How to Setup Yellowjacket (Nanofury) and Overclocking

Yellowjackets are great for first time miners or experienced miners that want something quick, easy and fun to mine with. This guide will show you exactly how easy it is to set up and also overclock them!

First Time Setup

First off there are a few things you’ll need:

  • Windows PC
  • Yellowjacket USB miner(s)
  • bfgminer You should download either the 32 or 64 bit version depending on your operating system; you can check this by going to your system properties
  • USB Hub (optional but recommended) A USB hub provides better air flow for your miners and more reliable power
  • A fan like this one (optional but recommended)
  • An account with a mining pool such as btcguild, or eligius (doesn’t require an account)

1. First off you’ll want to connect your Yellowjacket to the PC either directly on the USB port or via a USB hub. Afterwards, reboot your computer.

2. Extract bfgminer to a folder on your computer

3. Once bfgminer is extracted, open the folder and double click on bfgminer.exe

4. The first time you run bfgminer it will prompt you for your mining pool details. Type in each prompt and hit “Enter” after each one

bfgminer setup

First time running bfgminer


5. After you enter your password, you should be connected to the pool, start receiving work and seeing your shares being accepted.

Yellowjacket bfgminer hashing

Yellowjacket bfgminer hashing



It is strongly recommended to use a fan when overclocking your Yellowjackets to extend it’s life expectancy because it will run hot!

To overclock your Yellowjacket, have bfgminer and press “m” to pull up the device management screen. Use the arrow keys to select the device you’d like to modify and press “o” this will then prompt you for the oscillator bits (default is 50). Then hit “Enter” then “Enter” again to return to the main screen.

yellowjacket bfgminer overclock

Yellowjacket bfgminer overclocked hash rate

In this example we’ve overclocked our Yellowjacket to 53 osc. bits which results in a hash rate of 2.45 GH


If you have any questions or need assistance with getting your Yellowjacket up and running send us an email at

28 Responses to “How to Setup Yellowjacket (Nanofury) and Overclocking”

  1. Dorian January 19, 2014 at 8:41 pm Permalink

    Any insight on getting them to work on Raspbian/Debian? I’m trying to get them working on my Pi with limited success..;

    • Alfred Chan January 21, 2014 at 10:44 am Permalink

      We’re working on putting together a guide now for Raspbian and Mac owners. Should be up in the next couple days!

      • Mike Walsh January 26, 2014 at 6:21 pm Permalink

        I am using a Raspberry Pi with minepeon, a 7 port USB 2.0 hub, and 5 of the yellow jackets. I user HEXu/cgminer ( to get it working.

        • O.G. January 30, 2014 at 11:23 am Permalink

          That version of cgminer will ONLY work with nano furies, right? I won’t be able to run my antminers on it?

          • Mike Walsh February 26, 2014 at 7:18 pm Permalink

            That is correct

      • O.G. January 30, 2014 at 8:52 pm Permalink

        So where is this rasbian guide? :)

  2. January 19, 2014 at 11:30 pm Permalink

    Good job!

  3. Michael January 21, 2014 at 9:25 am Permalink

    OSC 55 caused a very metallic odor to start propagating the room, this is used with a fan directly on the device. OSC 54 seems to be the highest I can go before hardware errors become an issue. Just some experience based info for those looking to overclock these.

    • Alfred Chan January 21, 2014 at 10:43 am Permalink

      Thanks for the feedback!

      I’ve found that the sweet spot for them to be around 53, depending on the Bitfury chip because they’re all different.

      What kind of hash rate are you getting with osc 54?

      • Michael January 24, 2014 at 7:37 am Permalink

        2.66GHZ at 54
        Hardware errors hover around 1.5% though… Maybe I’ll bring it down to 53 and see what percentage of HW i get with that…

  4. James January 21, 2014 at 11:20 am Permalink


    I pre-ordered a few of these to the UK, just wondering when I should expect them?

    Also, can these be used with CGMiner/Bitminter/Multiminer?
    Thank you!

    • Alfred Chan January 21, 2014 at 11:41 am Permalink

      Hey James!

      If you send us an email ( with your order number I can look into your shipment for you. It should be arriving very soon because most of our UK customers have received theirs.

      At the moment, there’s only native support for bfgminer and support for other applications are being developed.

  5. Austin January 21, 2014 at 5:29 pm Permalink

    Is there a way to write the overclock for the oscillator bits into the config file? I overclocked all of mine to 53 oscillator bits, saved the config from within bfgminer and restarted it, but the yellowjackets went back to the default hashrate.

    • Alfred Chan January 22, 2014 at 12:45 am Permalink

      Hey Austin,

      You should be able to run bfgminer using a .bat file with the bfgminer command line switch “–set-device NFY:osc6_bits=52” without the quotes.

      So your .bat file will have something like this:
      bfgminer.exe -o -u hashratestore -p password123 -S all –set-device NFY:osc6_bits=52

      Let me know if you need any more assistance with this. Thanks!

      • Austin January 22, 2014 at 1:18 am Permalink

        I got it working…thx Alfred! But i did it a bit differently than you. I created a shortcut to bfgminer and in the properties target i add in my commands. Had to alter your command just a bit to get it working…changed it to “–set-device NFY:osc6_bits=53” Thanks again for your help! :-)

  6. Donnie January 24, 2014 at 12:01 pm Permalink

    Running 6 of the Yellow Jackets next to 2 Ice Fury miners. All are running fine at OS- 54, that’s the sweet spot for icefury’s too. Of course, this is with a USB fan blowing right down on them in lower ambient temperatures.

    Wish I had another 20 of them 😀

    • Scotty January 24, 2014 at 12:07 pm Permalink

      Thanks Donnie! Glad your enjoying them! Happy Hashing!

  7. Steven January 28, 2014 at 5:33 am Permalink

    By setting the Oscillator Bits to 60 – I managed to get one of these doing 4 Gh/s but was worried about setting it so high.
    I have 1 fan over my rig so they are cooler than with no fan..

    – Anyone know if they will fry and die within a few hours if I kept them at 60 OSC. bits?


    • Alfred Chan January 28, 2014 at 8:17 am Permalink

      Hi Steven!

      Yes, 60 OSC is very high and you are at high risk of damaging the unit. I usually run mine at around 53 before I start getting > 1% errors.

  8. Allan February 27, 2014 at 9:16 pm Permalink

    Looking for help on how to get the Yellowjackets working on Raspberry Pi. Tried cgminer-Hexu, no go. Works fine on Windows, but that means i have to leave my desktop on 24/7

  9. Tyler March 5, 2014 at 7:54 pm Permalink

    Is there any mac setup info on these yet?

  10. Don March 7, 2014 at 4:11 pm Permalink

    How to use Yellowjacket under Linux?

  11. Jason March 9, 2014 at 5:46 am Permalink

    USB 3.0 or USB 2.0, or both?… You mention 2.0 power specs but thats a 3.0 USB hub in the photo

  12. Jeff April 3, 2014 at 11:46 pm Permalink

    Can you please publish a guide in order to use the yellowjacket bitfury on linux ?Can you please publish linux guide ?

  13. aZz7eCh April 19, 2014 at 3:48 am Permalink

    Where, in the WORLD, is this Linux guide !?!?!?!?!??!?!?!!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!!?!?!?!?! I would love to hang my Yellowjackets off my RPi … but I cant even get them running on any linux machine in the house!

  14. Korre October 18, 2014 at 11:48 am Permalink

    How much cooling does one need for 60 OSC not to risk damage?
    Big heatsink with water cooling?


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