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0a) What to Expect
0b) What You Need
1) Powering
2) Cooling
3) Case
4) Configuration
5) Troubleshooting
6) Where to buy


0a) What to Expect (top)
The RockMiner R3-Box is the evolution of the short lived RK-Box and is definitely an improvement. 36 ASICMiner BE200 chips are distributed across 2 mining
in a blade style arrangement, compared with with the RK-Box's cube style. A Raspberry Pi, USB hub and cabling is included to produce a self contained solution.

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Rated Voltage12V
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0b) What You Need (top)
You will need a few accessories and a power supply to get started.


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1) Powering (top)
R3-Boxes do not come with a power supply, and you will need a typical computer PSU with 4xPCI-E 6 pin power connectors.  We also need to tell the PSU to
always be on, as there isn't a motherboard to do this. Cut a paper clip into a U and insert it into the green wire and either black wire to the side of the green
wire. Tape it up for safety. The power supply will now be controlled by its switch on the rear socket.

      


2) Cooling (top)
The R3-Box is self sufficient in cooling terms and utilises custom aluminium finned heatsinks on the front and back of the boards. A 120mm NMB MAT
4715KL-04W-B56 fan blows through the heatsinks and is rather loud. The second set of heatsinks are about 10C hotter than the first due to the layout,
which can be corrected by the addition of a quiet 120mm fan at the other end of the miner. Once we get software control of the original can, we can then tone
down the speed of original fan without impacting cooling performance. Its worth noting that the fan header is 4 pin but with a split pin configuration, and
so not all normal fans can be used.

      

      
 



3) Case (top)
An open steel case is used as the frame, and comprises of just two end stands. Units are adding significant strength to the miner. Units are only stackable
when mounted on their sides due to the interference of the PCI-E and Raspberry Pi wires. Each miner measures 400 x 170 x 190mm, weighs 4.5kg and 5.5kg
when shipped and packed.

      


4) Configuration (top)
R3-Boxes can be run using CGMiner on a host Windows PC, however as they come with a Raspberry Pi the guide will concentrate on this.

Wiring:
  • Plug in the SD card into the Raspberry Pi.
  • Plug in mini USB to USB cable from the central USB hub to the Raspberry Pi.
  • Unscrew the two golden standoffs on the fan end of the miner and slide the Raspberry Pi onto it. Rescrew in the standoffs to secure the Pi in place.
  • Plug in the four green standoff boards (green rectangles with two rows of pins on the back). The texts on each board should be upright. Units
    may ship with these already on.
  • Plug in the four white USB cables from the USB hub to the white 4 pin header on these standoff boards. Note, DO NOT plug the cable into the mining
    board directly, it will not work (see pictures below if unsure).
  • Plug in the black cable from one of the 4 pin headers ON the mining board directly onto the Raspberry Pi's outermost six pins. The red wire should
    face away from the Pi. This cable is acting as the power cable for the Raspberry Pi and no external power is required.
  • Plug in the four PCI-E cables to the miner.

Software:
  • Power on the power supply using its switch at the back.
  • Using a browser, navigate to 192.168.1.254 - this goes to the R3-Box's configuration page.
  • Navigate to the page "Set IP". Enter your desired IP address if you want to change, and your gateway (router) address if it is not correct. Click Update.
  • Using a browser, navigate to the IP you have just set, or back to 192.168.1.254if unchanged.
  • Navigate to the page "Pools". Enter your pool information in the below format. Click "Update" and then "Restart".
  • Navigate to the page "Sync Time" and select your time zone. Click "Update".
  • Navigate to the page "Home" to check mining has started.

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5) Troubleshooting (top)
ProblemSolution
How.can.I.upgrade.to.the.latest.firmware?- Download an SSH client and install it onto a Windows PC. Open it, and enter the IP of the miner (192.168.1.254 etc).
Press open, okay to any popup message and login with the username "root" and password "rockminer".
Type "nano upgrade.sh", and then make sure the following lines are as follows:

#!/bin/sh
cd /root
git clone https://github.com/rockminerinc/RockWeb.git
cp /root/RockWeb/* /usr/share/nginx/www/ -avpf
rm -rf /root/RockWeb

Press ctrl+x to save and exit afterwards. Type "chmod 777 upgrade.sh" and "./upgrade.sh" to issue the upgrade to
your miner. Do not interrupt the process.

      

 


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July 10, 2014, 02:03:19 AM
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Could you add a step on how to image an sd card for an R3 please?

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July 10, 2014, 02:35:52 AM
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Another excellent guide by Dogie.

He / She / They are the go to people on forum for setting up your new miner.
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Will that firmware update work for the rk-Box also? They are basicly the same 4 blades.

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Woof!  S1 on steroids.  Great Job, nice camera abeit expensive camera.
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July 10, 2014, 03:32:21 AM
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Will that firmware update work for the rk-Box also? They are basicly the same 4 blades.

Maybe, would take about 10 minutes to try if you've got an RK (which I don't), if we can track down an image file for this. I might have to rip one.

Could you add a step on how to image an sd card for an R3 please?

Will do if I can get an official copy of the SD card from somewhere. Cant find it on the repositories yet.

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Units are only stackable when mounted on their sides due to the interference of the PCI-E and Raspberry Pi wires.

There's no way to route all of the wires through the end pieces?


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July 10, 2014, 08:52:05 AM
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dogie,

thanks for another great review. Any idea what the upgrades are compared to the rocket box? Seems by looking at the pictures they cleaned up the design a bit. Any other real world things?

Steve

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Can we not use normal USB mini to usb cables or do we have to use USB-MCU cable to connect up the boards?

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July 10, 2014, 02:29:09 PM
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dogie,

thanks for another great review. Any idea what the upgrades are compared to the rocket box? Seems by looking at the pictures they cleaned up the design a bit. Any other real world things?

Steve

Nope, no other changes.
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July 10, 2014, 04:38:15 PM
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They have done something because these babies are tons more stable. No need to wait 1-2 hours to warm up. Straight out of the gate i am getting 490 - 500 gh/s on mine with no configuration. Simply plug and play. Here are some pictures:





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infact i think these will top 500+ GH no problem. This is the real Antminer S3 Killer right here!!!

Dogie, sorry i know my camera is not up to much but i had to share this!

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July 10, 2014, 05:02:19 PM
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You wrote:
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Units are only stackable when mounted on their sides due to the interference of the PCI-E and Raspberry Pi wires.

There's no way to route all of the wires through the end pieces?

Not if you want to use the onboard hub. Strictly the unit is already on its side as pictured, so its not really a problem at all. Look at the end pieces and where the screws are for the correct orientation and stacking.

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Can we not use normal USB mini to usb cables or do we have to use USB-MCU cable to connect up the boards?

I'm not sure, I can't see any reason why you couldn't use the mini to usb directly (not tried it) as that's all its doing anyway. You do need the little green standoff PCB though, it doesn't work directly to the mining card.

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July 10, 2014, 05:43:15 PM
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infact i think these will top 500+ GH no problem. This is the real Antminer S3 Killer right here!!!

Look at your reject rate, you won't be getting that at the pool.

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infact i think these will top 500+ GH no problem. This is the real Antminer S3 Killer right here!!!


Can you clarify what you mean by Antminer S3 killer?
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infact i think these will top 500+ GH no problem. This is the real Antminer S3 Killer right here!!!


Can you clarify what you mean by Antminer S3 killer?

It doesn't mean anything at this point given the 10%+ rejects...

I'd be willing to bet the S3 doesn't have this problem when it's released and actual hashrates will be comparable.
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infact i think these will top 500+ GH no problem. This is the real Antminer S3 Killer right here!!!


Can you clarify what you mean by Antminer S3 killer?

It doesn't mean anything at this point given the 10%+ rejects...

I'd be willing to bet the S3 doesn't have this problem when it's released and actual hashrates will be comparable.

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Anyone know if the RK/R3 miners can be connected to a Windows PC via USB?
I guess it couldn't hurt to try eh?

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Anyone know if the RK/R3 miners can be connected to a Windows PC via USB?
I guess it couldn't hurt to try eh?

Yes, they can.  There's info in one of the other rockminer threads...will dig it up for you when I get a minute.
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Anyone know if the RK/R3 miners can be connected to a Windows PC via USB?
I guess it couldn't hurt to try eh?

Yes, they can.  There's info in one of the other rockminer threads...will dig it up for you when I get a minute.

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