How to Mine Firo

A guide to mining the privacy-centric digital currency.

JCTheMiner JCTheMiner

Firo is an undervalued innovator in blockchain privacy technologies such as Sigma and Lelantus. Securing its network of transactions requires miners to perform work and in exchange, miners are rewarded with new Firo. This is a guide and interactive tool to help you get started as a miner.

Table of Contents

Wallet

You will need to have a wallet address so that you can receive your earnings from the pool.

You can generate an address in your Firo wallet. If you don't have a wallet yet, you can download one from the official Firo website.

The wallet does not need to be online or even on the same computer as your mining software in order to receive payments.

Hardware

Mining is performed using PC computers. Firo uses the MTP mining algorithm which works on CPU’s and graphics cards but is most efficient on graphics cards. The best graphics card for mining with MTP is Nvidia, which has the better hash rate performance.

Memory

MTP cannot be mined with graphics cards that have less than 6GB of memory.

Windows graphics card rigs may need to increase the Page File size. A general rule of thumb is at least 6GB of Page File for each card in addition to whatever is required for the system's normal operation.

CPU miners will need about 4-5GB of free memory per CPU core.

Power

MTP is known to be power-hungry. Proper wiring and adequate power supply are essential. The amount of power required varies by card and number of cards.

Network

The MTP algorithm uses a lot of bandwidth. Networks that may work fine for other mining algorithms may show their limitations with MTP.

Keep in mind that you can expect to use almost 1 gigabyte of bandwidth per day while mining MTP.

Software

You will need to download Firo compatible mining software. Choose which software you would like to download after first selecting your hardware and operating system. Go to the publisher's page to download or use one of the direct downloads if available.

Sometimes there may be more than one download for additional compatibility parameters such as video driver version.

Place the downloaded executables into a new folder in a convenient location. Software that downloads in "zip" files will need to be extracted.

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Direct Downloads

Antivirus

Since mining software is often included in malware, it is likely that some mining software you download will be flagged and/or removed by your antivirus. You may need to create exceptions.

Additional Information

Be sure to read any text/readme files included with your download for additional information not included in this guide. There could also be additional notices and information on the publisher's website.

Start Script

A start script will help you run the miner with the correct arguments without having to type them in each time.

The tool below will help you create a start script that will connect you to the Firo pool using the software you selected above.

  • Wallet - Be sure to replace the example wallet address with your own.
  • Worker - Optional. Name your rig so it can be identified in the dashboard separate from your other named rigs.
  • Password - Set the password used to change your minimum payout and schedule from the dashboard.
  • Stratum - The geographical stratum to connect to. "Auto" is fine in most cases.
  • Port - Choose a port based on the speed of your mining rig. A 4+ card worker will generally be considered fast.
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Algorithm {{minerAlgoName}}
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Auto Restart on Crash
REM {{$$coin.displayName}}
REM {{softwareName}}
REM {{hardware}}
REM Dashboard at https://mintpond.com/#!/{{$$coin.name}}:{{wallet}}
:start
    {{cli}}
    TIMEOUT 10
GOTO startREM {{$$coin.displayName}}
REM {{softwareName}}
REM {{hardware}}
REM Dashboard at https://mintpond.com/#!/{{$$coin.name}}:{{wallet}}
{{cli}}
PAUSE#{{$$coin.displayName}}
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#Dashboard at https://mintpond.com/#!/{{$$coin.name}}:{{wallet}}
while :
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Copy Download

After you've filled out the form above you can then copy and paste the script into a new text file named "{{scriptName}}" or download it as a file. Make sure to place the script in the same folder as the mining program you downloaded and ensure the file extension for Windows scripts is ".bat" (".txt" will not work)

Once you have the script setup you can run it like a program to start the miner.

Additional Resources

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