Bitcoin’s security heavily depends on the nodes that are operating in its network. And the work that nodes process is a time and resource-intensive activity. And the importance of this became clear when Bitcoin registered a peak in transactions and its network suffered from delays and exorbitant fees.
To avoid this problem, the bitcoin network is divided into lightweight nodes and full nodes. The first ones are better processing transactions compared to full nodes. They do not need to download all the transactions on the blockchain but it can only use the header data that is connected to the transactions.
The responsibility of full nodes is to confirm all the transactions that occur in the network by downloading all transactions on Bitcoin’s blockchain and fully validate them with other nodes.
The reward for the miners is related to the amount of cryptocurrencies received every time a block is discovered. Additionally, every time a bitcoin transaction is processed, the fees go to the miner that verified it. But those who decide to run a full node have intangible benefits, including more secure transactions. By downloading all the transactions full nodes will have all the latest information about bitcoin’s blockchain.
Investors that run a full node will be able to control how the Bitcoin network behaves and its health, and it will ensure valid and accurate bitcoin trading transactions.
How To Set Up A Full Node?
So as to set up a full node there are three different methods that would allow anybody to do it.
The first one is running a node in the cloud. To do so, any investor would have to set up an account on Amazon Web Services or Google Cloud. Then a virtual machine (VM) will be required. Once that has been done, the interested individual will have to download Bitcoin Core’s software, which will allow anybody to run bitcoin and configure the appropriate for settings on the computer to the cloud.
The second method is similar to the first one with the difference that this time, Bitcoin Core will be running on the local machine of the investor. It is important to mark that 145 gigabytes of space are required and also 2 gigabytes of RAM. But that’s not enough, the user will need an internet connection of at least 50 Kbps and a good upload and download limits.
The third and last method to set up a bitcoin full node is known as the ‘node-in-a-box.’ This method is a pre-configured bitcoin full node that can be hooked onto the computer of the interested person in running a node. It is easy to manage it and view the relevant data.