The AntRouter R1 is a wireless networking device containing a bitcoin mining chip. It is not as powerful as a regular bitcoin miner but, as long as the device is setup correctly and powered on, you are competing for a chance to solve a block and win the block reward of 12.5 Bitcoins (minus the 1% pool fee) every 10 minutes!
The R1 is preconfigured to mine on AntPool’s solo mode.
The R1 has multiple functions:
1. General Wireless Router
Keep the R1 plugged in at home for use as a standard wireless router, keeping your phones and computers connected to the internet at home or at the office.
2. High Speed USB Charger
Using a USB cable, connect your mobile device to the R1 to charge it. Android phones, iPhones, and tablets are supported.
3. Mini WiFi Access Point
Connect your R1 to a router, hub, or any available internet access with cable, and R1 can turn cabled internet access into wireless. This is the default operation mode of R1.
4. Bitcoin Mining Host
The R1 can also be used as a controller to manage and run several AntMiner U3s. Connecting your U3 to the AntRouter R1 via a USB hub eliminates the need to keep the U3 plugged into your computer.