4: Mining & Managing your Farm
Wait until your rig arrives before continuing with this part of the starter guide!
Connect your Rig
- 1. Plugin the power cable and turn on the Power supply as seen in the red box
- 2. If you ordered the Wifi adapter, plug it into one of the USB ports, shown in the green box
- 3. If you did not order a WiFi adapter, plugin an ethernet cable from your router or switch to the ethernet adapter, indicated by the blue arrow
- 4. (If you ordered the WiFi adapter) Plugin a keyboard and a monitor using either a display, VGA, or DVI cable shown in orange.
- 5. (Optional) If you have additional GPUs to add to the rig, cut one of the zip tied bundles (red arrow), plugin the GPU to the red slot on the riser, and plugin the both of the 4 pin PCIE cables that were zip tied to the top of the GPU until they click in (green box)
- 5a. (Optional) If you ordered a High Power 6 GPU Capacity rig, you may have a GPU with 3 8 pin ports. In this case, you'll need to find the extra 8 pin connector zip tied to the cable and cut it free.
- 5b. (Optional) With the third 8 pin connector free you can then plug all 3 into the 3 8 pin ports on top of your GPU.
- 6. Push the power button found tucked on the inside of the front righthand corner of the rig between the top of the power supply and the fans.
There will be a Power sticker on the outside.
- (Hold the power button down to shutdown your rig.)
(WiFi Adapter Users Only) Connect to your WiFi Network
With a keyboard and monitor plugged in, power on your rig and wait until HiveOS boots up. You'll be greeted with a command prompt:
(If you can't type anything push Ctrl C )
- Enter the command: wifi
- If will scan for WiFi networks and return you a numbered list. Enter the number next to your WiFi network.
(If you have 5GHz and 2.4GHz WiFi networks to choose from, use the 2.4GHz.)
- Enter your WiFi network password.
- If you see the last line in green, you're connected!
Now enter the command which will connect your rig to your HiveOS farm: hello
Your rig will now appear in the Worker tab in your HiveOS farm. (You may have to refresh the page)
You start mining by applying the Flight Sheet you’ve created.
You have two options of applying the Flight Sheet to your worker. First, by going to your Workers tab, then clicking on the worker's name, then going to the Flight Sheet tab in a worker’s menu and clicking the rocket button on the right side of the specific Flight Sheet you want to apply.
The second way is by going to the Workers tab, then clicking the checkboxes on the left side of the workers to which you want to apply the Flight Sheet. You should see a rocket icon appear in the menu bar in the top right corner.
When you click on the Worker's name and enter the Worker screen, the rocket icon will similarly be at the top of the screen where you can click it.
This screen allows you full remote management and monitoring of your worker/rig.
Starting at the top of the screen, in the left corner is your farm's name and your current worker. You can click on the worker's name to switch between different works.
In the top mid section is the line of icons which allow you to perform functions like power off or reboot your rig, apply your flight sheet, and connect to your rig's command line remotely (more on that later). The latter 2 are circled in red.
Next turn your attention to the blue boxes which show your total hashrate, the hashrate of each GPU, and your total power consumption. The power usage isn't as accurate as a physical power monitor however.
The green box is handy log of events which have been executed on your worker. To see a more detailed version, click on the Activity tab.
Finally the icon circled in orange allows you to configure your GPU's overclock and voltage settings. Using the proper settings, you'll mine efficiently and ensure your cards stay healthy.
We recommend initially mining with all setting stock other than the fan which should be at 80%.
This is required in order to generate the DAG which is too complicated for even us to explain.
Overclock settings will be different for each GPU. We provide suggestions over on our FAQ page for each popular GPU.
Feel free to do your own research if our settings aren't stable enough for your specific card. There is room for tweaking.
You can set the overclock settings either individually for each GPU by clicking the tachometer icon on the far right of each row, or if you have all identical GPUs, you can set overclocks for all of them by clicking the tachometer -all icon.
By clicking Popular Presets you can try popular overclock settings based on the coin and GPU.
More about overclocking from HiveOS here.
Miner Monitoring with Hive Shell
Here we can get the same experience over the web remotely as if we had a keyboard and monitor hooked up to the mining rig.
Click the command prompt icon at the top:
Then click Hive Shell Start.
After the command is finished, you'll see this in the activity log:
Click on the box with arrow to open a new tab. Here you can run simple HiveOS commands. Use this convenient cheat sheet.
For example to get info about your AMD GPU, enter nvidia-info or amd-info
Your most useful commands are agent-screen and miner
That's what mining looks like.