It’s time to check back in with the folks from ZeusMiner. As they have posted a new weekly update, let’s take a look at what news they have to report. It appears as if batch 1 orders are almost all shipped out, so what can we expect next?
Batch 1 Order Shipping
As the report was published two days ago, the ZeusMiner team had roughly 400 orders left to ship, taking them up to order number 2,050. All in all a very impressive amount of batch 1 order if you ask me, considering all of the drama we’ve seen in regards to other ASIC companies.
For people whose orders have been shipped, but experienced delays with UPS and/or DHL fear no longer. There were some hiccups with both courier companies, but those have been sorted out now. This probably had to do with the Chinese Dragon Boat Festival.
Raspberry PI’s and Free Hashing Power
In ZeusMiner’s update last week, they mentioned that customers who had ordered a Cyclone, Thunder or Lightning Scrypt ASIC , would get a free Raspberry Pi. Quantities would, of course, be limited to one Raspberry Pi per order.
These freebies have been ordered and are expected to be shipping out very soon, as soon as the last batch 1 order has been sent out. As a reminder, people who ordered a Blizzard in batch 1 will receive an extra free month of cloud mining once ZeusHash launches.
Ever since ZeusMiner broke the news about ZeusHash not launching before the end of July, they have received a fair amount of complaints and feedback. There has been some good news on this front though, as the company has slowly started building up ZeusHash hardware.
As this process can only be done gradually, as customer orders have to be shipped out as well, it will take time before ZeusHash will be operational. However, we might see the platform going live before the end of July.
ZeusController is designed for people who already have, or are expecting, their Raspberry Pi. Using a GUI web interface, it becomes quite easy to setup and monitor your ZeusMiner Scrypt ASIC devices. This image can be downloaded directly to your SD card, making your devices Plug-n-Play.
What is most interesting about ZeusController, is the fact this has been open sourced. An open invitation has been announced, allowing anyone and everyone to try and improve on the software, with tweaks,settings, or more features.
This open invitation runs until June 18th. Every version that has been sent in , will be judged by the users, and three winners will be picked. The grand prize is a Hurricane X3, second prize is 10 MH/ s for 60 days on ZeusHash, and third prize is a Blizzard.
ZeusHost (hosting your ZeusMiner devices)
Due to overwhelming demand to have ZeusMiner Scrypt ASICs hosted, a new secure facility has been found in order to allow for more than 50 people to host their devices. The hosting service is expected to come online very soon, as performance testing is underway as of this writing.
For the people who had already requested hosting before June 6th, they will be compensated in Litecoin for the amount their miners would have mined from June 3rd onwards. Compensation payments will be sent directly to your wallets once the miners go live.
For batch 2 hosting orders, changes have been made in regards to the policy. For the exact details on what has been changed, click here. There are also some design changes for batch 2 orders, which you can find by visiting the same link.
Reduced prices for Batch 2
For customers who have already paid their batch 2 order, the price difference will be refunded to you. People who have received their invoices but not yet paid them, will receive a new invoice with the correct pricing soon. Updated prices can be found here.
There are also special promotions for existing batch 1 customers. First of all, you can get 10% off your new order. On top of that, you also qualify for more free stuff if you place an order for the same amount (or more) for batch 2.
I’m still not going to place a batch 2 order unfortunately,simply because I don’t have any money to spare. Even though the offers are very nice at this point. If my financial situation changes, I might grab another Scrypt ASIC though.