There are many new cryptocurrency miners beginning to pop up across the globe.  Many of you have jobs or things that take you away from home.  Let’s talk about some of the best ways to run a mining rig remotely to ensure you don’t lose uptime and miss out on profits.

Options to Run a Mining Rig Remotely

In order to run a mining rig remotely you can take a couple different paths depending on the level of control you would require.  There are some software options that you can use to connect to windows and manipulate programs and restart miners.  There are also hardware options you can buy that will allow you to completely reboot your machine no matter where you are in the world.


Software Options to Run a Mining Rig Remotely

Remote Desktop  The most common way to run a windows machine.  All you need to do is be connected to the internet in your home with your rig and setup access on  your miner one time to allow connections.  You can then control everything like normal through a virtual client. The only thing you cannot do is power the machine on after a power outage or enter the bios.

TightVNC– Simialr to Remote Desktop you can set up your mining rig to allow a virtual connection to managed and control your machine.  This is a great option for those of you with a MAC in the house that are looking for a solution like Remote Desktop.

Teamviewer– A free program that allows you to connect to your mining rig remotely wherever you have internet access, or cell access for your phone.  You can set up Teamviewer on your miner to start automatically with windows and then connect to it anytime.  You need to configure it from your miner before you depart to allow easy connection from the devices you will be traveling with.  This is my current preferred method to use to manage my mining rigs while I am traveling.  The only drawback to this method is you cannot completely shut down your system, only restart.  You also cannot access bios information on startup, but that shouldn’t be needed if everything is set up properly before you depart.

Chrome Remote Desktop– Similar to Teamviewer you can access you need to set this up beforehand with a pin to ensure you can log in from anywhere.  You will have full access once the computer boots to the OS to change settings, adjust overclocks, or any other setting you would like to do just as you would at home with the exception of a complete shutdown or bios changes.

Hardware to Run a Mining Rig Remotely

Wemo Smart Plug

wemo smart plug

This is the perfect item to pair with the above software.  If you need to a to shut down your system completely. You can then make change your bios setting to power on when the power is cut and turned back on.  You can monitor and control Wemo through your phone.  As an added bonus it also allows you to track energy usage anytime.  Helps in calculating electricity costs on the road without having to physically look at your kill-a-watt

Simple Mining OS If you have not decided on an operating system yet and travel frequently,  SMOS could be a great choice.  You can run everything you need via the SMOS website.  SMOS runs on a small USB, which can lower your costs significantly since you will not need Windows.  You can test SMOS for free for a few days, after that the cost is $2/month per mining rig.  The support for SMOS is great and they provide you with the needed mining scripts to get up and running and you set the overclock setting there as well. The cons to SMOS is you are limited to mine what they provide support for and the cost per month, which is small but can be a turn off for some.  The other important thing to note is they do not support wi-fi so you need to ensure you have a wired connection. You can read more about it on their website or the thread on Bitcoin Talk here.

The size of the entire OS is only 7gb so any decent USB stick will work similar to this Lexar drive

EthosOS– Similar to SMOS, Ethos is a 64 bit Linux based OS.  You need to purchase 1 per rig at a cost of $39 per USB stick.  The USB comes pre-loaded with everything you need to get up and running. Everything is controlled via a web-based browser that has a multitude of options to ensure you can adjust anything or update drivers on the fly.  The drawback here is the upfront price.  However, paying $39 gives you an OS and saves you the need for an SSD which may cost you more.

HiveOS Another Linux based OS that was released in Nov 2017.  One of the benefits to Hive is that it does support Wifi if that is how you are running your rig.  The best part is you can run 3 rigs for FREE! The price upon adding a 4th rig is $3/month per rig ($12/month total).  Similar to Simple Miner you just need to download it and can run it off a USB like this one It has all the most popular miners already installed with more to be added as they are released. This is still in active development and you can find out more on their webpage or the Bitcoin Talk thread located here.

Please reach out with any questions you have and I would be happy to assist or go into further detail identifying what is the best fit to help you run your mining rig remotely.

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