I want to run a Monero node from home.

My PC details:

  • Processor Intel (R) Pentium (R) CPU N3700 @1.60GHz 1.60GHz

  • RAM - 4 GB 64 bit operating system x64 based processor

  • Total space 465 GB, Out of this used space is 288GB and Free space is 177GB

Right now I just want to familiarise myself with Monero by setting up the node and sorting out a wallet but in future I may setup a website which accepts Monero payments. I have no interest in using my node for mining. I will only use it for conducting my own Monero transactions.

At the moment, I use my PC mainly for emails, websurfing, watching movies sometimes on youtube, or for using the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel..etc). Security wise, I use Malwarebytes sometimes. I'm a careful user. I use TOR browser sometimes. As of today, there is free space of 177GB on my PC. I don’t have another PC just a laptop I use when travelling so want to keep it for that.

My questions:*

  1. Can I run my node at home whilst using my PC as I do already?

  2. Can I set up using TOR? And always use it through TOR?

  3. If I cannot use TOR, then after I am running a node, are outsiders able to connect to it? If yes, what is the risk here for my PC? I mean does my IP show or what?

  4. Can I prevent others from connecting to my node?

  5. What will be the best hardware wallet to use with my node?

    Thank you in advance for any help.

1 Answer 1

  1. Yes. Given your computer spec/storage-space, you will probably want to run it as a pruned node though.
  2. Yes. Instructions.
  3. Regardless of Tor usage or not, you decide if others can connect to your node. Tor is not a firewall.
  4. Yes. You can start the daemon with flags --no-igd --hide-my-port --in-peers 0 (these can also be applied in the GUI via daemon startup flags in the settings).
  5. "best" is subjective and not really a suitable question for StackExchange. You can use either a Trezor or Ledger.
  • 1
    Thank you, for your reply. I actually meant to ask for a software wallet which is the next best. I already have a Trezor but it is not the latest Trezor which accepts Monero. I'd want a wallet on which i'd be able to check incoming transactions from my commercial website when i set it up, and i'd like it to be one that can show these transactions each of which will be having their own integrated addresses.
    – Kesta
    Dec 25, 2019 at 22:44
  • Any wallet will show you your incoming transactions by integrated addresses.
    – jtgrassie
    Dec 26, 2019 at 3:45

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