Node Runners - Frequently Asked Questions


#1

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Can I have several nodes/clients behind the same IP address?
Yes. You may have multiple nodes behind a single IP address but it doesn’t necessarily mean that you increase the chance of earning more rewards.

Do I require a static IP address to run a node?
Yes, you need a static IP address to run a node. In most cases, you will have to configure your router to port forward. A static IP address gives a fixed address to your computer on the local network at your business. Port forwarding is used by computers on the Internet to connect to a specific device on your internal network. To set up port forwarding, you must assign specific ports or a range of ports to a specific IP address.

How do I get one?
You may get a static IP address from your internet service provider or the easier option is to run the node on a VPS with a static IP like Digitalocean or Vultr. As the node runs in a docker container, it will be fairly easy to spin a radix node in minutes.

What are the minimum hardware requirements to run a node?
The current requirements are

  • 2 CPU cores
  • 8 GB memory
  • 256 GB disk

Is there a guide to set up a node?
A pre-release guide to help you get started with the node-client software is published.Click here to read. We will notify you when the node client is released.

Do you need Radix tokens to host a node?
No, you do not require tokens to host a node.

Is there a main net or testnet to test or run a node?
There’s a private testnet on https://explorer.radixdlt.com/, but no public testnet yet, there will be open developer alpha/beta in the near future.

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#4

When runner node mainnet?? Good job team Radix! :+1:


#5

Hi Angad, please could you explain why several nodes behind the same IP will not necessarily increase rewards. I presume by extension to increase reward I would have to install more computers so how do you think that would pan out economically versus running multiple nodes on one computer since presumably I would have to secure multiple dedicated IP’s. plus more computers, albeit low end machines. Thanks.


#6

Is the potential for rewards higher if we used higher performing computers than that which is cited such as quad cores, 64K Ram and ssd hard disks of minimum 1TB? Thanks


#7

Hi There!

Node runner fees come from two sources:

  • Atom Fees
  • Network Subsidy

Please refer to the recently released Economic Whitepaper regarding these fees.

tl;dr: both fees take into account that you are running an active Origin Node.

We are still defining what “Origin Node” means. The properties we have defined thus far include:

  • publicly accessible (internet)
  • ability to send/receive atoms on behalf of a client

Current alphanet (testnet) is fee-less and only allows a single node per public IP address (over HTTPS port 443).
We are looking into supporting custom ports for betanet/mainnet but it has to align well with the (future) “Origin Node” definition and fees in question.

Hope this helps and sorry I cannot give more details than this at this point.


#8

Hi Zalan. Thanks for the info. I’d like to suggest that in addition to the custom ports, that it should be possible to run an “Origin Node” on a dynamic IP. This will allow the average person to run nodes from home rather than require them to spin up a hosted VM or purchase a static IP. You already have to be able to handle the case where a node goes down temporariliy. When a node reconnects it can advertise both its IP and port and if the IP/port has changed then that can be propogated to the other nodes and then to the clients when they need a transaction verified.