This guide will get you started with initial setup and installation.
Start by connecting the power supply provided to AC power. The DC connector is in the middle rear of the clock.
This product requires access to the Internet in order to display current information. You have the option of WiFi or wired Ethernet.
Wired ethernet is the easiest and more reliable option, and setup consists of merely connecting a CAT5 cable to the rear of the clock. If your installation can support wired ethernet, please connect such a cable at this time.
When first powered, the clock does not do anything for about 30 seconds while the system boots up. The first message displayed is “Hello bitcoin” with three green dots.
If using wired Ethernet, it will then show an URL:
http:// 10.0 .0.123
This example is assuming the Ethernet is connected and your DHCP network server gave
the clock an IP address of
10.0.0.123. Enter that URL
into your web browser and you’re off to the races!
IMPORTANT: Be sure to enter
http:// and not
https:// in front of
these URLs. This product does not support SSL on the internal setup
interface, and some browsers will try to search google rather than
connect directly to a local IP address in numeric form.
If the Ethernet cable is not connected, it will instead show:
SSid- block clock
This indicates the name (
blockclock) of the wireless network which the clock provides.
The next step is for you to join the wireless network called
blockclock”. The password for the network is:
We suggest using a laptop for this step as cellphones do not typically have enough screen space to operate the website of the system comfortably.
Once you’ve done that successfully, the display on the block will change to show the IP address of the internal website. This is always:
Once you’ve joined the
blockclock WiFi network, you should proceed directly to
that IP address. If you try to navigate to any random website, you will
be redirect to the Blockclock as well. You can enter “example.com” as a URL
and end up at the Blockclock.
Once your web browser is showing the web pages from the BlockClock, you should go to the “System Settings” page and configure these values:
If your intention is to use Wifi, you should first set your country, and then select your wireless network from the list of network names the system detects.
Enter your Wifi password and select WPA2 as security model.
To save and test your values, press “Connect to Wifi” and wait while the connection is made.
IMPORTANT: Once you’ve got the clock talking to your local Wifi network, you should change your laptop back to your normal Wifi settings. (And on Mac OS, select “Forget network” as well.)
There are 3 lines for each “page” of values that may be displayed.
Up to four pages can be shown by a single press on the remote, click on the homepage, or by rotation. By default, the display changes to the next page every 15 minutes.
There are 12 profiles, each holding a page to be displayed. Although only four are active at a time, it’s useful to be able to store profiles for later use, or use under specific conditions (ie. for parties and special occasions).
Each page (or profile) holds the 3 lines which the clock displays. Each of those lines has a corresponding red and green dot which can be controlled as well.
There are five values you may configure for each line of the display:
x < 3500
x >= 4500
The data source is the numeric value to display, and is often a price ticker value, such as the buy or sell price for BTC. You must enable specific data sources (ie. exchanges) on the Data Source page, and then you may search and select a specific value from the search results.
The overlay text is a fixed string that will be left-justified and shown on top of the dynamic text. It’s useful for labeling values.
The remaining three fields can be a complex python expression, or left blank. Click on the (i) icon to see a quick cheat sheet of possible expressions that are the most useful.
In most cases, you will want to use
int(x) to round the value to an
integer and remove the decimal.
Red and green dot expressions should be a boolean (true/false or
non-zero/zero). You can compare the
x value to a trend, or just
a simple threshold, as shown in the above example.
As of this writing, the following data sources are available:
The following internal sources are also available.
Please note that some data source require additional customization. For example, you may need to select individual exchange pairs for some exchanges, while other exchanges provide data on all pairs.
We provide a default configuration for Electrum which points to our own Electrum server on Bitcoin mainnet. This can be changed to select public nodes from a number of different chains which publish their seed nodes. You can also select a private Electrum service by providing a suitable IP addresses for your LAN or the Internet.
Your clock includes a remote control which operates over Bluetooth. It has four buttons (1-4). By default the buttons 1-3 select that page for display. The 4th button is configurable to be: “mute” (the default), “select 4th page for display”, or “lamp test”.
NOTE: The remote control sleeps to conserve power, so the first press may require holding for 1-2 seconds. Look for the red light to illuminate.
There is a small button on the rear of the clock, labeled “LAMP TEST”.
It starts a display cycle which turns all segments on and off. Finally, it displays the IP address and then returns to normal operation.
The BlockClock can accept your custom data and display it. Go to “Data Sources > Custom API Keys” and press “Create new API key”.
curl example is shown to get you started, and
the full API specification is here.
On the “System Settings” page, you will also find diagnostic features, such as “warm restart” and a means to download/backup your settings. There is also a push-button software update mechanism which is very easy to use.