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March 02, 2018, 09:22:52 PM
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hello to all,
after a while my btc matured enough and I can now afford to start mining  Cheesy

I just have some doubts I hope you can help me clarify.

I plan to get an AvalonMiner 741 used, since the price is very appealing.

I need a static IP to mine right? I plan to get the NoIp service and use a router with openwrt or ddwrt.

Do I need a normal internet connection or can I use a 4G router like this one, that as lan and wlan ports too and comes with openwrt?
https://store.gl-inet.com/collections/travel-routers/products/gl-mifi-4g-smart-router?variant=3077071732763

The avalon miner has a raspberry as a controller, is it possible to make it run through tor? This is the only topic I found
https://bitcoin.stackexchange.com/questions/3608/pool-mining-through-the-tor-network
I really would like to torify, or is a vpn enough?

I am still researching a lot, but these are the questions the puzzle me the most.


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March 02, 2018, 09:44:00 PM
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You do not need a static IP to mine and since the network traffic that is generated by a miner is not really that much, a 4G router should work fine. I am not sure why you would want to use the TOR network, that could potentially be problematic due to latency issues and such. You don't need a VPN either unless you need to access your miner remotely. If you are managing the miner remotely, having a static IP would make life easier for you.

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March 03, 2018, 08:17:22 AM
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thanks for the reply,

I was thinking to use TOR, because I am used to use it for pretty much anything I do on the net.  Plus I read here
https://bitcoin.stackexchange.com/questions/3608/pool-mining-through-the-tor-network
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mostly something that came up during a conversation I had with my academic supervisor - he likes pointing out all possible exploits that could happen in relation to Bitcoin and one of them was attacking miners based on their IPs. So I figured out I'd investigate possible obfuscation of the addresses.
is just a paranoid person, or it could actually happens?

Here Satoshi stated that is not possible to connect the ip to the wallet
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=8.msg34#msg34
but is it possible to connect the IP to the miner? I want to mine for fun atm, but what if the country I live in in 10 years wakes up and tell me: you bought a miner, you should have earned this, now pay me. Where I live is not unlikely that something like this happens. I do not want to avoid taxes, if it turns out I can make a profit while helping the bitcoin network, then I'll gladly expand to business level, but I just want to avoid possible future problems.

There is no sole proprietorship where I live, opening a business costs at the lowest level 4000usd of taxes per years even if you do not earn anything so is not like I really have a choice here.

I would like to have remote access to the miners so I'll go with a vpn + static ip

I really believe too that cryptocurrency can help change the world for the better, like internet did, so I am very happy after years of lurking to have the chance of mining.


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March 03, 2018, 01:17:26 PM
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Miners can and will be attacked if they have direct connections to the Internet. You need to put the miner behind a firewall and have the public IP on the firewall and the miner on a private IP behind the firewall. This will protect it against potential threats. You can then use a VPN to the firewall to remotely manage the miner. I do not recommend using TOR - too much latency and potential for problems.

Good luck with your project. I am glad to help if I can.

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March 03, 2018, 06:38:56 PM
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thanks for the suggestions,
I'll drop the TOR idea then.

Do you think that the firewall of openwrt or dd-wrt is enough? Should I look for something else?

Can I ask what do you use?

Anyway I'll document my progresses here for the next geek with the same problems.

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March 03, 2018, 07:40:29 PM
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Just about any good firewall will do, personally I use a Sophos XG firewall - works great and has good VPN support. If you have a spare computer with 2 ethernet ports on it, you can build one using the "home" version (link below) of the software at no cost. Otherwise, you can always buy a hardware appliance but that costs money and you have to license the software. Sophos makes a great platform and it is very secure.

https://www.sophos.com/en-us/products/free-tools/sophos-xg-firewall-home-edition.aspx

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March 04, 2018, 03:48:11 PM
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thank you!!!

Of course I can not give you merit but I'll tip you once I start mining. Sound fair to me.

Yesterday I looked into a RPI router, I'll leave the links here if anyone is interested.

https://openwrt.org/toh/hwdata/raspberrypifoundation/raspberrypifoundation_raspberrypi_3_b
https://openwrt.org/toh/raspberry_pi_foundation/raspberry_pi#resources

Bitcoin has so much potential, I really would like to see how they would do all the bribery and illegal trafficking on a public blockchain and the best part of this technology is that like the internet could shape this world for the better pretty fast.








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March 04, 2018, 06:10:47 PM
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No problem - thanks for the offer for a tip Smiley Let us know how your project goes - we are here to help if you need anything.

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