Pool FAQ

To get started mining on our pool go to http://arhash.xyz

 

Network Info

  • Hash Rate : This is the hash rate of the entire network
    (everyone mining Monero)
  • Block Found : This is how long ago the network found a block
    (where the rewards come from)
  • Difficulty : a measure of how difficult it is to find a hash below a given target.
  • Blockchain Height : The height of a block is the number of blocks in the chain between it and block 0.
  • Last Reward : This is how much Monero was awarded for finding the last block
  • Last Hash : Where the last block was found

Our Pool

  • Hash Rate : The hash rate of the whole pool
  • Block Found : When the last block was found from this pool
  • Connected Miners : How many addresses are mining on this pool
  • Donations : Amount of the rewards that go to the devs of the pool software and Monero
  • Total Pool Fee : How much of the rewards the pool keeps to pay
    for the server and other expenses
  • Block Found Every : An estimation of how long it will take to
    find another block with the current pool hash rate

 

Market

  • How much Bitcoin each Monero (XMR) costs
  • How much each Monero costs in US Dollars
  • How much each Monero costs in Euros

 

Estimated Profits

If you enter you hash rate in the box it will give you
an estimate of how much XMR you will earn each day

 

Stats and Payments

If you enter your wallet address in the  input
box it will give you your miners stats.

  • Pending Balance: How much you earned from the last time you were
    paid
  • Total Paid: How much XMR that has been sent to your wallet
  • Last Share Submitted : How long it has been since your mining
    client has submitted a valid share
  • Total Hashes Submitted : The total amount of hashes you have
    sent to the pool

What is a mining pool?

A mining pool is a way of being able to mine cryptocurrency quicker by multiple miners working together rather than individually.
Normally you would mine cryptocurrency from your own machine and it might take a while before you receive any currency as it might take a while before the calculations required to mine a block are completed. What the mining pool does is distribute the processing power needed to mine each block. This means that blocks can be mined quicker and the appropriate amount of currency is allocated depending on how much work your machine has put in.

How do I connect to the pool?

Start on the Getting Started page, if you want to mine with your CPU or download one of the miners at the bottom from the official GitHub release pages. If you need more help join our IRC chat from the Support page or using your own IRC client by going to irc.allripped.net/#ARHash-help. You can also submit a ticket or contact us via Email.  We have also added a forum as well.

 

Payment interval / I have been mining for a while now and I see no pending balance, when will I get paid?

Payments are made like in any other pool after each block is mined by the pool and the block matures. In smaller pools this is not literally every hour as the Payment interval only applies once a block has been unlocked. Every pool operator can set the payment interval to be done every X minutes once a block is mined and unlocked, but if no block is mined than no payment can be made because there is no block reward.

 

What is a block? How is a block mined?

A block comes from the word blockchain, originally block chain, which is a continuously growing list of records, called blocks, which are linked and secured using cryptography. Each block typically contains a hash pointer as a link to a previous block, a timestamp and transaction data. Mining blocks means finding correct solutions (hashes) that unlocks those blocks to check them for validity against previous blocks. Only blocks that are mined and have enough maturity (20 validations in our case) can have the current block reward be paid out to a pool, then the pool transfers to every miner or contributor a piece of that reward minus the fee it takes.

What is Luck?

The luck factor of a block shows you the deviation from the estimated “block found every X time” interval. In theory, if for example our pool had a constant hashing power of 1 MH/s we would (with a certain global difficulty) mine a block every X hours (estimated automatically by the pool script based on the relationship with the global network). In reality for some blocks the pool has to work harder. Think of this as a chance to throw 6 on a dice throw calculated continuously. Each hash sent by a mining computer system is an attempt to find the correct solution for each new detected block. All miners from all pools send this solution and the pool who finds it first lets all the other pools of miners know that they found it. After this, the solution needs to be confirmed or validated 20 more times by the global network for the reward to be unlocked, if during this time another pool which mined the same block perhaps 1 second sooner will have it’s mined block mature first, our block will become orphaned, or vice-versa. This rarely happens, but there is a chance of it. In practice we do not have a constant 1 MHs speed and the global network is not at a constant hashing power either, that changes difficulty all the time, so that means that our chance of finding a block every X hours does not mean we find a block every X hours, it is just an average, it might take more or less to find each block, but it averages out at around X hours long term. This works the same for all pools, big or small, only for bigger pools the estimated intervals are smaller than X hours. Bigger pools do not earn you more coins, they just pay less coins more often. The most important aspect of any pool is the latency and stability of the server, the support and dedication of the team running and maintaining it and of course the fee.

If payments are less often than on other pools do I earn less coins?

Payments in any pool are based on the number of valid shares the pool accepts. More frequent payments require more miners and do not earn you more coins since the amount of work proof you send is the same. More hashing power in a pool means blocks are mined faster – therefore payments can be made more frequently, but at the same time you get less coins from each payment. Each miner has a share and they will have to take a share of the block too. All blockchain based mining pools are designed to generate the same amount of coins for everyone, be it small or large pools. This is true only if a pool has a decent amount of hashing power in order to mine at least 1 block per day or so (because if a block takes a week to be mined it will take a lot to average out the earning rate after one or more unlucky blocks (blocks that require more effort than usual to be mined). Also a very very important condition is that the server hosting the pool should be very reliable and under a decent infrastructure like our server, sadly over 90% of all other pools are running on cheap hosting, even the big ones.

Why is my IP banned?

Just like all other pools, the software temporarily bans IP’s that send over 25-30% incorrect/invalid shares, the ban only lasts for 5 minutes. This happens mostly due to OC or miner config settings that push the hardware too hard. Other times there are connection issues either at the miner end or at the pool end, but it’s not a permanent ban, please stop/restart your miner and try again.

Why is the reported hash rate on the website oscillating so much all the time?

The website reported hash rate of any miner is not the actual hash rate of your miner, when you start mining it slowly reaches the actual miner hashrate and is going over and under your rig’s actual hash rate depending on pool and global difficulty values – it’s your rig hash rate that matters, not the reported hash rate. The difficulty changes constantly and that’s why it oscillates so much, difficulty changes because the miners, pool and global hash rate are never a constant value, people join and leave the global network all the time and there are DDOS attacks now and then making miners disconnect and stop sending hashes, plus… people use mining software which is not mining at a steady hash rate, all this affects pool and global difficulty, ergo your reported hash rate, but in the long run it averages out at around your rig’s hash rate, maybe more sometimes.

The Estimator tool “Estimate mining profits” shows me one value but I am not earning as much as it says on this pool, why?

The estimation script on the pool is the same tool everyone uses and it works like this: Based on the global network hash rate (ergo difficulty) from all the combined pools and solo miners, it estimates that you earn X number of coins per day with your inserted hashing value. The global hash rate changes all the time, it goes up and down, so the tool should not be used as a constant indication of earning X amount XMR per day. It can be used to track how much you can earn only in the present moment, but this is not in any way related to the pool. All XMR pools run the same estimator.

 

 

 

My miner suddenly stops mining now and then or I get socket error, why?

Make sure you have exceptions added in your Firewall and Antivirus, also disable any QoS or Firewall in your Router. Disable Windows Aero Effects (Win 7/8/10), make sure you have at least 16GB minimum and maximum file swap manually configured, make sure you have the latest drivers installed and switched to Compute Mode, if you have AMD GPUs make sure you patched the driver with AMD pixel clock patcher, see if this helps.

What is difficulty used for and what is the difficulty for each port?

Like most other coins and pools, the VIP pool software runs on a variable difficulty system. Difficulty is a system created in order for pool servers and overall the global network of pools of a given coin to be able to run stable, an unstable pool is bad for the global network, so nobody wants that. The pool will automatically and constantly adjust your miners difficulty based on how many hashes per second you send for one given wallet address. The pool has a target time of 100 seconds and a retarget time of 30 seconds, this means that every 30 seconds or so, the pool will adjust the difficulty for all the miners connected in order to maintain the perfect server load. Difficulty also determines the value of your shares, for example a share accepted by the pool at difficulty 1,000,000 is twice as valuable as 2 shares accepted by the pool at 500k difficulty. We do not have a fixed difficulty feature because that would be a weak point that can be exploited and affect the earnings of most miners in the pool.

What is an orphan block?

An orphaned block refers to a block that was originally accepted by the network (a part of the network, anyway) as a valid block with a valid hash and valid transactions.

Due to the physical constraints of computers and the internet, a block that is solved by a miner and contributed to the network is not instantly propagated to the rest of the network. At the minimum, it could take several seconds for data to transfer around the world. Due to this potential time lag, two miners may effectively simultaneously solve the same block. There will be nodes geographically closer to miner A than miner B, and vice versa, so the network will be temporarily split into two very similar but different chains, as the nodes broadcast to one another what they believe to be the most recently mined block.

Eventually, one of the two chains will demonstrably have a greater proof-of-work than the other, and the nodes on the other chain will update/reorganize their blockchain records/database accordingly and begin to only accept transactions on the chain with the greater proof-of-work.

Orphaned blocks are the legitimate blocks of the chain that lost out to the chain with a greater proof-of-work.
If a transaction was reflected on the ‘B’ chain, in an orphaned block, but not the ‘A’ chain, then once the network subsequently is fully on the ‘A’ chain, that transaction from the B chain will revert to being unspent (or will have been subsequently mined on the ‘A’ chain). Spent outputs do not get lost on a ‘B’ chain, since the history of any ‘B’ chain spends is effectively erased once the network accepts the ‘A’ chain.
(Note, I used ‘A’ and ‘B’ for example purposes only, with ‘A’ as the chain that ends up being the “true” chain, as demonstrated by its greater proof-of-work.)