Hardware How-To Software

How to find a new miner on your network

Today we’re going to learn how to find a new crypto miner on your network.  We’ll use Windows in this example but there are tools for almost any type of computer.  Even phones have software to help you find your machines.

DHCP

Most modern ASIC miners come configured with one of two types of network setups.  In this article we’re going to focus on the most common, DHCP.  Some machines come with a default IP address instead of DHCP.  I’ll write up how to connect to a miner with a static IP in my next article.

DHCP stands for Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol which is a confusing way to say automatic networking.  DCHP is how your miner gets an IP address automatically from your network switch so it can function out of the box.  The problem with DHCP is that it randomly assigns an IP.  Without knowing what IP was assigned to your machine it’s hard to get to the interface to configure.  I’ll show you how to find the IP address using tools for Windows.

IP scanner

The easiest way to find a new computer or miner on your network is to do an IP scan.  This scan will show you all the computers talking on your network and we’ll use that information to find our new machines.  The first thing you need to do is download a free IP scanner from the Internet.  In this article we’ll use Angry IP Scanner for Windows.  There is a Mac version and a Linux version as well.  I’ll find a scanner for your phone and post it later Here’s an IP scanner for your Android phone, and here’s one for your iPhone.

Finding your miner should be pretty easy with just two steps.  The first step is to figure out what computers are already on your network.  You should do this step before powering on your new miner since we’ll be looking for the difference between two scans.  Here’s what my first scan looks like on my home network:

You can see all 11 of my home devices above.  I took a screenshot so I can easily compare the next scan.  Once you have written down or made a screenshot go ahead and turn on your new miner.  Give it a few minutes to warm up, then run your scan again.  I used an old Baikal X11 miner I had for this article.  Here’s what my scan looked like once I turned on my Baikal:

You can see that there is one new host in the scan.  That is the new miner that I turned on and now we should be able to connect to the interface in our web browser.  Here’s a screenshot of me using the IP address we found in my browser to connect:

It’s only two steps and it’s pretty straightforward once you know how to do it.  If you have problems getting it running, leave me a comment or email me and I’ll try to help you out.

Leave a Reply