Pecunia Platform is a general crypto node hosting and monitoring solution which focuses on ease of use and budget considerate users. The platform takes care of the entire node setup process and provides you with the IP address as well as the enodeid of the node. This is all you need to setup your Etho Protocol (and Xerom node as well!)
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The setup process is very simple, and we mean very simple.
First you have to create an account over at https://pecuniaplatform.io/authentication/register
Once the account is created, login and deposit some crypto to pay for your nodes. The following cryptos are supported:
Paying with Ethereum only takes about 10-15 minutes. The process is self-explanatory. After selecting how much you want to pay and which currently you want to pay with, you'll be taken to a payment page where you'll be given the address where to send payment & track its status. Once your payment has been processed you will see the status change to successful & your balance will be reflected on the billing page.
With the financials out of the way, it's time to setup the node. Don't fret, this is the easiest part!
Go to the home page and follow the instructions in the screenshot below. First type Etho Protocol in the search field and then click in the empty space next to the node you'd like to setup.
Next you'll see a new window which confirms the node type you've selected; confirm the information and click Continue
On the next screen you will be provided general information about the logistics of the process along with an option to select hosting for a longer term. You will need to have your funding in place before you can proceed with the setup.
The final step will ask you whether you'd like to setup a Xerom node alongside the Etho Protocol node, for the same price. Select the node type if you'd like to do this or select None if there will be no Xerom node. You cannot change the Xerom selection in the future; you'll need to setup a brand new node to make any changes.
Hit Create and let the setup process finish!
That's it! After the setup is finished you'll be presented with the IP address you need to use for the rest of the setup process. The steps are the same
After setting up the Etho Protocol node software on your Unit-enabled server, you need to verify the node and tether it to your account on the Etho Protocol node website. This is to ensure that you control the collateral being used for the node, along with providing information such as node type, and IP address to the Etho Protocol network.
From here select the node dashboard and create an account using your E-Mail address and password.
After making an account and logging into the node dashboard, you will see the following screen:
This screen shows useful information, such as a map displaying the geographical location of your nodes. The table shows what nodes you have, their unique ID numbers and IP addresses. The most important section here is Node Uptime. As only when a node has > 95% up-time will it be eligible for payouts, so it's important to keep an eye on the status of your nodes to ensure everything is running properly!
In order to add the node to your account, click on the Add Node button. This will take you to the following page:
This page requires you to select the type of node, either Service Node or Master Node, along with the IP address of the VPS which the node software is running on. (Remember this can be found on the Vultr server page detailed earlier in the guide.)
The ETHO wallet address must be the same address which holds the collateral for the node. For a Master Node, this is 15,000 coins, whereas a Service Node only requires 5,000 coins. The balance of the address can exceed the collateral requirement, but you must maintain the minimum balance in order to be eligible for payouts.
You can get the address from the Desktop wallet by simply clocking on the address.
After submitting this information, you will need to send a small verification transaction of 0.01 ETHO, this is to verify the balance of the wallet address and to confirm that you have ownership over the address by making a transaction from it. (At this point the 0.01 ETH0 is not recoverable.)
The node should now be present in the dashboard but the node is not verified. This means the node is not eligible for payouts. To verify the node click on the details button at the end of the table.
The verification address (highlighted in blue) is the address which the 0.01 ETHO must be sent to in order to verify the node.
It is important NOT to send the collateral to this address, only the 0.01 ETHO verification amount, as any funds sent to the verification address are not currently recoverable.
After sending the transaction, it will appear in the windows wallet. Once the transaction is confirmed by the network, copy the transaction ID from the windows wallet to the node verification page on the Etho Protocol website.
You can find the Transaction ID by clicking on the transaction within the windows wallet:
After pasting this link into the node page, click the Add button. This will take a few seconds to verify and then you will be returned to the node dashboard.
Exlo from Etho Protocol has generously provided us with a video guide of how to setup a Pecunia Node along with the Node Staking Dashboard. Using this method you have no KYC/AML and the option to run your nodes with complete privacy whilst paying with crypto.