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Monday 20 November 2017
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How to Set Up an ASICMiner Block Erupter Cube

So you got your hands on a Block Erupter Cube but can’t quite figure it out? This is the tutorial for you.

The ASICMiner Block Erupter Cube machines run 30 – 38Giga Hashes/sec. They have first generation ASIC chips, a built in cooling system, and they’re pretty awesome.

Here are the steps you need to take to get the cube powered up, configured, and hashing.

First things first. This is the hardware you are going to need to buy:

 

Setup and Power on

Unbox the Corsair 500x power supply and the ASICMiner Block Erupter Cube.

1. Plug the fuse into the back of the ASICMiner Block Erupter Cube. The fuse will come in the box. It is a metal with a green casing.

2. Plug in your two 6 PCI-E connectors from the Corsair 500x power supply into the back of the ASICMiner Block Erupter Cube.

3. The miner will come with a plastic electrical connector. It should come with a green paper clip. You need this to jumpstart the miner.

4. Plug one ethernet cord from the Block Erupter Cube to your Internet router and the other ethernet cord from your router to the wall.

5. You can now turn the power switch on the Corsair Power Supply. Some blinking lights should go and the fans on both machines should start. (If nothing happens make sure that you have the plastic electrical connector on, this took me a little bit to figure out).

Now, your ASICMiner Block Erupter Cube should be powered on.

 

Configuration

Download the bridge for the configuration:

http://www.silabs.com/products/mcu/Pages/USBtoUARTBridgeVCPDrivers.aspx

  1. Here come all the tricky configuration steps. It will probably take you a while to trouble shoot everything but it will all be worth it when you’re mining bitcoins at 30 – 38 Gh/s.
  1. Set up your Internet router so that the DHCP addresses range is from 192.168.1.100 – 192.168.1.254. This process varies on a number of different routers. You want to look for the DHCP range and set it to the one listed above.

The ASICMiner Block Erupter Cube default IP address for configuration is 192.168.1.254:8000

3. Type this 192.168.1.254:8000 URL into your browser.

If everything is setup properly, you will be at the cube’s blue configuration page. If you cannot get to this page you may have to troubleshoot a few things. It took me a while to figure this out. There are a lot of different variables that are in place.

  • Make sure the IP address of your router is 192.168.1.1
  • Make sure the DHCP range of your router is 192.168.1.100 – 192.168.1.254.
  • Update to the latest version of your Internet browser
  • Make sure you are connected to WiFi

If you still cannot get to the blue configuration page on your computer, try using a different computer and typing the 192.168.1.254:8000 URL into the browser.

You can run the mining proxy from a Windows OS and configure it from a Mac OS.

Once you get to 192.168.1.254:8000 you will see a blue configuration page.

You’ll notice a number of 000’s at the top of the screen as well as some buttons to adjust the settings of your ASICMiner Block Erupter.

 

Hashing

  1. The ASICMiner Block Erupter Cubes run on the GETWORK protocol so you will need to set up a local proxy and a cloud based proxy. The local proxy can be setup using Slush’s Pool Stratum Proxy.

Go to Google and type in “Stratum Proxy.” Click on the first link and it will direct you to Slush’s Mining Proxy. The download is available for Windows OS.

  1. For the port type in 8332 and your IP address can be found by using run –> cmd –> ipconfig/all in the Windows command line.

Underneath that you will need to put your worker user name and password for the local pool. Create a new worker in Slush’s pool and enter the information twice in the last box. Like this:

username.worker:password,username.worker:password

You have to enter the information twice because it is for the local proxy and the cloud base proxy.

3. For the cloud base proxy you can use westcoastbtc.cloudapp.net and port 8902.

Your IP information should look like:

YOURIPADDRESSSHERE,westcoastbtc.cloudapp.net

Your configuration page should look like:

IP: YOURIPADDRESSHERE

MASK: 255.255.255.0

Gateway: 192.168.1.1

Web Port: 8000 (keep the same)

Primary DNS: (keep the same)

Secondary DNS: (keep the same)

Ports: 8332,8902

Server addresses: YOURIPADDRESSSHERE,westcoastbtc.cloudapp.net

user:password: username.worker:password,username.worker:password

After your finish imputing all this information. Click the Update button on the cube’s configuration page.

Go back to your configuration page with the URL: 192.168.1.254:8000

You should now start seeing your miner begin to hash. You can change between the primary/secondary pool by clicking the pool button. You can also overclock the miner up to 38GH/s by pushing the clock button on the configuration page. The hashing output from the miner will depend on your Internet connection and how cool you keep the miner.

Best of luck setting this machine up. If you have any questions about the physical setup or configuration of the cube, feel free to contact me by email: dominicsteil@hotmail.com.

If you are still having trouble setting it up the cube, check out these videos on how to set it up by JonesGear.com.



Dom Steil

Dom Steil is an entrepreneur from the Silicon Valley. He is well versed in a variety of technological fields and has experience as a business analyst at the international enterprise level. For more information, visit his blog at http://www.dominicsteil.wordpress.com. Dom also accepts Bitcoin tips to: 1FiYresjQP7GV9EUxr9fudWm3Xz7WC2VMC