Choosing a Mining Farm Facility: Location, Cooling, and Accessories

Hi there! This is the fourth article in the series where I share my experience with beginner miners. In the previous article, we discussed how to overclock a video card in order to increase its hash rate and reduce power consumption. This time, we will learn more about mining farm locations, electrical wiring, Internet connection quality, and cooling requirements.

Choosing a Facility

When placing miners in industrial areas, pay attention to the voltage stability factor: computers are sensitive to voltage surges, which is why it’s a good idea to install a stabilizer before powering on the rigs. Powerful house appliances (such as fridges, microwaves, and high pressure washers) may cause freezing of network equipment, especially when the power grid is running at the top of its capacity.

If you are choosing an area to place your whole farm, factor in local electricity rates. Areas with large power plants tend to have lower rates. That is why large mining farms in China are usually situated in close proximity to hydroelectric power plants. The prices may also vary significantly for residential and business facilities, the latter being less cost-efficient.

Placing the Rigs

First of all, it is better not to place your rigs on the floor. The floor is where dust and moisture accumulate; besides, you may accidentally kick the rigs with your boot, so try to place the miners somewhere above the ground. That’s where IKEA comes in handy: IKEA LACK tables are a good find for the rigs, and if you want to place the computers on top of each other, consider either IVAR wooden shelves or steel FJÄLKINGE shelf units. My rigs are 800 x 400 x 240 — and they fit perfectly fine.

Configuring the Internet Connection

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