Setup a Bobcat Miner step by step

I’m hosting the hotspot for my friend
1. Connect Adapter, Antenna and LAN Cable

The light will turn to Green (with LAN cable) or Yellow (without LAN cable) after Red light flashes. You are all set if you don’t use Wi-Fi. Remember don’t put your Miner in HEAT/HUMIDITY. Put it in a bag or seal it in a box will cause high CPU temperature.

Make sure you put your Antenna near the Window or on your Roof / Balcony, the higher the better!

Good samples:

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2. To use WiFi (optional), Download Hotspot Utility App

3. Enable bobcatminer Pair Mode

4. Configure Wi-Fi

Just follow the Instruction in the App

Need to Forget the Wifi?

I’m the Hotspot Owner
1. Open the Box

Your Bobcat Miner will be delivered to you by Fedex / USPS or SF Express from the Manufacturer directly. Before open the box, make sure it’s not opened, no damage on it.

2. Connect Adapter and LAN Cable (optional)

The light will turn to Green (with LAN cable) or Yellow (without LAN cable) after Red flight flashes.

3. Download newest version Helium App

Old version Helium App may cause failure of location assertion.

4. Enable Bluetooth & Location service on your phone
Enable bluetooth

Enable Location Services for Helium App
5. Enable bobcatminer Pair Mode
6. Pair bobcatminer in your Helium App

Just follow the App step by step. You don’t need to assert location if you not decided yet.

7. Setup Wi-Fi (optional)

8. Assert Location &/ wait status from “Syncing” to “Synced

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25 replies on “Setup a Bobcat Miner step by step”

Bluetooth find bobcat,,,Selct Bobcat,,,then
No onboarding key found
try again or cancel ?

It was caused by unregeistered onboarding key. The hotspot maker should have solved this issue. Please try again. If same error comes again, please contact your hotspot maker.


I just changed by hotspot connection from wifi to ethernet. 2 questions plz
1. It changed my hotspot light from green to yellow. When i open my ISP admin it showing 2 ip addresses for my hotspot 1 for wifi and 1 for ethernet connection. How do i fix it?
Do i have to make static ip and port forwarding for both ip addresses?

2. How do i make sure hotspot is using ethernet internet not w

My New bobcat could witness others when it was connected to wifi .
but not witnessing after I used the lan cable .
It does beacon challenge and sync but no witness at all . the location is great on the roof and more than 200 hotspot around it . but not witnessing.
any suggestion?

My new bobcat is installed and I can see it with the Bluetooth but I have the following error: “Hotspot miner is waiting to start” every time since last Tuesday.
When I am using the diagnosis I can see this: “Onboarding key not found this time. maybe Miner isn’t started”.
Here the details of the Miner 5s:
timestamp”: “2021-09-23 01:07:24 +0000 UTC”,
“temp0”: “40 °C”,
“temp1”: “37 °C”,
“temp_alert”: “normal”,
“ota_version”: “”,
“sync_status”: “”,
“miner”: {
“State”: “restarting”,
“Status”: “Restarting (1) 34 seconds ago”,
“Names”: [
“Image”: “”,
“Created”: 1632357028
“miner_alert”: “warn”,
“height”: null,
“epoch”: “”,
“miner_height”: “”,
“blockchain_height”: “1022338”,
“ports”: {
“44158”: “closed”
“region”: “”,
“pubkey”: “”,
“animal”: “”,
“p2p_status”: null,
“onboarding”: null,
“errors”: “unable to get miner region”
Any idea?


As you told me it was broken I did a reset of the miner from the diagnosis page and after 15 minutes I had the green light!
I was able to connect my box to the app, and the now the box is syncing.


Your router port 44158 is closed. Go into your router firmware and open the port for your Bobcat. You need to know your Bobcat’s ip address.

I just set mine up last night, and for an hour or so it said “syncing”, which is still says (about 20 hrs later), but it also says its being relayed? Will that go away once it syncs? How do i fix it being relayed? I cannot find a definitive answer aside from assigning a specific tcpip port, please help? Do i just wait the 96hrs for it to sync?

In order to do it successful connect bluetooth select diagnose now if ur connected via wifi it eill show ip address same with lan what ever u choose to connect with ul need to male a note of it then go to your router make a new port 44158 then add the ip to it youl need todo it for incoming and outgoing as the traffic needs to come in and out of your miner

I have a question silly 1 but im going to ask when you setup your miner as i have a bobcat if i was to select a different antenna name say heltec custom 10.5dbi will this affect the hotspot or will it just send out the 4.2 dbi from stock antenna ?

Also i live on the 5th floor of block of flats only 8 storey high ive worked it out to about 13 to 15 metres do i put this or is it how high from thr bobcat say on my tv stand as example ??

Finally got it synced and its mined .98hnt over the past 3 days, very underwhelming. But its still being relayed, will the mining improve if i fix this? Thanks for your help

Hey @beaconer , please advise what to do in case of an “Onboarding Error” when connecting the bobcat miner to the app. The miner is online and started syncing but I cant connect it to the mobile app. Bobcat is saying it’s a problem from Helium – Helium sends you back to Bobcat.. Do you have any idea about this issue??


Out of the box I waited for my miner light to turn yellow, then I tried to sync it via bluetooth, went through the app but got an “error constructing the add hotspot transaction”

What do I have to do in this case? It took me back to the Helium app main page to restart the process.

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