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  • What is 'Self Hosted Solo Mining' and why is it important?
    "Self-Hosted Solo Mining" refers to the setup where you mine Bitcoin (or other cryptocurrencies) on your own, using your own mining hardware and software, without joining a mining pool run by a 3rd party. This setup runs on your personal infrastructure, meaning you're fully in control of the mining operation, from the hardware to the software and the internet connection. Here’s why it’s pretty cool: Full Rewards: When you successfully mine a block, you get the entire block reward and transaction fees, without having to share them with a pool. Given the rarity of solving a block solo, it's a high risk, high reward situation. Control and Privacy: You have complete control over your mining setup, including the choice of hardware, software, and when or how to mine. Plus, it enhances your privacy since you’re not sharing details with a pool. Contribution to Decentralization: By mining solo, you contribute to the decentralization of the Bitcoin network. Decentralization is a core ethos of Bitcoin, making the network more secure and resilient against attacks. Educational Value: Setting up and managing a self-hosted solo mining operation is a fantastic learning experience. You’ll gain a deep understanding of how Bitcoin and mining work. I want to stress, however, that you DO NOT need to self host your own mining setup. If you just want to Solo / Pool mine to a server hosted online, great! Join an online pool and enjoy. This is a personal choice! Running your own self hosted setup is a rewarding experience, knowing you are contributing to the network's integrity as well as hosting your OWN solo mining setup. That's very cool! Furthermore, when you have your Bitcoin Node sync'd and you are running your own pool, you literally have the WHOLE bitcoin network and every transaction, ever, on your own computer. That's incredibly cool!
  • What do I need to start 'Self Hosted Solo Mining'?
    Quite simply, a small computer and a 2tb SSD or equiv drive. If you are "tech savvy", you can install linux, install the Bitcoin Core and then Public-Pool. Once all of this is setup, you can start mining to your own self hosted mining pool setup. There are obviously a tonne of steps between these 3 points however it's definitely doable. However, there are some fantastic one-click(ish) installers that take care of all of this hassle for you, of which most are open source and free. A few, in no particular order: Umbrel Start9 Run.Citadel Personally, I use Umbrel. It is beautiful and it just works. You can buy a plug and play solution direct from them or you can buy yourself something like a Lenovo Thinkcentre from ebay for £100, get a new 2tb SSD, and get rolling. You can also install Umbrel on a virtual machine on your PC/Mac if you have the skills to do so. This is a screenshot from Umbrel's Web Page user Interface. It is beautifully designed and just works. This is installed on my Lenovo Thinkcentre at home. I am running my own Bitcoin Node, Public Pool Instance and other bits as you can see below. All of my miners are solo mining and pointing to my own local Public-Pool instance. This is the way.
  • Why don't you sell the computer to make this easier for me?
    Anyone can grab a computer they have laying around or purchase something from eBay and get Umbrel (or equiv') installed. As much as I REALLY want to sell turn-key solutions for self hosted mining setups, I cannot support all technical questions that will come from supplying the hardware. If you have never used Linux before, it will be a steep learning curve. If this is the case, buy a plug and play solution direct from Umbrel or equiv'. If you can install Linux then you wont need to buy a computer from me!
  • Why don't I just use an online 'Solo Pool'
    The thing to consider is what the ethos of 'Self Hosted Solo Mining' is. If you connect to any 'Solo Pool', technically, yes, you are solo mining. If you mine the block, the block reward goes to you. This is solo mining as we have grown to know it. However, the word "solo" is the important factor here. The definition of 'solo': "done by one person alone; unaccompanied.". Therefore, to be truly solo mining, you should have your own Bitcoin node and your own solo mining host running - Public-Pool for example, as previously mentioned. This way, you not only support the integrity of the network but you are also 100% in control and not relying on any 3rd party to provide the pool, etc. I will refer back to my new favourite saying: Solo Mining: Your Rigs. Your Rules.
  • What is Bitcoin Mining?
    Bitcoin mining is the process of adding new transactions to the blockchain, a public ledger of all Bitcoin transactions. This is done by using powerful computers to solve complex mathematical equations that verify the authenticity of the transactions and add them to the blockchain. Miners are rewarded with newly created bitcoins for their efforts, known as a "block". A block reward is currently 6.25 Bitcoin!
  • How do I start Bitcoin Mining?
    Getting started with The Solo Mining Co' is easy! Our plug and play bitcoin miners make the process simple and accessible for everyone. All you need to do is follow these simple steps: 1. Purchase one of our easy to use bitcoin miners from our website. 2. Connect the miner to your home wifi / ethernet network and power supply. 3. Set up a bitcoin wallet to store your earnings. 4. Configure the miner using its web interface. 5. Start mining and earn bitcoins! Our miners are designed for use in the home environment, so they are discrete, quiet and unobtrusive. You can mine bitcoin without any technical knowledge or experience. Our hardware does all the hard work for you, so you can sit back and watch your earnings grow. Join the bitcoin revolution today with The Solo Mining Co.
  • What is the difference between "Solo" and "Pool" Bitcoin mining?
    Solo mining refers to the process of an individual miner attempting to solve a block on their own. This means that they are solely responsible for finding a solution to the complex mathematical problem that is required to add a block to the blockchain. If successful, the miner is awarded the entire block reward. Pool mining, on the other hand, involves multiple miners combining their computational power to solve a block together. When a block is solved, the reward is divided among the contributing miners according to their share of the total computational power. While solo mining can potentially result in a larger reward if successful, it is also much more difficult and less predictable than pool mining. Pool mining offers a more consistent payout, but the reward is typically smaller than what a successful solo miner would receive. At The Solo Mining Co', we offer hardware specifically designed for solo mining, giving our customers the ability to take on the challenge of finding a block on their own. However, we also recognize the benefits of pool mining and provide options for our customers to switch between solo and pool mining as they see fit. All miners we sell can be used for solo or pool mining.
  • How much money will I make?
    Nowadays, to earn lots of revenue with Bitcoin mining you need lots of very large, noisy, power-hungry hardware. 14 years ago, you could mine Bitcoin with a home computer. As the Bitcoin ecosystem grew, so did the competition. As more and more people Bitcoin mine the blockchain, the "network difficulty" gets harder (every 2 weeks, by itself, in fact!). As the difficulty gets harder, you need more powerful hardware and thus the cycle continues to where we are now. 10 years ago, a single CompacF stick (good for around 300gh/s) would've earned you around $50 a day. Now, the same stick will see around $0.02 a day. This is because the network difficulty has grown exponentially and has no sign of stopping. In turn, this means hardware designers need to build bigger and faster bitcoin miners to compete. This comes at a cost. Power, heat and noise. To have a miner that generated $50 a day today would require about 24,000w of power and it would sound like a jet engine. Imagine a 2kw oil-filled heater you might have at home. Imagine 12 of them in a room, unable to have a conversation, even if shouting. It's going to get uncomfortably warm and very unpleasant very quickly. Imagine the electricity cost too... We don't all have access to a spare $3000 to burn on electricity every month powering 24kw of miners, not to mention the purchase cost of the units, AND THEN the diminishing returns with the increasing difficulty AND THEN the halving that is coming up (every 4 years the block rewards half. Currently it is 6.25btc. In March 2024, this will drop to 3.125). That's just stupid with the cost of electricity and you will never see a return. This is where the solo mining concept comes in, or "lottery mining" as it has been called of late. Solo Mining strips everything back to basics, as it was before big industrial mining farms owned a large chunk of the playing field. Having a small solo / lottery miner on your desk, doing its best to try and hit the bitcoin block may see huge rewards (of a whole bitcoin block, currently 6.25 BTC) or it may see nothing at all, it is a "lottery". Look at it as a self-renewing lottery ticket that just keeps going and going. Every time a new block is found, the Bitcoin network generates a new block and it starts all over again until the final bitcoin block is mined (sometime in the year 2140). The more power you have in your mining rigs the more chance you have of solo mining a block. For real odds of solo mining based on the current difficulty, check out to give you real-time odds based on YOUR hash rate. Note, if you want to pool mine, that's fine too. Go to to see the odds based on your hardware setup. Don't forget to factor in the cost of electricity, if you pay for it.. (Solar, wind, etc!) Check out the individual miners we sell and take into account their power usage. Most of them are the same as charging a phone. It's never to late to start mining bitcoin. Get involved!
  • Is "This One" better than "That One"?
    Choosing a Bitcoin miner depends on your personal preferences. do you give priortiy to design and looks, as well as expandability or just hardcore mining power? Is it a small unit to sit on a desk or are you going all-in and trying to hit a block? That choice is yours. The Solo Mining Co's carefully selectred range of mining hardware offers a variety of features such as customizable power settings, expandability options, and a sleek design. We recommend doing research and comparing the different options available to find the best fit for your specific situation. Any questions, just ask!
  • Can I upgrade my miner?
    That depends. Some miners - the Bitaxe Ultra for example, is a single chip standalone unit that will always have the same mining power (known as "hashrate"). The mining chip is built into the board. The GekkoScience "SmartHub", for example, is designed to be the controller at the epicentre of your mining operation and as and when new hardware comes to market, the SmartHub will support it, thus making it upgradeable.
  • How expensive is it to run my miner?
    Mining requires electricity, it's as simple as that. Different miners have different hashrates which in turn have differing power consumption. The Bitaxe Ultra pulls about 14w at the wall (about the same as a phone charging) and sits around 400 gh/s. The GekkoScience CompacF also pulls around 11w at 300gh/s. if you have 6 x CompacF sticks, multiply 11w x 6 and so on. The hardware supplied by the Solo Mining Co' has been carefully selected with power consumption in mind.
  • What do I need at home to start mining?
    Electricity and internet (wifi or ethernet, depending on the specific miner(s) you have. You also need a bitcoin wallet address. You can create a wallet very easily on bitcoin exchange or on software on your computer (such as Ledger, etc). These are suggestions. Do your own research! Also research best practices to store your bitcoin, There is a saying in the bitcoin world "Not Your Keys, Not Your Bitcoin". You do not want to lose access to your bitcoin.
  • I'm not great with computers, is this for me?
    Of course. You are browsing this website aren't you? If you can do that, you can set up one of our miners. If all fails, we will happily help!
  • Shipping
    Domestic Shipping (UK): We offer free shipping on all orders within the UK. Orders are typically processed same day and delivered within 1-3 working days. International Shipping: We ship to worldwide for a flat fee of £15. International delivery times vary based on destination. Please note that international customers are responsible for all local import duties and taxes. These charges are not included in your purchase price and can vary by country. Order Tracking: You will receive a tracking number via email once your order is dispatched. Customs, Duties, and Taxes: Customers are responsible for any local import duties, customs, and taxes. These charges are beyond our control and may vary depending on your location. Returns and Exchanges: For information on returns and exchanges, please refer to our Return Policy. Contact Us: For any shipping-related queries, please contact us at
  • What is your return policy?
    Returns: You may return unused and resalable items within 14 days for a refund. A 10% restocking fee will be deducted from the refund amount. 14-Day Fault Policy: If your unit develops a fault within 14 days of purchase and has been used within the manufacturer's specifications, we will replace it free of charge (FOC). This does not cover damage from misuse or unauthorized modifications. 6-Month Repair/Replacement: For issues arising within 6 months of purchase, we offer repair or replacement, provided the unit has been used as per manufacturer’s specifications. Customers are responsible for returning the item. This policy aligns with the UK Consumer Rights Act 2015. Proof of Purchase: Please retain your receipt as proof of purchase to validate any warranty claims. Exclusions: Our warranty does not cover damage due to misuse, unauthorized modifications, or environmental factors. Processing Time: We aim to process all returns, refunds, and repairs promptly, typically within 7 days. Original Purchaser: Refunds, returns, and repair requests are only available to the original purchaser upon presenting proof of purchase. Contact Us: For any returns or warranty claims, please contact us at

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