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November 29, 2012, 02:24:52 AM
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Alright Gents, I have 25 connections now and have relayed a couple of transactions first on blockchain.info.  How do I become a better node?  Static IP?  Forced connections to other fast nodes?  I have 30MBPS down and 6 up...


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November 29, 2012, 03:09:22 AM
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Is there any other benefit to running a full node beyond increasing the diversity/stability of the network?

Im not sure but having more connections would mean that blocks are loaded faster if you have to download blocks for some days. With standard client it can be hard to wait to download the blocks of last days.
Its hard to wait until to get confirmations but even harder when you cant use bitcoins because you miss the last blocks. With more connections this should be faster.

That is false, downloading of blocks are depended on I/O speeds, CPU, and network, this will not make blocks download faster.

The benefits are that your helping the network and protecting it.

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November 30, 2012, 12:04:44 PM
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Is there any other benefit to running a full node beyond increasing the diversity/stability of the network?

Im not sure but having more connections would mean that blocks are loaded faster if you have to download blocks for some days. With standard client it can be hard to wait to download the blocks of last days.
Its hard to wait until to get confirmations but even harder when you cant use bitcoins because you miss the last blocks. With more connections this should be faster.

That is false, downloading of blocks are depended on I/O speeds, CPU, and network, this will not make blocks download faster.

The benefits are that your helping the network and protecting it.

Strange. I never had much traffic or cpu and blocks were loading painful slow with 8 connections. So my guess was that, like with every other p2p-network you only need more partners to get blocks faster. Ok, then the border is somewhere else...

whenever i have a significant amt of blocks I need to catch up on, i just connect to one fast node..   then there's no risk of slow peers, taking the 'network' out of the equation

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December 02, 2012, 01:03:53 PM
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Alright Gents, I have 25 connections now and have relayed a couple of transactions first on blockchain.info. 
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I setup port forwarding to my client last night.  I'm up to 28 connections now.

How do you know you've relayed transactions?  Does the client log that?
Thanks,
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A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
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December 02, 2012, 01:59:38 PM
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Os2Sam,
Search for your IP address on blockchain.info site is how I did it.

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December 02, 2012, 03:03:16 PM
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Os2Sam,
Search for your IP address on blockchain.info site is how I did it.

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Oh, OK.  Obvious enough Smiley.

Well you've helped me move forward a little more.  Hadn't really thought much about setting up port forwarding to my Bitcoin node in a while, now with your, and others, here input I've gotten it done.
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A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?
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Q: What is the most annoying thing on usenet and in e-mail?
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December 02, 2012, 10:38:31 PM
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Is there any other benefit to running a full node beyond increasing the diversity/stability of the network?

Im not sure but having more connections would mean that blocks are loaded faster if you have to download blocks for some days. With standard client it can be hard to wait to download the blocks of last days.
Its hard to wait until to get confirmations but even harder when you cant use bitcoins because you miss the last blocks. With more connections this should be faster.

That is false, downloading of blocks are depended on I/O speeds, CPU, and network, this will not make blocks download faster.

The benefits are that your helping the network and protecting it.

Strange. I never had much traffic or cpu and blocks were loading painful slow with 8 connections. So my guess was that, like with every other p2p-network you only need more partners to get blocks faster. Ok, then the border is somewhere else...

whenever i have a significant amt of blocks I need to catch up on, i just connect to one fast node..   then there's no risk of slow peers, taking the 'network' out of the equation

How do you connect to just one node (and know it's fast)? I have to download the entire blockchain, and its going to take days at the current rate.
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December 04, 2012, 06:04:10 AM
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I just set up mines on a vm. Took about 2 hours to dowoad. Supporting ฿ all the way!
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December 17, 2012, 12:24:52 AM
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If it doesn't increase it numbers of connections try:

bitcoin-qt.exe -maxconnections=x , while x is the number of connections you would like to have at max.

This option only limits your connections to your "x" value.

Is there a reason to limit the number of connections?  If so what is a good number to limit it to?
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A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
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December 17, 2012, 05:21:52 AM
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Been going a few weeks now, and it seems I average around 60 connections.  How do I improve that?


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December 17, 2012, 05:50:17 AM
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Been going a few weeks now, and it seems I average around 60 connections.  How do I improve that?

I think the only way for you to improve right now is to manually add more peers to your bitcoin.conf file, 60 is the average number if your ports and firewall are configured correctly

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January 02, 2013, 05:31:00 PM
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I got it, up to 10 connections now and slowly climbing.

The short of it...

Install bitcoinqt client and sync with block chain
Be sure the computer running the bitcoin client gets a static IP address assigned by your router
Forward port TCP port 8333 from internet to the IP you assigned in the step above
Done ;-)


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Why does it have to be TCP port 8333?
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January 02, 2013, 05:43:31 PM
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I got it, up to 10 connections now and slowly climbing.

The short of it...

Install bitcoinqt client and sync with block chain
Be sure the computer running the bitcoin client gets a static IP address assigned by your router
Forward port TCP port 8333 from internet to the IP you assigned in the step above
Done ;-)


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Why does it have to be TCP port 8333?

Why not?  It has to be something.  I guess that is what the programmers decided on when they started the Bitcoin Client development.

A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?
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Q: What is the most annoying thing on usenet and in e-mail?
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January 02, 2013, 06:05:21 PM
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It's the default port. You can change it in the config file.
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February 18, 2013, 11:37:39 PM
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Os2Sam,
Search for your IP address on blockchain.info site is how I did it.

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Oh, OK.  Obvious enough Smiley.

Well you've helped me move forward a little more.  Hadn't really thought much about setting up port forwarding to my Bitcoin node in a while, now with your, and others, here input I've gotten it done.
Thanks,
Sam

I haven't paid much attention to my "Full Bitcoin Node" in a while.  But today I took a look at my bandwidth usage.  My uplink bandwidth is peaking around 1.4Mb and I'm relaying 7 to 15 transactions a day now.  I was a little surprised by my bandwidth usage though.

Was curious as to what others mileage was now?
Such as:

How many connections?
How many transactions relayed a day?
Upstream bandwidth usage?

Sam

A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?
A: Top-posting.
Q: What is the most annoying thing on usenet and in e-mail?
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March 31, 2013, 01:19:34 PM
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Have not looked at bandwidth.  So, I have my own URL and was thinking or setting up a port forward for a URL so my IP address is not an issue.  Thoughts?  Anyone done this?
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June 06, 2013, 04:21:03 AM
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Thinking about setting up a full node...mainly interested if you get paid those small transaction limit BTCs that are sometimes asked for in transactions...if not, were do those micro-BTC units get sent to when your over the limit?

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June 06, 2013, 04:46:59 AM
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Thinking about setting up a full node...mainly interested if you get paid those small transaction limit BTCs that are sometimes asked for in transactions...if not, were do those micro-BTC units get sent to when your over the limit?

Only miners get paid for full nodes, and those small change are added to the transaction fee.

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June 07, 2013, 01:25:10 PM
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Can you guys help me do this on a Mac? I too would like to help improve the network.
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June 07, 2013, 06:55:11 PM
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Can you guys help me do this on a Mac? I too would like to help improve the network.

Just download bitcoin-qt

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