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Why was I2P chosen over Tor for native Monero integration?

There are several advantages where I2P implementation is more suitable over Tor, e.g. I2P is significantly faster when routing internal traffic, where Tor is optimized for low-bandwidth clients and ...
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What is the difference between Monero (XMR) and Verge (XVG)?

Despite both being advertised as privacy-focused cryptocurrencies, they are very different. Summary Monero uses ring signatures, RingCT, and stealth addresses to hide information on the blockchain. ...
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What Ports Does Monero Use? (RPC, P2P, etc.)

On the daemon side (bitmonerod) P2P Port is the one used to connect with the other nodes on the network (or locally in some cases). RPC port (Remote Procedure Call) is used to let other applications ...
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What is the difference between i2pd and Kovri?

Kovri is an alternative implementation in C++ of the I2P protocol which original daemon i2p is written in Java, is bloated and quite difficult to use. Kovri is a fork of the C++ implementation i2pd. ...
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Running a full node without revealing my home IP address

I can only speak for Tor: using torsocks can make monerod connect to other nodes via the Tor network. This will run monerod with Tor: DNS_PUBLIC=tcp torsocks monerod --p2p-bind-ip 127.0.0.1 --no-igd ...
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What is the difference between i2pd and Kovri?

There are three major implementations of I2P routers Java I2P: the official client by the creators of the protocol. This is by far the most used. i2pd: a c++ implementation of the client Kovri: a ...
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Why is it I2P (garlic routing) well suited for Monero (compared to possible alternatives)?

As compared to Tor which is the most popular now: i2pd serves the same efforts as Tor, but on a more p2p level, rather than relying on servers. i2p lends itself more towards our workload. Monero i2p ...
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i2p/Kovri fundamentals in Monero

Kovri for all intents and purposes is dead and development towards an I2P Java Router lite alternative continues with I2P-zero and tini2p. As of September 2, 2019, I2P via proxy is supported in ...
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What Ports Does Monero Use? (RPC, P2P, etc.)

You can run Monero without an open port but others will not be able to connect to your node in order to help synchronize their nodes. Open port 18080 to allow incoming P2P connections. The RPC port ...
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metadata protection for Monero usage on Mobile devices

While VPN and Tor usage is much higher that I2P usage on mobile devices today that is also the case for PCs. There is already an I2P app for Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net....
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Can a 3 letter agency see if I am running Kovri?

It depends on where they're listening, but yes in the sense you probably mean. The I2P protocol underlying Kovri has a signature like any other protocol, and anybody who can see all of your traffic ...
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What exactly is the relationship between Monero and I2P

Monero will use I2P to connect nodes together. The goal of this is twofold: an adversary spying on your network connection, like so many today, will not be able to see whether you are using Monero or ...
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What Ports Does Monero Use? (RPC, P2P, etc.)

The bitmonerod defaults are: Mainnet: P2P: 18080 RPC:18081 Testnet: P2P: 28080 RPC: 28081 The wallet's RPC port has no default. Wallet and daemon may use 53 for DNS, which is optional. It is ...
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I2P: How does the reseed works ?

Indeed, the question cited refers to a list of url. The reseed process starts with choosing randomly one of them. So let's assume that the choosen URL is : https://i2p.mooo.com/netDb/. Here are the ...
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What is the difference between i2pd and Kovri?

while @pebx wrote the Monero-side of the story, here is the answer I found from the i2pd-side of the story: Kovri and the curious case of code rot I thought that this discussion should somehow be ...
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How will the implementation of Kovri work from a user perspective?

what can they expect when it is rolled out? The Kovri router will be baked in to the Monero code, so all a user will need to do is select an option indicating whether they want to use the Kovri ...
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What is Kovri and which other cryptocurrencies are implementing this feature?

Kovri is a C++ implementation of I2P which is Java based. Kovri is no more than an I2P router. If another coin has wanted to use I2P they could have just bundled it into their node. To my knowledge, ...
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Is the purpose of the Kovri C++ project solely to benefit Monero?

While developed under the monero project umbrella, Kovri will be usable for general I2P usage, not only for monero. Even when used for monero, it will also be usable for other uses, if the user ...
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I see gray inactive peers. Will they be recorded forever?

There is a limit of 5000 entries (P2P_LOCAL_GRAY_PEER_LIST_LIMIT), and they are stored in p2pstate.bin, which is in your daemon's data directory (typically $HOME/.bitmonero). It is a privacy leak if ...
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Connecting Kovri through a VPN vs using Kovri directly

When using Kovri alone, the ISP/your employer/whoever is able to see that you are using Kovri, but not what you're doing on Kovri (e.g. using Monero). When using Kovri with a VPN, the ISP will just ...
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What are the threats against I2P?

I2P's threat model consists of : Brute force attacks A brute force attack can be mounted by a global passive or active adversary, watching all the messages pass between all of the nodes and ...
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Kovri modularity and I2P compatibility

Kovri and Monero are 2 distinct stand-alone projects that does not share any source code in common. Even if developers are not the same, it is still the same community (they are both under https://...
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Why can't Monero use kovri as default for all connections?

This is a copy and paste from an exchange on reddit. Answer looking for improvements and / or editing :) FP - Not a good idea, then nearly the entire network is at risk of being Sybil attacked. ...
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I2P Reseed servers

These are seed nodes. Monero has them, and Bitcoin has them, etc.. Nothing unusual. Monero seed nodes: https://github.com/monero-project/monero/blob/f4e2539a322c584c9b45ad5a000cb63e9e90aaab/src/p2p/...
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Is there any obfuscation in the communications between nodes?

There is none, hence the work on https://github.com/monero-project/kovri/. A government might make I2P itself illegal, though, and that'd be yet another hurdle. Tor has something to try to look like ...
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Is it true that a vendor can see my IP address if I send moneros via my GUI wallet without using Tor or I2P?

If the vendor also runs a Monero node, and is currently connected to your own node, then their node will see your transaction being forwarded to their node. If they set things up to keep track of IPs ...
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Does the kovri pre-alpha build already work for running a monero node?

From the Kovri FAQ: What is the current state of Kovri? Kovri is in active development and currently pre-alpha. Kovri is not yet integrated with monero but, in addition to several core features, we ...
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Can a 3 letter agency see if I am running Kovri?

The short answer is yes. If you connect to the rest of the I2P network (Kovri is a way to do that), some government organizations will undoubtedly be running a node that will attempt to log your IP. ...
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Kovri modularity and I2P compatibility

From what I have observed on Reddit and Slack, the Monero and Kovri developers aren't the same people. While these projects are working closely together, I don't think the goal is for Kovri to depend (...
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Is Monero in I2P secure now, and how do I do it?

This question [After Kovri arrives will some full nodes need to remain on clearnet? ] deals with peer discovery through Kovri. How about peer discovery right now if I wanna run a full node in I2P? ...
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