loaded configs of that one worker.
  6. Scroll down to the ASIC section and update the configs.
  7. Save changes.

This will update the changes for all ASICs under the target.

You can overclock your ASIC through a worker’s config section by changing the frequency value.

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- Worker’s configuration

5. Monitoring settings

To assure your mining operation is running without interruptions, you can set up alerts and triggers. With alerts, you can monitor the following events on e-mail, Telegram, or your mobile app.

  • ASIC temperature;
  • When the worker goes offline;
  • When the worker comes back online;
  • ASIC notifications, hardware errors, and high temperature;
  • Hashrate drop;
  • Efficiency drop.

Triggers allow you to set up certain action when an event is detected: restart the software, reboot the machine, shut down the machine, set fans, etc.

💡 Useful posts

- Alerts and triggers

6. Profit switch

If you want to set up profit switch for your ASICs, we suggest you to first set it up on one and to set 2 or 3 coins for start. When you see that the profit switch is correctly in place and working, you can save the same settings of other workers by first loading the worker that already has the profit switch set to load the page with its settings. Then adding other workers to the target list and saving the changes for them.

💡 Useful posts

- Profit switch for ASICs

7. Other features worth checking out

Control room

To organize your ASICs to fit your actual establishment and to create a heat map. Read more.

Balance monitoring

To monitor actual balance on your wallets and pools. Read more.

Mining calculator

To find coins you can mine and are the most profitable. Read more.

24h logs and diagnostic

To check what was going on in the last 24 hours and to check which of your workers are currently having problems. Read more.

If you will need any help along the way, you can join us on Discord or on the live chat on your minerstat dashboard.

Happy mining!

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