Frequently Asked Questions
An exit node is an “endpoint” IP and location for the client (user of the dVPN connection) to use. So if you are running an exit node, and a user uses your node to surf the internet, they would be using your IP and your bandwidth to surf the internet.
A relay node is a “mid-point” in the network. This means the dVPN client/user would not be surfing the internet with this node’s IP or bandwidth - but instead are a relay point or a middle point passing the connection along.
This is a popular question, and there are 2 great resources we recommend to read up on this in more detail:
Sentinel is a member of the DVPN alliance, and there is an article about hosting exit nodes here:
You can read through a blog post about someone hosting a TOR exit node for 5 years
Here are some highlights:
“In total, I've received around 50 DMCA infringement notices, 20 abuse complaints, and zero visits from the Feds. After 5 years, I must have transferred petabytes of normal Tor traffic. Hopefully, I've helped users in restrictive environments see the unfiltered Internet. Or helped people keep their privacy and anonymity intact while online. Sorry to disappoint you if you were expecting SWAT teams and black helicopters and mad car chases through the streets. Real life is much more boring.”
Dmca notices are a guarantee, and it is not sustainable at someone own residence with Comcast and these other scam providers
If the Indigitus dVPN router is on for the month continually, the minimum it will earn is 35 usd per month paid out in DVPN token.
Through sentinel dvpn incentivization (premining). The minimum of $35 a month in dvpn tokens is excluding the router’s monetized income.
The minimum payout is the baseline for having your node online and available. There is additional payouts for the actual bandwidth usage.
Also factor in the staking rewards of the DVPN token, as well as the potential of token price appreciation as adoption grows.
For internet speed issues, as of now there is no code in the sentinel node that'll allow for the node to limit how much of its internet connection it shares to the network, but it can be easily done.
For data usage issues, same thing, as of right now there is no code that can let a node limit the total internet being used by the network, but it can be easily done.
It is designed to allow others users to access your EXCESS bandwidth on your network. Therefore, you have priority as a user of your own internet, but any unused or excess bandwidth you have will be provided to others.
When you share your bandwidth with multiple people the bandwidth will be distributed based on the internet traffic. If the traffic from others is very high, it definitely decreases internet speed for you. But this is only in specific conditions. Sentinel will be adding a feature to limit the internet speed for outsiders.
The router does not consume more energy than any other router you would leave on all day.
This is a POB - proof of bandwidth, it is not like bitcoin’s POW - proof of work. In a POB - your simply providing your bandwidth in exchange for token rewards. But in Bitcoin / POW (proof of work) you need a high end computer / mining rig that is trying to “Crack” an algorithm, thus making more energy consumption.
Short answer- Indigitus’s products are not increasing processing - they are running like any other router and the energy consumed is the same.
No. This is simply allowing users to connect to other wifi / bandwidth locations. Of course, feel free to install any software or add ons to your computer like any other wifi connection.
Sentinel has an active mainnet with thousands of customers - especially on mobile. They are sorta first movers next to Mysterium and have a head start .. once these sentinel nodes go live, we will have a rich market to sell our bandwidth to.
The problem with deeper is that they are selling miners to everyone without having customers. No one wants bandwidth because they all want to mine! Eric Ma even said that right now almost all/majority of revenue is purely off of miner sales and that in the future they introduce a subscription service to charge new customers who just sign up via online. So you won’t actually have a rich market until a couple of months/years. Again mainnet is not even live.
Sentinel is lowkey being undervalued vs deeper bc of hype right now.
A - when choosing which node to connect to on the network, you will seee if they are running a Handshake node or not. The Handshake node is on by default in the node settings, so most should have it on.
Note : But you have to trust the node you're connected to run the hns node correctly because you are trusting them to verify the hns blockchain
Yes there is, but for token and Sentinel information, as well as the white paper, check the protocol’s official website at http://sentinel.co
Yes it has the function for all 3. Although to be clear we may find cases where some ISPs dont allow it to be a modem and you would need to use their official modem and connect this wifi to it. We are addressing these and working on adapters and solutions for those cases as we develop more.
Definitions: Modem connects the network, router allows you to connect other devices to it, dvpn… we know what that is.
The bridge mode is usually used when many users use the same network, like Internet cafes.
Whitelist is the ability to only allow users surfing on your excess bandwidth to visit those sites in the white list. This is set at the Sentinel protocol level, and will be pre-defined websites set by Sentinel. As the protocol develops, there may be multiple whitelists you can choose from on your Indigitus node, whereby the clients (users) who connect to your node will be informed what websites they are able to visit on your network.
It is a platform, and is rapidly being developed to allow you as the Indigitus node host to configure your settings. But it must fit within a clear protocol so that users choosing which node to connect to will be clear what websites they can visit - so we need to balance both sides for a standard.
Yes. The Sentinel protocol does not currently show the clients which type of network it is on, and clients (users) will not be able to choose / filter between the 2. In the future, the Sentinel protocol may make updates that differentiate residential IP from data center IP. But keep in mind, there is the limit of 1 Indigitus router per IP.
Yes, it will work.
5ghz = 5-5.89ghz
The current Indigitus router only has internal antenna, it does not support / have an external antenna jack. If there are smart antennas that can be connected, this is the way to go.
A node and a validator are a bit different. We recommend asking about it in the main Sentinel Telegram group. In our perspective, you would need to have a significant amount of DVPN token