If you’re relatively new to cryptocurrency mining, you might realize after getting your rig up and running that it would be pretty nice to be able to control it remotely. If you need to reboot your rig, enter a command in your mining software to change settings, or just shut down the rig remotely in case of emergency, there are several techniques you might want to take advantage of: remote control software, smart plugs, AC power recovery, and wake on LAN. Let’s walk through them…
Remote control software
The first and most essential piece of software — after you get your graphics card drivers and mining software running, of course — is some kind of remote control software. This will allow you to control things like Claymore’s, your rig fans, other settings on your PC, and pretty much anything else from another computer — or even your smartphone or tablet.
One of the best options for free remote control software is a tool called TeamViewer. You can download it for free from the TeamViewer website, and setting it up is pretty self-explanatory. If you want to be able to access all of your rigs from a phone or another computer without having access to constantly-changing access codes, you’ll need to get a TeamViewer account and link your machines.
That’s free, though, and it’s a pretty simple process to set up. Once you have everything configured for remote access, all you have to do is login to your TeamViewer account on another device, make sure your rig is on (and online), and connect. From there, you’ll have virtual access to the desktop, as well as things like rebooting, shutting down, your Claymore’s instance, and everything else.
A smart plug can come in handy because it can provide a way to easily shut down your rig remotely if you ever have some kind of irrecoverable problem. Many who keep their rigs in their home might be concerned about fires for instance, and if your rig is frozen because of a hardware malfunction, you might not have the ability — or time — to use TeamViewer to shut things down.
With a smart plug, all you need is a constant internet connection and your smart plug set up in its respective mobile app. This way, if you absolutely need to hard shut down your rig, you can just open up the app for your smart plug and tap the power button.
There are several great options for smart plugs, but we recommend high-quality models from known manufacturers to prevent adding yet another failure point (or a chance of fire. The following solutions should work just fine on a rig with 4-6 graphics cards assuming you aren’t doing anything crazy. Both of them are rated at 15 amps and 1800 watts, so they should be well within safe ranges.
AC Power Recovery
One of the above smart plugs in combination with the “AC power recovery” option in the BIOS for you motherboard can be a powerful combination. Many motherboards allow you to boot the PC automatically if the PSU detects that AC power has been restored after an outage. This, in combination with a smart plug, means that you can remotely turn off and on your PC at the wall level from a smartphone app.
Of course, using an app like Team Viewer allows you to shut down the PC. But what happens if your PC shuts down for one reason or another (which is bound to happen with mining, trust me!) and you aren’t able to boot again because you don’t have physical access to the PC? With AC Power Recovery, you can power cycle the smart plug and the desktop PC will see that as recovered AC power and boot up.
From there, TeamViewer can be set up to start on boot so that if your PC has internet access, you’ll be able to reach the login page from your smartphone.
Wake on LAN
Finally, many PC motherboards and operating systems offer a “wake on LAN” option, which allows the computer to be booted when it receives a network message. This feature is also available through the aforementioned TeamViewer application, although it’s somewhat complicated to set up if you’re trying to turn on the PC from a fully shut down state remotely. If you want to try Wake on LAN, you can follow TeamViewer’s guide or a more comprehensive guide on HowtoGeek.