For me as a hobby miner, this was a real good way to start with a more efficient way of ASIC mining. This tutorial shows, how to asic miner how to build the stick under Linux. The Stick itself is a rebrand of the Zeus ASIC miner.
That being said, this information is important later, when we start to mine because we have to bypass the mining software that it has to handle this USB ASIC miner as a Zeus miner. Another really good reason to use this device is a starting device for mining is the very low power consumption. The stick needs between 1 and 3 watts. This is almost nothing and also way more efficient than doing mining with your CPU or your GPU.
But before we setup the stick to get it working under Linux, we should join a pool. Mining alone is possible as well, but you have almost 0 chance to mine effectively on your own, because before you solve a whole block on your own, another miner already has done it and your work was useless. So you should definitely go with a pool. With LTCRabbit you mine for the most valueable scrypt coin, but you get payed out with Litecoin. You will need you username as well as your password later to start mining.
This pools works the same as LTCRabbit, but you get payed out in Bitcoins. You don’t need to register at this pool, but you need a Bitcoin wallet with a valid address where you can receive payments. Your Bitcoin wallet address is you username here as well. Now that you are a member of a pool, you need a piece of hardware which talks to the stick and is transmitting the results to the pool of course. The good news is, you can even use a Raspberry Pi for that! The power output of a Raspberry Pi USB port is enough to keep the stick under full load.
You can also let your Raspberry Pi mine itself at the same time with it’s CPU! Check out my other post here to do so! Of course using a Raspberry Pi is just an example. Note: This tutorial does not cover the usage of this stick with a Windows based system. Note: The following steps assume, that you use Ubuntu, Debian or Raspbian to build the mining software. First we have to build the cgminer mining software to get the ASIC miner running.
To do so, we have to get several development libraries in the first place. This could take some time of course. Now that you’re system has all the libraries which are required to get the cgminer successfully built, we can check out the cgminer source code. The time this download needs depends on your internet connection. But normally this should be done within seconds.
Now we have to configure the miner for the build. This make file contains informations about the architecture and other stuff that is needed for the miner to be built on your system. This could now take some time, depending on your CPU speed. On a Raspberry this is done within a minute.