UPDATE: See the Videos link in the menu above to check out a quick video on adding your Desktop PC to Awesome Miner rather than setting up a remote mining rig
If you’ve done any mining before, you’ll know that it’s not all rainbows and fairytales.
You want to keep your mining running as much as possible, keep track of your hashrates to ensure your GPU’s are all running, overclock where possible, and also to identify any overheating promptly.
This is where Awesome Miner comes in, and even if you just have one or two rigs, I would highly recommend giving it a shot, as the free version will happily work with up to two miners. I’ve personally paid for the Enterprise version, and it’s well worth the investment, to get results like this:
This guide will make it super easy to get a bunch of miners all up and running, mining DigiByte in no time!
To begin, head on over to the Awesome Miner website and download the Remote Agent.
There’s little point explaining the Remote Agent any further, but, you need to *start* by installing this on to all your miners and then make sure you manually load it up. You must do this the first time, and it will automatically start up on future reboots for you from then on out.
Then, go back to the website and download the Awesome Miner Installer on to your “main” controller PC, that we’re going to call the Miner Monitor. Run through the initial setup, the defaults are all fine so you can just mash the “next” button, then fire up Awesome Miner. You’ll be greeted with a screen like this:
Click on the Next button to be taken to a screen that will ask you about the type of miner you want to add. Now, because we’re clever and we’ve already gone through and installed the Remote Agent onto all your miners, this next part is super easy, we’re going to choose “Network Scan”.
If you haven’t installed the Remote Agent on to all your miners, go back to the start of this guide, and pay better attention next time.
Up the top of this Network Scan screen, you need to change it from looking for cgminer software to the Remote Agent, as shown, and then click on “Start scan”:
If nothing is found, but you’re certain you installed the remote agent on the Miner PC, you’ll want to check your networking / firewall settings on both your Miner Monitor and on your Miner PC, to ensure it’s not being blocked. If you’ve setup your PC to think it’s on a “Home” network, it should be fine, but if you told it that you’re on a “Work” or “Public” network, you’ll need to adjust your firewall settings prior to proceeding and / or allow an exception for Awesome Miner and the Remote Agent.
Now, when you see the list being populated, put a tick next to the Awesome Miner Remote Agents that it finds and then click on “Next”.
Now change the Miner type to “Managed Miner” and we’re going to leave this as an “Unspecified / Multi-algo” miner, so that we can always swap between Skein / Groestl:
Change the Software to match your card, in this case we’re doing nVidia mining so we’re going to start with ccminer sp-mod (As it supports Skein and Groestl), though there’s also sgminer for AMD users etc, and you can experiment with them all, as it’s very easy to change later.
Now, next to Pool, we’re going to click on “New” and then “New Pool”.
Without going in to Pool options too much, we’re going to presume some basic knowledge there already, and we’re going to setup an account we already have with TheBlocksFactory.
Give it a description (Something helpful, similar to below), and set the Server URL to your pools required URL (In this instance we’re using ” stratum+tcp://stratum.dgb.theblocksfactory.com:9002 “) and then set the Worker Name to the first part of your worker (The part BEFORE the ” . “) and your respective Worker Password. It helps if all your worker passwords are the same.
Finally, and this is key, go in to the “Advanced” options on the left, and then in the pool-specific command line parameters enter:
Otherwise it’ll try mine with the “auto” setting, and the mining software (ccminer / sgminer etc) will choose the wrong algo for the pool. This is where you would also set it to “myr-gr” if you were mining Groestl.
Click OK to be taken back to the Network Scan screen, then click Next, and click on Finish to confirm the miners.
It should tell you the Miner you’ve added is “Stopped”, this is fine for now.
Right-click on the Miner and go to Properties. Give it a Description (“Miner01” for me) and then next to “Add to worker name” tick this and add your worker name, the part after the ” . ” such as “miner01”.
Then, click OK to go back to the main screen.
Select the Miner and hit Start to begin mining! It will now automatically upload the latest version of the mining software you chose to the remote miner and begin mining!
Click on the GPU tab at the bottom there to see specifics about each individual miner:
If you purchase the Premium Edition, this will also allow you to remotely bulk-set the overclock settings on all of your GPU’s, per-card, per-miner, or globally. I would highly recommend this, though it does require a little additional setup with MSI Afterburner and the MSI Afterburner Remote Service.
This is enough to get you started and you’re now mining DigiByte with Awesome Miner!
Some last-minute house-keeping, you might want to go into the Options (Up the top of the main screen), and then in the General screen set it to automatically start, automatically download the updates and new versions of mining software, and lastly change the Miner List Temperature Display to show “All device temperatures” so where you have multiple GPU’s you can see them all in the list.