Question:

Setting up Bitcoin Miner in a data center

Mia: 25 May 2022

I have been running Antminer S9 in my apartment. It is too noisy, to hot, and it ruins the ambiance of my home. So I did some research and found a data center that can host my miner.

At home I access Antminer through my private IP through my router. However, in the data center I will have to get a public IP. I will have a strong password for the Antminer but I am still worried for having my ASIC publicly exposed to the world (DoS attacks etc).

I talked to a person in the data center, setting up VPN will further erode my profit margins. It is already expensive.

My questions to the community are:

  1. Is it dangerous to set up a remote Antminer in a data center with a public IP?
  2. What is a typical network set up when I want to host my equipment remotely?

Answer:
Charlotte: 25 May 2022

  1. Yes. I definitely wouldn't take the chance. Minimum is a possibility of a DoS attack. I'm not familiar with the Antminer firmware and how that's setup, but you could possibly get hacked in your WebUI. Then they could point your miner at their pool.

  2. Yes, a firewall with VPN capabilities and a switch are your typical data center networking setups. You don't really need to set it up that way. You could use a simple home router and turn the WiFi off. Then attach your Antminers to the router. If the router has VPN capabilities, then use that. Otherwise you can setup a computer in the data center to with TeamViewer or LogMeIn. Then you can remotely access your devices through that.