How to avoid pool ban by ISP, router, or firewall?

Sometimes ISP, router, or firewall will block some crpyto mining domains as a result of false positive when protecting user. If this happens, you won't be able to connect to the pool and mine on it. Because of that, we have prepared a list of DNS records for many different pools. It is called mining pools whitelist or mining pools' DNS records.

Why use minerstat's pools whitelist?

  • Using a local DNS cache will speed up your pool resolving and connection time. You will be able to avoid possible slowdowns, delays, and problems that come from outside DNS services.
  • Using a DNS record you will be able to bypass ISP and firewall imposed limitations and avoid bad or outdated entries from outside DNS services.

How to use minerstat's pools whitelist?

You can download the list of DNS records and use it as described below.

msOS mining OS

If you are using msOS mining OS you don’t have to do anything as this list is already a part of the system. For msOS users this list is automaticaly updated and always up to date.


If you are using any other mining OS or standalone Linux system you can download the file and apply it to the following path:

  • /etc/hosts


If you are on Windows operating system, then you can apply the file to one of the following places:

  • C:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
  • C:\winnt\system32\drivers\etc\hosts
  • C:\windows\hosts

DNS records

This whitelist can also be used as part of your local DNS record cache on the DNS level or host file so you can import it to Pi-hole or similar software.

Do note that by using this list outside msOS or without some special updating script, you will need to check if some new entry is added and update it accordingly. Only on msOS the list is automatically updated.

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