In my quest to understand mining crypto I searched for something affordable to get my hands on to test out. I came across the Bitmain AntMiner AntRouter R1-LTC ASIC Litecoin Miner WiFi Router on Ebay and purchased it. I had no idea how to get it to work, so I anxiously awaited it’s delivery.
I found a nice review and tutorial from years ago on youtube around the time when they originally came out. The gentlemen doing the review walked through the process on how to make the AntRouter into a wifi client.
As shipped it actually becomes a wireless access point that you can connect to the internet with (as long as it is attached to your internet router).
I managed to get it configured properly but discovered the signal reception was too weak. The only way to get it to connect reliably was to have it next to the router. And it still wouldn’t reliably keep the connection. So I ultimately went back to setting it up as a WAN device connected through an ethernet cable.
I then signed up for two different mining pools to experiment a bit. The first was LiteCoinPool.org. I got it up and running and monitored it for a week. I then got it connected to ProHashing and monitored it for a week.
This little device has a whopping 1.5MH/s! I calculated that through ProHashing I would mine my first DogeCoin in around a month. It would be 100 days or so before I would reach the minimum to withdraw from LiteCoinPool! It did seem to perform a bit better on ProHashing then LiteCoinPool. Maybe it has to do with what coins they mine behind the scenes and how they pay out.
I found a USB miner on Ebay that peaked my curiosity so I bought it. I ended up selling this AntRouter back on Ebay for basically what I paid for it since the USB miner had more power and was my newest toy to play with.
This is a cool device and well worth the educational opportunity to configure and learn with, without paying a ton for a miner. However, it clearly will never pay for itself used in the traditional way. However, for some reason they are increasing in value on Ebay. I am not sure if people are doing what I did and learning with them, or if there is some other use for them. At any rate – maybe I should have originally bought a few and then sold them for higher later? (If anyone knows what people are doing with these - let me know!). Well – off to my next experiment with the USB miner!