If you’re a true believer in Bitcoin and you want to see it succeed, you can help strengthen the network by running a full node. It may sound intimidating if you’re not a programmer but it’s actually a lot easier than you think. Here’s why.
YOU DON’T NEED TO INVEST IN EXPENSIVE EQUIPMENT
Running a full node is not like mining bitcoins. You don’t need to spend $3,000 on an ASIC Antminer S9. You also don’t need to have an abundance of cheap power or even an excessively powerful device.
Unlike mining, running a full node won’t take up much of your electricity. It also won’t place anywhere near as much strain on your equipment. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t actually need to keep your computer on all the time (although the longer the better). A minimum of six hours a day is required.
IT’S FAIRLY EASY TO MEET THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
Let’s be clear. You can’t run a full node from your mobile phone or travel laptop. There are certain requirements you’ll need to meet otherwise you’ll just run into a myriad of performance and cost issues.
But if you have a decent piece of kit already that’s running a recent version of Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux, you’ll only need 200GB of free disk space and 2GB of memory (RAM). This can be either a desktop or a laptop as long as it meets these specs. Read More