Days after we learned that Canaan, the world’s second largest manufacturer of mining equipment, plans to sell a TV set that doubles as a cryptocurrency mining rig, Bitmain, the leading mining hardware producer, has put forward its offer in the new market for home mining appliances. We also have a crypto-heater already available, remember?
Crypto enthusiasts and amateur miners may accept the product with a smile, realizing it’s not about the profits but the cool idea. Bitmain announced on social media this week it’s releasing two Wi-Fi routers capable of mining cryptocurrencies. The devices, Antrouter R3-DASH and Antrouter R3-SIA, are designed to mint dash (DASH) and siacoin (SC).
The dual-function routers are models from Bitmain’s R3 series of products. They can be bought with cryptocurrency – bitcoin core (BTC), bitcoin cash (BCH) and litecoin (LTC). The first batch comes at a special price – $58 USD.
The company promises to ship the ordered machines within 10 working days after full payment. Once connected to the internet, the routers will immediately start mining crypto in Bitmain’s Antpool. Every buyer will also have a personal Bitmain account set up at the time of purchase in order to check their mining status.
According to its product page, Antrouter R3-DASH has been designed and tested to mine only dash. Bitmain notes, however, that it’s possible to use it to mine other X11 coins, but the performance and the efficiency of the device are not guaranteed in such cases. R3-DASH maintains a hashrate of 300M/s ± 5% and consumes 24.37W of electricity.
The other offer, the R3-SIA router is designed and tested to mine siacoin but is also capable of minting other blake2b coins, again under the same disclaimer regarding the performance and the efficiency guaranteed by the manufacturer. It comes with a hashrate of 11.54G/s ± 5% and 22.6W of energy consumption. Both devices weigh 0.6kg.
Bitmain is the world’s largest mining company and producer of mining equipment including the ASIC chips used in bitcoin mining. The Chinese behemoth is valued at $14 billion and has reported a profit of $1.1 billion USD in the first quarter of this year.
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