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Welcome to a step-by-step guide on the upgrading of the Bitmain L3 Plus Plus from the stock firmware to Hive OS’s firmware. The Bitmain L3 Plus Plus, as you might already know, is a script miner used for mining Doge and Litecoin. But why upgrade the firmware and why Hive OS? Well, Hive OS’s firmware not only allows you to monitor the miner, but it also has features that make the miner more efficient and use less wattage.
A few things will be required for the upgrade. To start with, you’ll need a USB adapter with different card slots, including an SD card or a Micro SD card. This adapter will help you plug the USB into your computer to flash and access the files on your SD card.
The second item on the required list is an SD card. For Bitmain L3 Plus Plus, you need a card under 32 gigabytes in capacity for this upgrade. Remember to have the SD card and adapter ready before beginning the upgrade process.
Understanding Bitmain L3 Plus Plus
The Bitmain L3 Plus Plus has an 8-gigabyte SD card. There’s a control unit which carries multiple hash boards along with two fans to cool down the system. The control unit has an SD card slot that we’ll use for the upgrade. Besides this, the L3 Plus Plus comes with a Bitmain power supply unit, which is fairly quieter than most others in the market.
Upgrading to Hive OS’s Firmware
The first part of the upgrade will involve unplugging the fans and the cables running into the control board from the hash boards.
The second step is to undo the screws at the front and carefully pull out the control board to access the SD card slot.
How to Flash Firmware
Locate the SD card on your computer and format it to FAT32. After that, you will download the required ASIC firmware from hiveon.com. Extract the downloaded firmware and copy it onto the SD card. You have now successfully flashed the Hive OS firmware on your SD card.
Insert the SD card into the control board, ensuring the gold pins face upwards. Then, plug in the power supply. Remember not to plug the ethernet cable in just yet.
Jump on to your computer and locate the IP address of your miner. Load the IP address on your browser, and you’ll notice the firmware change.
You can now disassemble the control board, re-attach the fans and the hash boards, and then reassemble the L3++. Connect your L3++ to the power supply and, finally, the ethernet cable.
Move on to your Hive OS account and attach the L3++ miner to the account using the “farm hash”. You can find the “farm hash” in the setting section of your Hive OS account, right beside the rig list.
Return to the IP address of your miner on your browser and click on Hive OS. Insert the “farm hash” and click on “apply”.
Result of Upgrading
You will now find the miner listed on your Hive account. Keep in mind that initially, the miner will mine to the default Hive OS wallet. To change this, simply create a new flight sheet indicating the wallet, miner, and the pool of your preference.
Under the overclocking tab, you can set it to 504 Mega hash at 660 watts, which is a huge win compared to 580 Mega hash at 942 watts.
So to sum it up, upgrading your Bitmain L3 Plus Plus with Hive OS’s firmware is extremely beneficial and easy with this step-by-step guide. You get the advantage of central management and efficient mining. If this guide was beneficial for you, consider subscribing for more comprehensive guides and leave a comment with any queries or suggestions for future guides. Happy mining!