AntRouter R1 Bitcoin Mining Router and Smartphone Charger

AntRouter R1 is a portable wireless router that also solo mines bitcoin. Developed by Bitmain details have leaked of the new internet appliance which is not yet available for sale.

AntRouter R1

Questions and answers about the new AntRouter R1 were posted on a page at www.antpool.com that was briefly linked to the user homepage yesterday. The link has been taken down but the AntRouter R1 information page can still be accessed directly after logging in to your Bitmain account.

Q:How can I keep my AntRouter working?
A:Keep AntRouter power-on and online, AntRouter can not work without internet access.

Q:Will AntRouter waste energy?
A:Router’s rated power is only 2W, Its consumption is negligible.

Q:It is the same with a normal router?
A:They are the same except AntRouter can mine bitcoin. AntRouter has 3 operating modes: AP, PPPOE, and USB charger.

Q:If I dug bitcoin, how much is the profit?
A:The profit AntRouter can make is a whole “block”, which includes all 25-26 bitcoins output from it.

Q:How to get my bitcoins withdrew?
A:Your profit will be saved in your account, we’ll make a telephone contact to help you withdraw your bitcoins after you dug them.

Bitmain provides more information in the AntRouter R1 Terms Of Use:

AntRouter is a portable router (the “Product”) with the function of digital coin mining, designed, developed and produced by Bitmain Technologies Limited (“Bitmain”). You should read carefully all the materials related to the Product, including but not limited to Terms of Use (the “Terms”), the product instructions before purchasing and using the Service. Once you use the Product, You are deemed to fully understand and recognize the Terms and other materials, to agree and abide by the Terms and the instructions.

1. Product Use

1.1The Product is a plug-and-play portable router, which need to be connected with internet cable and powered on to act as a wireless router.

1.2 The Product is also a Bitcoin mining device, which you just need to login and bind your AntPool account with the Product in accordance with the instructions.

1.3 The Product is also a charger, which need to insert a USB wire in and connected with your cellphone.

1.4 You shall bear all relating costs incurred in the product use, including but not limited to electric bill and internet access fee.

1.5 The internet signal intensity is influenced by wall and furniture layout, indoor air temperature and humidity, electromagnetic environment, the internet connection speed is determined by telecommunication network provided by the telecommunications operators, and the output of Bitcoin is determined by the Bitcoin rules. The internet signal intensity, connection speed and Bitcoin output are estimation based the idealized model, which is not a promise to you.

2. After-Sale Service

2.1 Bitmain warrants for a repairs period of ninety (90) days from the date of sale (“the date of lodgment“) (the “Warranty Period”). Bitmain assumes no liability for aforementioned warranty claims if the claims result solely from your misuse, negligence, improper installation or unauthorized attempt to repair the parts.

2.2 The repair cost, spare parts cost in the after-sale service will be borne by Bitmain. You shall be responsible for the delivery cost for sending and accepting the Product.

2.3 You shall contact Bitmain’s after-sale person, provide the invoice, receipt, and/or other purchasing certificate before enjoying the after-sale service.

3. Data Security

3.1 You shall use the Product with secure device and internet connectivity, and protect your account information. You shall be responsible for the loss caused by your unsafe use of the Product and information leak.

4. Limitation of Warranty and Liability

4.1 To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, Bitmain disclaims all other warranties and representations, express or implied, including but not limited to any implied warranty of availability, reliability, correctness, completeness, suitability, no virus.

4.2 To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, Bitmain shall not be responsible for any incidental, indirect, special or consequential damages or claims (including but not limited to any responsibility arising out of personal injury, private information leak, failure to exercise reasonable care, and compensation for damages caused by negligence or any other pecuniary loss).

5. Miscellaneous

5.1 The formation, execution, performance, interpretation and dispute resolution of the Terms shall be governed by the laws of the People’s Republic of China (not including the law of conflict), without respect to its conflict of laws principles.

5.2 Any dispute or controversy related to this agreement or the performance thereof shall be solved firstly by mutual and amiable ne gotiation; if no agreement is reached, the dispute or controversy shall be brought to the people’s court with jurisdiction of the place where Bitmain is located.

5.3 Bitmain’s failure to exercise or delay in exercising any right, power or privilege under theTerms shall not operate as a waiver; nor shall any single or partial exercise of any right, power or privilege preclude any other or further exercise thereof.

5.4 If any provision of the Terms is found to be partly or fully invalid or otherwise unenforceable by any reason, the remaining provisions of the Terms remain in full force and effect.

Price and date when the AntRouter R1 will be available for sale are not known yet. If Bitmain can sell the AntRouter R1 for a price of $50 to $100 the ability to also solo mine bitcoin should make it a hot seller. We speculate that the mining role of the router will be similar to a Bitmain Antminer U3. The U3 uses 4 of Bitmain’s latest generation BM1382 chips, costs $20 and mines at 63 GH/s.

Since there is no fan for the AntRouter R1 it probably only contains one chip solo mining at about 15 GH/s. Your chances of solo mining a bitcoin block would be comparable to winning the lottery. Maybe better. In any event if the price is right using the AntRouter R1 would make an easy introduction to bitcoin mining with the convenience of a portable wireless router. It would be a great gift for any bitcoin enthusiast.

Update 28 September

Bitmain seems to be closer to listing the AntRouter R1 for sale. This listing popped up today on www.bitmaintech.com:

AntRouter R1 Internal Sale

AntRouter Now On Sale

The AntRouter is now available to order here and will ship October 8. Cost is $29 plus $1 for a US AC plug adaptor. Shipping is $29 to $35 depending on courier (DHL, UPS or Fedex.) Payment by Bitcoin or USD wire transfer only.

Here is a photo with features:

AntRouter R1 Photo

Most interesting to us is the ability to connect an inexpensive AntMiner U3 miner. For more information you can visit the official AntRouter R1 thread at the Bitcoin Forum.

At present you can not order the AntRouter R1 directly from Bitmain (out of stock.) However, you can still buy from Amazon for $53.99 with free shipping using this link.

  • Neil B

    The BM1382 chip draws around 9W to mine at 15GH/s. Good luck with 2W.

    • It is fun to speculate but until Bitmain publishes specifications we will not know for sure what chip is used in the AntRouter.

      • specs here: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1156770.0. @Neil, it’s 7W, not the end of the world. I’m sure they’ve got the overhead for those. I’d like to see them offer a firmware on the router that issues dchp leases in exchange for BTC payments = sublease your internet to the world.

  • LOL – more for saying “I an mining with this…” than anything

  • The internal listing published today at bitmaintech.com shows the speed of the AntRouter R1 as 5.5 GH/s.