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There is yet another new mining pool for Ethereum’s Ether (ETH) coins that you can try, this is what seems to be the fourth one we know about and the third alternative to ethpool. Ethereumpool is with very simple web interface for the moment, but the pool itself does seem to be working pretty well and it comes with user control over difficulty, so it is suitable even for low hashrate CPU mining users. Like with other new mining pools for Ethereum this one is also in beta with a pool fee of 3% while the pool is under development, but the fee should be lowered. The payout method is proportional, though for the moment the pool stats does not report the number of shares submitted by the user as well as the total number of shares for the current block being solved. We do recommend you give the pool a try as although the web interface part is simple as we’ve said the pools seems to work really good for the moment, if you are new to pool mining you can try with our Quick Guide on How to Mine Ethereum on Windows to get started with this new pool.

Getting started with Ethereumpool:
ethminer -F http://ethereumpool.co/?miner=20@0x683feddafc2a8542744a4587de0c45626d7b8e68 -G

The above command line is an example you can use to get started mining with ethminer at Ethereumpool, you just need to replace the wallet address with your own Ethereum wallet and the default hashrate value of 20 (suitable for a single high-end GPU such as Radeon 280X) to the respective hashrate of your mining rig and you are ready to go. The above line is for mining using the OpenCL version of ethminer, for using the CUDA fork you need to replace the parameter -G with -U and you should be ready to go.

To check out the new Ethereum mining pool Ethereumpool (in development stage)…

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It seems that now we have another mining pool for Ethereum available, what seems to be the third one actually. The new pool ETH Nanopool is also in a testing phase with a zero pool fee while in testing period and 0.01 Ether fee per payout with payouts made 2 times a day, the payout scheme used is PPLNS. Do note that there could be issues with this pool while it is in beta testing stage, so you might want to spread your hashrate between the two currently open for new miners pools and maybe even solo mining. Ethminer works just fine with this pool and you can use our Quick Guide on How to Mine Ethereum on Windows to get started with this new pool. There is one important different that ETH Nanopool has compared to the other two mining pools already available and that is the lack of user setting for the difficulty. This should not be much of a problem for people with more hashrate, however for users with less hashpower this pool might not be a very good place to try to mine Ehther (ETH) coins.

Getting started with Nanopool:
ethminer -F http://eth1.nanopool.org:8888/0x683feddafc2a8542744a4587de0c45626d7b8e68 -G

The above command line is an example you can use to get started mining with ethminer at Nanopool, you just need to replace the wallet address with your own Ethereum wallet. Since this pools does not support user setting for the mining hashrate (share difficulty) there is no parameter used for that in the ethminer command line, as a result it is not very suitable for miners with low hashrate as the default difficult may be too high. The above line is for mining using the OpenCL version of ethminer, for using the CUDA fork you need to replace the parameter -G with -U and you should be ready to go.

To check out the new Ethereum mining pool ETH Nanopool (in beta stage)…

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Blockchain explorers are a very useful tools for any crypto currency as the allow you to follow transactions and diagnose any possible problems when you are sending some coins or should be receiving them. You can also keep track of blocks that have been solved so far and other useful statistical information such as the accounts with the most coins in them and so on. With Ethereum things have been very active since the launch of the Frontier release at the end of last month and the network transactions actually starting to work a few days later. We already have a couple of useful Ethereum blockchain explorers that might be handy for anyone mining Ether (ETH) or willing to do so in the future, or if just interested on how things are progressing with the Ethereum network. Below is a list of Ethereum blockchain explorers that you might want to try out and see which one works best for you and has all of the information that you may need from such a service:

Etherchain
Etherscan
Etherapps
Ethercamp

We are using most of the time the Etherchain blockchain explorer, however the others do have some interesting features as well that might be useful at times, so we do recommend checking them all as we’ll probably see more similar services becoming available as well.


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