How to get your Antminer S9
You will need both the Antminer and a Power Supply Unit (PSU), which you can get off of Bitmain.com. When you order it, it normally will take a while to arrive. They will both arrive fully assembled and ready to be used.
How to get your Antminer S9 running and connected to the internet
The first thing you need to do is know that it takes a lot of power, is very loud, requires a 6-20p wall plug, and generates a lot of heat.
I need to mention that all of these instructions were found on the Bitmain Website and I’m just retelling it in my own words and sharing some of the problems that I had. Before you do anything with the actual miner, you need to find the pool that you want to use and download an IP reporter program on a Windows PC here. (Side note: I am updating this post and realized the link is broken. I can no longer find the file on Bitmain’s website but I have the file from when it still was and put it on Mediafire) This will be used to change the settings and set the pool that the miner will mine at.
After you do that, it is time to move on to the hardware. Choose the spot that you want to put your Antminer at, and plug all of the connectors from the PSU into the Antminer. Then, plug an ethernet cord into the miner and plug the PSU into the wall. The miner’s lights should immediately come on and it’ll start booting up and making noise. While it does this, you should run the program on your computer. NOTE: The computer running the IP program MUST be connected to the same network as the miner. The IP reporter program will have a big start button. Just click that button and don’t worry about any other part of the program. Once you have pressed the start button, go to the miner and press the IP Report button. Then, go back to your computer and there should be an IP on the program.
How to get your Miner mining at the pool of your choice
Once you have the IP, you have to type it into a search engine search bar (While still connected to the same network) and a login screen should pop up. The username and password are both “root”. While on this page, there will be a few tabs. You want to click on the “Miner Configuration” tab. On this page, there will be 3 sections with 3 boxes each. The first one is all you need to worry about. Somewhere at your mining pool, it should tell you what address to put in and how to do it.
Example: If you were to use Slushpool, you would use the address stratum+tcp://us-east.stratum.slushpool.com:3333 or a different one depending on the part of the world you are in. For the worker section, you would put username.workername. So I would put Bitcoinboy.Miner1 if I wanted to, and it doesn’t matter what you put in the password slot.
Problems that I had and how to fix them
If you read my first blog post, you’ll know that my dad and I spent a lot longer than we needed to set it up. You should be able to set it up in less than half an hour. It took us multiple hours.
Our biggest problem was that the IP reporter program didn’t seem to be working. In our house, we have a main wifi router (Wifi1), and a secondary one that runs off the first to provide a stronger signal to a different part of the house (Wifi2). The Antminer was hooked up to Wifi2, but our computer was hooked up to Wifi1. We spent a long time trying to figure it out. We happened to move the computer to a spot where it was hooked up to Wifi2, and then we got it working. I didn’t realize the problem until a few months later when I set up our second Antminer.
A small issue that we also had is that we were overcomplicating things. For example, we spent too much time worrying about what to do with the Shelf Step Position boxes on the IP reporter or what to do with the password box on the Antminer software, when we actually didn’t need to do anything with those.
Should you get an Antminer S9?
Absolutely. If you are looking to start mining Bitcoin, then definitely get this machine. It is the best one you can find online and takes the least electricity. Just make sure that you have a well-ventilated area with a fan blowing on it at all times to keep the temperature down.
Did I miss anything?
Do you think I missed anything? Have any questions or need help? Please, comment on this post or join my discord server here.
So I made another post with more problems I have come across with my S9s. You should definitely read it here.
I also made a farm in a shed in this blog post. I definitely recommend that you check it out.
February 2018 Update: With the current price of Bitcoin, profitability is not as high as it was when I wrote this, so you might want to think about it a little bit more before you buy it. I believe that the profitability will rise back up, however, and I still think that getting an S9 is worth it.
August 2018 Update: Profitability is too low now for it really to be worth buying a miner, although they are super cheap.