In this article, we explain all actions that are possible in our Dashboard in detail.
Every command can take some time to run! The miner software is quite busy doing lots of things, so after you click on a button, please be patient. As soon as you click a button, the command runs in the background - do NOT click again until something is presented to you, as the Helium miner software is now gathering the data that it wants to present to you. If nothing shows up after 10 minutes, you can restart the command action again.
- Description: Shows P2P Information about the Miner. This command is the equivalent to executing "miner info p2p" in the Docker container of Helium's miner software.
- Typical command runtime: 1-5 seconds
|connected||yes, no||Is it connected to the net?|
|dialable||yes, no||Is it dialable to the net?|
|nat_type||none, restricted, symetric||If you see none and in cases of VPNs or fixed IPs symetric, then your miner is not relayed (which is good)|
|height||number (e.g. 1260404)||The current miner height|
- Description: This command is the equivalent to executing "miner info summary" in the Docker container of Helium's miner software.
- Typical command runtime: 5-30 seconds, sometimes longer if software is very busy
|miner name||3-words-name (e.g. zany-coconut-corgi)||This is the 3 words name of your miner, as you can see it in the App and Explorer.|
|block age||number (e.g. 214)||Age of block (more info on https://docs.helium.com/blockchain)|
|epoch||number (e.g. 33524)||An epoch is the target time period for which a given group of Validators is elected to serve as the consensus group. The target time for an epoch is currently 30 blocks, as defined in the election_interval chain variable.|
|height||number (e.g. 1260404)||The current network height (https://docs.helium.com/blockchain)|
|sync height||number (e.g. 1260404)||The current miner height (https://docs.helium.com/blockchain)|
|uptime||X Days, X Hours, X Minutes, X Seconds||The time since the Helium miner software is running.|
|peer book size||number (e.g. 42768)||The peer book size (https://docs.helium.com/blockchain)|
|gateway details||encoded location of hotspot
& owner address
|Gateway location: encoded location coordinates of hotspot
Owner address: the wallet address of the hotspot owner
|firmware_version||text and numbers||The current Helium miner software version (DISTRIB_RELEASE) and a few other irrelevant data|
- Description: Will update the firmware version of the Helium miner software, if it is needed (if miner is on latest version, it will not do an update).
- Typical command runtime: 1-5 minutes (sometimes longer, depending on internet connection and stability)
- Description: You can also force an Instasync directly from the dashboard, there is an action button for that. But this is not recommended in the first days of use. Please check the cases below to learn when to use Instasync.
- Typical command runtime: 3-15 minutes (sometimes longer, depending on internet connection and stability. DON'T touch the dashboard until instasync is finished and it gives you an output!)
Cases where Instasync should be used
- If you unplugged your Hotspot and plugged it back again and it is not synced after 4 hours
Reminder: Your internet connection could also be an issue here! Please double-check that your internet connection is okay and if possible, use the most direct connection to your internet router as possible.
- If your internet connection was lost for 2 hours or more
Cases where Instasync should NOT be used
- If you started your Hotspot for the first time. The Hotspot will do an instasync on its own, and forcing it can lead to problems.
- If the Hotspot Height is 200 blocks or less behind the Helium Block Height.
- Description: This will restart the Helium miner container (not the Hotspot completely, just the miner container) and should only be used by users who know what they are doing and why they are doing it. It can be helpful to get the miner unstuck.
- Typical command runtime: 1-3 minutes; after command has run, it can take up to 15 minutes until dashboard actions are working again and correct data is shown! Don't do anything else for 15 minutes after you pressed this command.
- Description: This command restarts the hotspots physically, same as you would plug out your hotspot out of power and plug it back in again. This is just safer and easier for the SD card, than resetting it by force by plugging the cable.
- Typical command runtime: 5 minutes; after command has run, it can take up to 15 minutes until dashboard actions are working again and correct data is shown! Don't do anything else for 15 minutes after you pressed this command.
- Description: This command shuts the hotspot off, like pressing the power-off-button on a computer or other device. The next time you plug it out and in again of power, it will reboot. This command is usually done when you want to move your hotspot to another location and want to shut it down safely.
- Typical command runtime: a few seconds; after running this command, you can plug out your hotspot safely.
Clear Miner Data
- Description: This command fully clears blockchain cache and resets the Helium miner software. This command is usually done when the SD card is almost full (which will be done automatically if your SD card reaches roughly 90% and you just need to force it if it goes over this limit). Also, this can be run when the Helium miner software is not running correctly after a few days. Please use this command with care, especially don't use it if you feel that your earnings are low or something similar.
- Typical command runtime: 3-30 minutes; after command has run, please don't touch your miner for 60 minutes! Afterwards, it can take multiple hours until your hotspot is fully synced again. DO NOT use instasync after running this command for at least 24 hours!
- Description: Changes the password of the Diagnostics Dashboard.
- Typical command runtime: a few seconds
- Description: Logs you out of the Diagnostics Dashboard
- Typical command runtime: a few seconds
Miner Console Log & Miner Error Log (Beta)
- Description: Shows you logs of your miner, equivalent to reading the data from /var/data/log/console.log and error.log in the Docker miner container. Only for advanced users who can understand and interpret the data presented. This feature is still in Beta and can sometimes not work correctly (not displaying logs, etc.).
- Typical command runtime: until you close the window