MOAR MEGAHASHES — A2 Terminator by Innosilicon

If you’ve been acquainted with me for any significant amount of time you probably already know just how addicted I’ve become to reinforcing my favorite public blockchains by mining crypto currencies.

You mean to tell me that I can sit on my ass all day turning electricity and coffee into cash money; all while supporting the networks that enable this venture?

You had me at ‘sit on my ass’!

So the contents of the mysterious package that recently appeared on Facebook should come as no surprise when revealed to be a used A2 Terminator I recently snagged for half the going rate on eBay.

Ta Da!
Ta Da!

This baby is capable of churning out over 100 million Scrypt hashes every second at about twice the efficiency of an equivalent G-Blade cluster so of course I scrambled to get everything plugged in and running just as soon as I heard the FedEx guy at the door. Time IS money, as they say.

Upon first review of my DHCP server I am dissapointed to see that no new addresses have been allocated where I would expect one to be. Time to start Googling!

Awwwww...
Awwwww…

It’s just as I suspected — The previous owner set a static IP on the device which is incompatible with my network. No matter, we’ll just blow away the controller’s OS and replace it with a fresh copy!

What could go wrong?
What could go wrong?

After fumbling the SD card and having to open up the Terminator’s case to retrieve it we finally have an operational mining system.

Seriously, who the heck designed this thing? 1999 called, they want their technology back.
Seriously, who the heck designed this thing? Also – 1999 called. They want their technology back.

Upon revisiting my router and pulling the A2’s assigned IP into my browser I am met with quite possibly the UGLIEST mining controller interface I’ve ever seen in my life. However, it gets the job done and we won’t be staring at it very often so we’ll effectively paper-bag it.

Ewwwww...
Ewwwww…

I plug in the details for my new favorite mining pool along with a backup or two, hit that button to boot up CGMiner and all that’s left is to sit back, relax and hash away.

It's Alive!
It’s Alive!

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