Tor Makes Launching Bitcoin Lightning Nodes Easier 4 Users, Casa FindsYAHOO! #Setting_UpMay 14, 2019
The privacy-minded network Tor helps users to leapfrog one of the trickier aspects of setting up a bitcoin and lightning node, according to bitcoin startup Casa.
Casa CTO Jameson Lopp addressed this point during a talk at CoinDesk’s Consensus 2019 conference, where he discussed what Casa has learned about its product – a plug-and-play bitcoin and lightning node that aims to make it easier for users to run the software.
“With Tor, we were able to punch through all these networking issues.”
While it may sound contradictory, one of the biggest issues when setting up a Casa full node (which Lopp said takes up a “significant portion” of staff support time) is making sure that other nodes can see it on the network.
To do so, users need to set up “port forwarding.”
In theory, this should be a simple process.
A user just plugs in the port number the node is running on into their router’s port forwarding website.
But users have all sorts of problems, Lopp said, since there are “hundreds of thousands” of different routers with different settings, and some are easier to set up than others.
“The only downside is you have to get a Tor browser,” Lopp said, which he admitted is not the easiest process.
“It’s easier to do that than going through all this networking complexity,” he said.