Tutorial: Avalon 6 3.5TH @ 1050w bitcoin miner

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Avalon 6 (Avalon A6) is the newest Avalon 28nm bitcoin miner. In this tutorial, we will introduce the setting-up for Avalon 6 (3.5TH @ 1050w) bitcoin miner.

 

{Update Log}

  • Update 04-17-2016: a new version of the Avalon A6 miner has become available: Avalon 6.01.

avalon 6.01 bitcoin miner

The rated hash speed on the specifics label shows as “3.8 TH/s @ 1155w“.

specific of avalon 6.01

However, in our test, there is no difference between the older version Avalon 6.0. The mining speed in our test is still “3.5 TH/s @ 1050w“. So we think this is just a “nothing changed” new version. We still state the speed faithfully as “3.5 TH/s @ 1050w” on the product details page.

So we think, we shouldn’t expect too much for this new version(Avalon 6.01).  :)

 

{Miner Specifics}

  • Brand: Avalon 6.0
  • Model: 3.5 TH/s @ 1050w
  • Hash Rate: 3.5 TH/s ± 10%
  • Power Consumption: 1050W + 5%
  • Chip: 28nm A3218
  • 6pin Connectors: 4
  • Accessory with Raspberry Pi + AUC controller
  • PSU NO integrated PSU

 

{Preparations}

  • Prepare a PSU (>= 1200w and with 6pin x 4); You can use several PSUs to connect to one miner. But DON’T connect 1 PSU to more than one miner.
  • Connect the miner to the router by an ethernet cord.
  • For miner configuration, please use the ethernet cord to connect the miner to the same router which your PC is also connected to. (Your PC is just needed for miner configuration)

 

{Miner Connection}

The miner connection of Avalon 6 is a little bit complicated. Let’s do it step by step.

  • This is how the miner looks when you receive it from EastShore.

the avalon 6 bitcoin miner

  • First, check out the miner and all the accessories needed in the box.

avalon 6 and all the accessories

  • The accessories  are (from left to right): the raspberry pi, the cord for AUC controller, the sd card with mining system, the AUC controller, two USB cables, the power supply (and the plug adapter) for the raspberry pi

all the accessories of avalon 6

  • Insert the SD card with the mining system into Raspberry Pi

raspberry pi and the mining system

inserting sd card into raspberry pi

inserted sd card with raspberry pi

  • Take out the AUC controller and the cord for AUC controller.

auc controller and the cord

  • There are two connection ports on the AUC controller. One end of the controller should be connected to the Raspberry Pi, another end of the controller should be connected to the miner.

Connection of Auc controller

  • At first, we connect the AUC controller to the miner.
  • There are two AUC connection ports on the miner. You can use any one of them for connection.

the auc connection port on the miner

  • After connected.

connect auc controller to the miner

  • Then, we connect the AUC controller to the Raspberry Pi.
  • Let’s take a closer look at the Raspberry Pi. There are two USB ports (just beside the internet port) on the Raspberry Pi. We use any one of the USB ports for connection.

usb ports on raspberry pi

  • Using one of the USB cables in the package to connect the Raspberry Pi to the AUC controller.

USB cables

connect raspberry pi to the auc controller

  • Connect the Raspberry Pi to your router via internet cord.

insert internet cord to raspberry pi

  • Connect Raspberry Pi to its power supply: there is a mini-USB port (beside the SD card holder) on the Raspberry Pi, using a USB cable connect this port to its power supply.

the mini usb port on raspberry pi

  • Plug in the power supply of Raspberry Pi into the socket.

insert the raspberry pi to the socket on wall

  • Connect the PSU to the miner. All the four 6pin ports on the miner should be connected.

connect PSU to the miner

  • All connection done.

a working avalon 6 bitcoin miner

 

{Mining Guide}

In this section, we will introduce the configuration of the miner. In the process, you will need your PC for miner configuration.

  • Power on the miner, then power on the Raspberry Pi. (You can also power on them at the same time)
  • Wait for about 1~7 minutes. (The miner needs time to initialize itself.)
  • Scan out the IP address of your miner by an IP scanning software. Check for how to scan out the IP address: https://www.eastshore.xyz/how-to-scan-out-the-configuration-ip-address-of-the-miner/
  • Generally, the IP of the miner is  NOT  192.168.xx.100” (which is the default IP of Raspberry Pi).
  • In our test, if we scan the IP just after the miner be powered on, the IP will be “192.168.1.100”. But this is NOT the IP of the miner. We can’t log in the configuration page via this IP. The IP will change after about 5 minutes. So we scan the IP again after 5 minutes, and this time the IP is “192.168.1.52”.
  • So, in your case, please scan the IP after 5-7 minutes the miner powered on.
  • Here is an example of the scanning result, the IP of the miner is “192.168.1.52“, and the “Manufacturer” shown as “Raspberry Pi Foundation”.

avalon 6 IP scanning result

  • Open the configuration page in your browser with the IP address you just scanned out, for example: “192.168.1.52.”

login page of avalon 6

  • There is no password of Avalon miner, just click the button “Login“.
  • Then, you will see the “Dashboard” of the miner.

dashboard of avalon 6

  • There are main commands on the left side of the configuration page.

main commands of avalon 6 miner

  • Click “Configuration” to configure your mining account. You should configure all the three “Pool url” and “Pool worker“.

configure mining account

  • After configuration, click “Save & Apply” to save the changes. (you need to wait for some seconds until the changes are applied)
  • Then, wait for about one minute, the mining will start automatically.
  • Navigate to the “Dashboard“. All mining information will be shown there, such as the mining speed, the fan speed, and the active charts etc.

avalon 6 mining info

  • Advanced Version: more mining information will be shown in the “Advanced Version” of the dashboard. Clicking the command “Advanced Version” on the left side of the dashboard page, you will get the advanced version of the dashboard.

avalon 6 advance version

  • Navigate to “Status –> Cgminer Status“, more detailed mining information will show.

more detailed mining information

  • Advanced setting: there are more advanced setting here, you can set the “Minimum Fan %“, or upgrade the firmware of the miner. But we DO NOT suggest you to do those setting if your miner works well.

fan speed_customize

flash firmware

  • Get back to simple “Dashboard”: By clicking the “Change Theme” link in the left corner of any page in the advanced version, you can get back to the early simple dashboard of the miner.

get back to simple dashboard of avalon miner

  • All configuration done, happy mining!

 

{Mining Speed Notes}

  • The model of Avalon 6 is “3.5 TH/s @ 1050W”, the rated speed labeled on the miner is “3.5 TH/s ± 5%”. In our test, the speed may fluctuate between “3.1 TH/s ~ 3.7 TH/s” (So we stated the speed as 3.5 TH/s ± 10% at the product page).

specifics of avalon 6 miner

  • The “GHS” on the “Dashboard” page may change frequently, but the “GHS av” will keep stable. So please don’t worry about the frequently-changed speed of “GHS”.
  • However, if both the “GHS” and “GHS av” are very low (eg. lower than 3000GH/s), please just try to restart the miner, and the speed will be normal.

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