Using a remote node has its risks. The primary risk is that a remote node can get your IP address. If a remote node is malicious, the remote node operator now knows that there is a user of monero with an ACTIVE wallet at a given IP address. They can then scan your IP address to try and identify any open ports. If they find any open ports, they can test these ports to see if they can get in to your computer. Granted, this is true of ANY IP address that can be obtained from the monero peerlists. TL;DR, run your own node. If you can’t, make sure you have good firewalls, wallet passwords, and malware scanners.
Please run your own node
Remote nodes should be considered a last resort if you can’t get your own node working. The entire value of a decentralized cryptocurrency is its decentralized nature. If you are a mobile user, you can even setup your Moneroju wallet to connect to your home node. Please, take the time to try running your own node, or perhaps just use a remote node until your daemon is synchronized.
Wallets still look like they are “synchronizing”
When using a remote node, your wallet still needs to download the blockchain data. This is called “refreshing your wallet” and is done whenever you create, restore, or open your wallet.
Alternative download site because getmonero.org server is getting hosed
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REALLY make sure your open node is running with the –restricted-rpc flag. I left the explorer node open without the flag and someone started mining on it
To use remote nodes with the Monero GUI, include the node address under the Settings tab and be sure to use the proper port:
18089- Remote nodes volunteered by community members.
18081- Remote nodes maintained by Snipa
18081- Network nodes with 18081, possibly by accident.
18081- Same as above, but different DNS server.
To check that the above addresses are working, please checkout this website. If their are no type A records in the list, then there is something wrong with the DNS server maintaining that node list, and should not be used. The provided link checks out the moneroworld.com nodes. You can manually check the other domains by entering them on the website. You can also use that link to connect to a specific node instead of a random one.
Remote Node With Monero CLI
To use remote nodes with the Monero CLI, run the following code.
Collection of random open nodes consciously volunteered by other monerians:
High speed node network maintained by Snipa, developer and maintainer of xmrpool.net.
Largest list of random open nodes, unknown whether users are consciously volunteering these or not.
Please consider only using this to push transactions and not full wallet synchronization (monerotools.i2p also has a raw transaction pusher):
TOR Remote Nodes
Note – I don’t check these, at all. No idea if they work…
i2P Mining Route
For those that want to mine via i2p, you can with MoneroWorld.com. Instructions can be found at:
I will update this with a hostname once its registered. If you already know how to route via i2p, the mining port is: