[General] Helping the network (DHT) + bootstrap node

Jfreegman Jfreegman at tox.chat
Sun Nov 22 03:04:06 PST 2015

Hi Chris, 

Running a Tox client with UDP enabled does cause your client to 
passively act as a DHT node the same way a bootstrap node would do, 
which helps strengthen the network. It shouldn't matter if your IP is 
dynamic or static.

Bootstrap nodes require very little CPU. Bandwidth depends on whether 
or not you enable TCP relaying. TCP relays take up a significant amount 
of bandwidth (around 5-10 GiB per day from my experience). However if 
you disable TCP then it will take up no more bandwidth than a normal 
Tox client.

On Fri, 20 Nov, 2015 at 6:46 AM, CHRIS CLEMSON 
<chris.clemson at btinternet.com> wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I've just installed TOX and am playing with it.
> I have a (newbie) question about the DHT part:
> As most users will be behind NAT, does it help to run a TOX client on 
> a static public address to act as a relay, even if I'm not actively 
> using it for messaging?
> I know I could run a bootstrap node instead, which is a possibility, 
> but this is mainly a question about how the system works.
> On that side, roughly how much CPU and bandwidth would a bootstrap 
> node require?
> Thanks!
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