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Batch 1 Xa-Miners are shipping and while a more detailed guide is in the works, this ‘quickstart’ version will get your new Xa-Miner up and running today!
Note: You do not access the Xa-Miner directly by plugging a monitor, mouse or keyboard into it. You might never need to access your Xa-Miner directly, as nearly everything can be handled from the web interface. Users will only need to access the device directly when they need tech support for the unit.
Once your Xa-Miner is out of the box, your first steps will be to plug in an ethernet cable to port 1 (see arrow above) and plug the power adapter in.
You will then turn on the unit by pressing the power button.
The Xa-Miner is truly a plug and play device. However, there are a few ‘technical’ steps that need to be undertaken now that the device is powered up and connected to the internet.
You will need to find your Xa-Miner’s IP address. This can be done a number of ways.
You can log into your router and find the Xa-Miner in the device list. The hostname is set to localhost, so it should be easy to find.
You can also use an IP scanner as well. There are several free ones available like Angry IP Scanner.
Once you have your Xa-Miner’s IP address, you will need to know how to forward, or open, ports 4282 and 4283 on your router for that address. How this is done depends on your type of router.
It’s usually under the advanced settings in your router’s menu. Commonly it’s located under the WAN or Firewall settings. Once there, forward ports 4282 and 4283 (TCP protocol) for your Xa-Miner’s IP address.
A good site to learn more about this is portforward.com. There are thousands of routers and interfaces, but they all share common info. If you’re having trouble with port forwarding, feel free to visit the #tech-support channel in our Discord.
If you’ve managed to get this far, the hardest part of the setup is now done!
Setting up your Xa-Miner
From a phone, tablet or computer enter your Xa-Miner’s IP address in your browser. You will see the screen above. After you ‘click’ to continue, there could be a short delay as your unit will sync with the blockchain.
You will then be given your Xa-Miner’s wallet seed. This seed is very important and should be copied and stored in a safe place. If you ever have a device failure, this seed will allow you to access the wallet associated with it.
Enter your email to receive notifications and to register your device.
Now you will set your port numbers. If this is your first Xa-Miner, you will use the default ports of 4282 and 4283 that you forwarded in the previous steps. If you have multiple Xa-Miners (or other host instances), you will have to choose different port numbers.
That’s it! Your Xa-Miner should be up and running on the network now. It’s that easy! Please keep in mind this is just a ‘quickstart’ guide. A more detailed guide on how to use the UI interface will be released soon.
When a customer finishes entering the information in the first two screens, a 1SCP transaction will hit their wallet to Announce the Storage Provider to the network.
If your unit qualified for a Rebate, after a successful Provider announcement to the network (may take up to an hour), the first installment of the Rebate will be sent to the Xa-Miner wallet. These funds should stay in the wallet as they are required to build collateral for storage contracts.
If your unit did not qualify for a Rebate, you will need to send funds to the address on the Xa-Miner main screen for collateral.
Things to know
A few final points about the Xa-Miner.
- As mentioned above, you do not need to plug anything into the unit besides an ethernet cable and power adapter. The unit is accessed via a Web UI through your PC, phone or tablet’s browser.
- Drive drawers should only be removed in case of tech support recommendation or clear failure from the stats pages. Drives are ordered vertically (Drive 1–4 from the top). If you change out the drives you may lose any rebates available to you and may also void the warranty.
- Front USB ports are inactive, rear are functional. The system has a backup to USB function for metadata. In normal operation, the folder is being backed up on the system drive with snapshots. It is not redundant but provides a copy in case of file corruption. We’ll add redundancy later on.
- PSU is compatible in North America, Latam, EU and perhaps others. May need an adapter for the local plugs.
- There are no user serviceable parts, all repairs must be performed at our facilities.
If you have any further questions or concerns please visit the #tech-support channel in the ScPrime Discord.