Once you have your Beam wallet set up, you can either connect it to your own local node
(this would download the network info needed to allow transactions to and from the wallet)
or alternatively, you may connect your Beam wallet to a remote node
(using an external node synchronicity to populate transactions in and out),
Please follow this guide to connect your Beam wallet to a remote node.
In your Beam desktop wallet, choose the settings tab as shown.
Using the closest location to your Beam wallet, from the above list, add the node address and port into the relevant fields in your settings and then click APPLY.
You should shortly after, see a small green circle to indicate that you are connected to the remote node.
(A green padlock indicates that you are running a local node for your own wallet.)
WANT TO RUN YOUR OWN NODE?
Start by setting up your own Virtual Private Server.
CLICK HERE TO SET UP A VULTR ACCOUNT
Recommended for a Beam node – 25Gb SSD, 1 CPU, 1024Mb Memory 1Tb Bandwidth
(this is the cheapest too – $5 per month)
Once you have configured your VPS, to a location of your preference, log in to your VPS using a terminal with SSH Key deployed.
Firstly update your server.
sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade
Next, amend the configuration file, to see network peers
Whilst still within the nano text editor in the file beam-node.cfg, simply paste the following lines;
Once those lines are in, save the file by pressing CTRL-X.
Nano will ask if you want to overwrite the file, and with which name you wish to write it. Overwrite with the same file name, do not amend this.
So that is your connection configuration.
Now run your node using the following command.
screen -dmS NODE ./beam-node
This command will detach a screen ouput of the node synchronisation in a terminal that is not seen until you type the command;
When your node is fully synchronised, you will see an output similar to the image here. Note that the node shows 100%. Don’t connect a wallet to it or use it for any other usage (solo mining/build a pool etc) until it shows 100, and the time it takes will vary depending on the power of your VPS. At most, it may take around 8-9 hrs to fully synchronise (comparable data from a similar node in China, running 1 CPU VPS)
To detatch the screen again, press CTRL-A-D together, and the screen will disappear, whilst continuing to run the node.
Once your node is fully synchronised, then you are ready to connect a wallet to it. Your VPS provider will have given you an IP address of the server you are using to build the node.
The node address will simply be;
Add the IP to the settings tab of your wallet, with the port 10127 (as you added in the bean-node.cfg file and click apply!
It really couldn’t be simpler!
Now you have your own dedicated node, in a secure location away from your desktop wallet, one which you can use from anywhere (for example whilst travelling and connecting to public networks, or to allow you to run any number of different wallets (Desktop/Mobile/CLI)
Important note, do not try to run the same wallet seed on two seperate devices, without applying the same wallet owner key on your dedicated private node.