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How can I use Monero without syncing the blockchain?

The Monero community encourages you to run a full node so you can get the highest level of privacy and support the network the most. However, we understand that convenience is sometimes more important....
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Can we practically compensate full nodes

The short answer is no, at least not safely. Something we've discussed before is for full nodes to (completely optionally) include a donation address in their handshake, with separate addresses on ...
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What is MoneroPulse?

MoneroPulse is a DNS based system which regularly checks for a list of blockchain checkpoints stored in the DNS TXT record for a few monero domain names. This system allows emergency checkpoints to be ...
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What is the bandwidth cost of running a full node?

Bandwidth utilization greatly depends upon whether or not inbound ports are opened up or not. On a fast 10gbit+ VPS with inbound ports opened up, I see 280 GB inbound and 250 GB outbound used. On a ...
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What is the bandwidth cost of running a full node?

You can set this when you start the daemon I believe: Typing monerod --help and scrolling down shows you there are these options: So to limit your bandwidth you could type: monerod --limit-rate 100 ...
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Is it possible to run a full monerod node on Android?

Yes, there are already people running Monero full nodes with Android using GNURoot (which doesn't require a rooted phone, despite its name) as suggested by villabacho. The proof of concept can be ...
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What are "white" and "gray" in the peer list?

White peers are online and reachable and grey peers are offline. The longer period of time it has been since you last used your daemon, the more grey peers you are likely to see. White peers that ...
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Block added as alternative on height xxxxx

I will quote a good explanation by bigreddmachine, found here. Reorgs happen when there is temporarily a disagreement about what the longest chain is. It happens in every Cryptocurrency, and the ...
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What does Monero's scaling roadmap look like

I know Monero is dynamically scalable, but everyone knows that simply increasing blocksize does not make a blockchain scale. Saying "everybody knows" doesn't really cut it. Who can say what kind of ...
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What is the Monerodo Operating System?

The Monerodo OS (sometimes referred to as MOS, at least, in the system itself) is a text-user interface and customized Ubuntu Linux distribution that is maintained and developed by Gingeropolous (and ...
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Will Monero have wallet clients similar to SPV so that a fully validated node is less necessary?

The lightwallet by jwinterm is probably most similar thing to an SPV wallet so far https://getmonero.org/getting-started/choose shen-noether is working on a mobile wallet that will connect to a ...
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Minimum system requirements for Monero?

Since Monero moved to LMDB in January, RAM requirements are now quite low. It is possible to run a full node with 1GB of RAM The amount of hard drive space needed will vary by OS. I have not yet seen ...
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Can we practically compensate full nodes

Make Monero useful and people will run nodes. You don't need to compensate nodes to give people an incentive to run one, you just need to make Monero intrinsic or a large part of their business. This ...
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Why is the Monero node separate from the wallet?

It's good practice to separate them, here's why: Security. The node is open to the network and the wallet keeps your private keys. In case some exploit was found in the node sofware, this ...
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What benefits are there of using an ARM device like Raspberry Pi?

Raspberry Pi is good for testing the minimum resource requirements needed to run Monero. As long as Monero continues to work on ARM devices like the Raspberry Pi then scaling concerns related to ...
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Why do I need to refresh my wallet?

"Refreshing" means telling the wallet to check the blockchain to see if any transactions were sent or received in any blocks added to the chain since it last looked. This makes it clearer why this has ...
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Is there a way to view and/or calculate the value of all utxo's?

I don't think a utxo method is possible, because the blockchain is opaque. There are no unspent transaction outputs on the Monero blockchain, in other words. There are no unspent transaction ...
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How do full nodes vs miners secure the network differently?

If I run a full node I am supposedly contributing to network security by keeping a copy of the blockchain That's right, but by running a node, you're most importantly securing yourself. I will get ...
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For people with spare Raspberry Pis what is the easiest way to get a full node running?

For your pi 3, just grab the ARMv7 binaries. https://getmonero.org/downloads/ They'll work for pi 2 as well. If anyone is trying to run a node on pi 1 or pi zero, I can upload ARMv6 binaries but I ...
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Monero node rewards?

Normally, just running a full node (i.e. a node that contains a full copy of the blockchain) just entails keeping your copy of the blockchain up-to-date, and also relaying new transactions. These ...
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How do I check if monerod is up to date

There are two ways you can do that: check your node is at most one or two blocks behind the highest height known in its peers check whether a new release is available The first one can by done by ...
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Technical contributions of non-mining full nodes

A node helps miners know they are on the correct chain, it also helps users verify transactions, nodes also supply the blockchain to other nodes that are not yet up to date, it also acts as a ...
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Full nodes suddenly appearing and dissapearing in a geographic region

There is a suspected bug in the P2P connectivity code, which causes some nodes to not see the entire Monero network, so the monerohash.com only sees part of the network. It is unknown how much of the ...
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Does the CONOP definition exclude pruning branches from its node definition?

By definition pruning branches cannot be considered full nodes because they are missing the data that has been pruned. Pruning branches are not full nodes according to the definition of CONOP. This ...
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Will Monero have wallet clients similar to SPV so that a fully validated node is less necessary?

While it is true that relaying transactions to a node other than your own compromises (some) privacy, there are ways to create a mobile wallet that will address this concern. Basically, the wallet ...
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Is there a way to view and/or calculate the value of all utxo's?

If I understand well, the "mixing pool" is basically the entire blockchain, ie, every output on it. Not every coin, but every output appearing on the blockchain, spent or unspent (you can't tell them ...
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Can I change limit_up speed?

You can change them, either when starting monerod: --limit-rate-up arg (=-1) set limit-rate-up [kB/s] --limit-rate-down arg (=-1) set limit-rate-down [kB/s] --limit-rate ...
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How can I access my full node remotely from another location?

As @antanst has said, I would also suggest using --rpc-bind-ip and --rpc-bind-port to bind to an external interface but only if your instance is inside an internal/trusted network. I see no reason why ...
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Downloading Monero updates using the existing Monero P2P network

It would be technically possible. However, several considerations apply: how do you trust what you receive is really a bona fide update ? You trust the blockchain because it's got PoW with high ...
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