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Recently I was introduced to a new take that varies away from your traditional Dagger Hashimoto mining pool you’d typically see. The better part of the majority of mining pools that offer Ethereum based coins use the good ole’ Open Ethereum Pool setup from GitHub.
Comining.io Shakes Things Up
A few short weeks ago the Akroma network difficulty was well within reason for me to solo mine to maximize my daily coin gains. So I sat out to either setup a solo mining setup on my local network or find a pool that would offer me that functionality. I thought I was in for an exhaustive session of searching through Google. However, I was greeted by comining.io that offered a breath of fresh air.
Finally I wasn’t looking at the same old Open Ethereum Pool design. Ya know, this one:
Don’t get me wrong on this one, the Open Ethereum Pool setup does the job just fine. Minerpool.net has even expanded on the functionality as they’ve started testing out the solo pool options as well.
Let’s take a look at CoMining.io though:
Overall I found the layout of the pool website easy on the eyes and everything was fairly easy to find. One problem I had when I initially signed up is that I had no idea where to start. Once I logged in there wasn’t a clear pointer on where I should go to start setting things up.
To save you from the trouble, all you have to do is simply click on your account name in the top right and you’re taken to the dashboard.
The home page of Comining lists every coin that they currently have available to mine. It’s quite an extensive list to be honest but it’s good to have options, right?
They currently list these as tokens for some reason, although they’re not tokens. That’s cool Eli, but let’s get to the good stuff! How do I mine on this pool dude!
Alright, I got you fam. I’ll give you a quick text only version of the instructions. If you want a more hands on approach you can check out this YouTube video where I walk you through the process from start to finish on mining Akroma ($AKA).
So if you take a look on the front page of the pool, you can scroll down and get some example command lines for your favorite miner. I personally use the Claymore miner (I might get flak for this but hey, I’m old and stuck in my ways okay!?). We can copy one of those example command lines and throw it in a text file for now.
Now we want to scroll up and click our username in the right hand side of the page. From here we’re presented with our dashboard. Eli, what is this random account id thing at the top of the page?
I’m glad you asked, one absolutely EPIC feature of CoMining.io is that you do not have to attach a wallet (until later) to mine a coin. Your account ID is a unique identifier that all your coin is mined to. So if you want to jump on a new coin they just added but you don’t have a new wallet to attach, don’t worry, you’re covered.
Once you attach a wallet later on and you’ve met the minimum payout threshold, the system will send you your coin.
Let’s copy that account ID and replace the account ID in our sample command line we put in a notepad file earlier, shall we? Next up we need to create a worker that we’re going to append to our account ID.
From the dashboard, click on workers and you’ll be brought to your workers page where you can add, delete, and change what coin a worker is mining. Let’s click on add worker (blue button on the right). Let’s call our worker Bob, give Bob a description, and let’s select what coin we want to mine.
This could be confusing for newcomers to the pool, and that’s okay. I told you I had your back! One thing to remember, if you want to “Pool” mine then find your coin and select the PPLNT option. If you have enough hash power, you can select the 10G Solo option to collect the whole block reward. Click Add and lets move on.
You should see something like “.[WORKER] or .worker” replace the word worker with the name of the worker you just created on the pool. Now you can save your command line as a bat file or replace the contents of a bat already located in your miner program folder.
Now you’re mining with CoMining.io. If you ever want to change what coin you’re currently mining simply go back to the workers area and click the “Change Mining” button and select what coin you’d like to mine.
Feel free to browse around the site, the home page also lists the latest blocks found which is interesting to see.
What do you think of CoMining.io? Let me know in the comments on on our discord by clicking the discord link at the top of the page.
Additionally, if you have any questions please feel free to join the CoMining Discord Server by clicking here.