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Hotspot Miners?

Just came across the RAK Hotspot Miner. Is anyone using this to mine HNT in their homes? Any recommendations for or against from the community would be appreciated!

[RAK Hotspot Miner](https://www.calchipconnect.com/products/rak-hotspot-miner)



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  1. I ROI’d in a week, but that was a little under a year ago; things are considerably different now. The reward (“mining”) pool is fixed, and as the number of hotspots on the network grow, the percent available for each hotspot (“miner”) shrinks. The token value has grown considerably to compensate, so there’s still plenty of potential. As always, YMMV.

    The hotspots are nearly maintenance free, just keep them powered (low draw – similar to a Raspberry Pi) and connected to Internet. Bandwidth and throughput are not insignificant, but you probably won’t even notice they’re on your network. External mounting of antenna, and/or hotspot obviously adds a bit of complexity, but there are vendors specifically making outdoor rated units that make this much easier.

    Development is “community driven” and most of it is proper open source, but most of the activity comes from Helium (company) employees, so it’s not as much of a “developer community” compared to other completely open projects, as it is an “open forum” with lots of community input but somewhat central development.

    Additionally, though the project does operate in a decentralized way with deterministic rewards, there is a central authority controlling which devices can ultimately ‘mine,’ and somewhat controlling which devices can use the network. There are a lot of layers and not all are “open” in a traditional sense. The trade off to giving Helium (the company) this control is gaining a central, trusted player for evangelization and development. End of day, it’s built in that for the company to benefit, so does the network, so really no risk of abandonment or exit unless the project itself (widespread LoRaWANN adoption) fails.

    Unfortunately hotspots are in high demand, so shipping times are lengthy, and projected dates are often missed by a month or two. To my knowledge, none of the vendors have ultimately failed to deliver on preorders, but plan to wait a while to receive your order. Alternately, eBay has scalpers hocking units at 10x premiums. A group of new vendors (Helium the company used to be the only source, now there are four or five) was approved recently, and I’m sure others will jump on board.

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