Mask stratum allows you to redirect your hashrate to one pool of your choosing. You can also define up to 2 backup pools. If the main pool is down, the hashrate will be redirected to the second pool and if the second pool is down, the hashrate will be redirected to the third pool.
Select the closest region of your mining farm. If you don't know which region is the best, use the Latency check tool.
Select the algorithm on which your machines are or will be mining.
Define the primary pool with the user, worker name, and password.
Optionally, define the second and third pool with the user, worker name, and password.
Click on the [Create stratum] button.
Your stratum will be created and you will be able to see the address to which you can connect your machines.
What to enter under pool, user, worker name, and password?
Here are some tips on how to define different Stratu.ms parameters.
Pool should be defined with full address and port. For example, bitcoin.viabtc.com:3333 or stratum+tcp://bitcoin.viabtc.com:3333
Different pool requires different user identification, so this parameter can either be the username you are using on the pool or the wallet address with which you identify on the pool.
The worker's name can be used as worker from machine, user from machine, or as defined.
Worker from machine means that the worker's name that will be forwarded to the pool is the same as defined on the ASIC dashboard or in the worker's config. For more details, you can check setup guides where we explain how to define different parameters for different ASIC manufacturers and different mining clients. When using this option each worker can have its own name just as defined in the machine's configuration.
User from machine means that the worker's name that will be forwarded to the pool is the same as user parameter defined on the ASIC dashboard or in the worker's config.
As defined will use the worker's name you defined in the User field after a dot. In this case, all workers connected to the Stratu.ms will have the same worker name.
If your pool requires setting up a password for your worker, use the exact password as defined on the pool. Some pools also allow you to pass the difficulty parameter in the password or the coin in which you want to get paid. Use the password field as defined in the pool's instructions.
In which situations can you use Mask stratum?
Mask stratum can be used in situations when you want to improve your latency and/or increase anonymity. At the same time, if the pool you are using is unstable or if you want to assure there is no downtime, Mask stratum allows you to define backup pools to save you from such situations.