Once you get Ethereum mining hardware, your next step is to decide on which Ethereum mining pool you’ll join.
A mining pool helps you get more frequent payouts rather than only getting paid when you solve an Ether block.
Note that mining has a lot of up-front costs, and if you just want Ether than it’s usually a better idea to just buy Ethereum.
You’ll also need Ethereum mining software to point your hardware towards your selected pool. And, an Ethereum wallet to receive payouts to.
We’ve listed the top pools in order of hash rate share according to Etherchain:
Just a note about pools:
The pools below are mining pools. This means you need to own mining hardware. If you want another company to mine for you you need cloud mining.
They are currently the largest Ether mining pool with about 25% of the network’s hash rate.
F2pool is also a Bitcoin mining pool. Its Ether mining pool appears to only be available in Chinese, so this is not a good option for most of our readers.
DwarfPool is the third largest Ethereum mining pool with about 13% of the network’s hash rate. In addition to Ether you can mine a bunch of other currencies like Monero and Dash.
ethfans is another Chinese pool with about 8.6% of the network hash rate.
If you just want ether, mining is NOT the best way to obtain coins.
Buying ether is the EASIEST and FASTEST way to get ether.
Get $10 worth of free ether when you buy $100 or more at Coinbase.
This section will answer common questions about Ethereum pools.
All of the pools are pretty good and ideally you will just want to choose one that is reliable, has low fees, and has a server near you.
No, Ethereum mining pools and Bitcoin mining pools are completely different!
You can check in your Ether mining software that you are really being paid according to your shares contributed.