Tips on Running Multiple Nodes

I am not a developer, but I managed to create a DarkNode using Digital Ocean and the very easy to follow instructions. Thanks for the great support.

As I have watched the system grow and develop, I’m thinking it might be worthwhile to invest in a second (or maybe even third) DarkNode. So, while the economics of this helps me with evaluating this thought, I am not really sure about the technical side and how it would work. For example:

  1. Will I need to create a separate Digital Ocean account and pay an additional $5 per month or can I just use the one I have and use it for two or more DarkNodes? (The cost is not really relevant here, just knowing how to proceed).

  2. Within the REN Command Center, after I set up the second Node are all of the rewards and fees consolidated or kept separate? For example, when I transfer earnings out can I use one transfer for all BTC or will I need separate transfers for each Node? Also, will the ETH in my current account be used for both Nodes or will I need to add ETH to both Nodes? If ETH is used for both Nodes, is there any cost savings for having two compared to only one?

  3. If I need to keep the Nodes separate, does this mean I would need to create a separate EtherWallet to link to the Node as well?

I would really appreciate any insights I can get on this and hearing about any other caveats I need to be aware of, or benefits I could derive, from having multiple Nodes.


Hi, to run another darknode you can use the same command line, same api etc. Just use a different name for the new node.
Each darknode will run on a separate vps.
All the rewards are kept separate. But you can claim rewards for multiple nodes with one click.
You can use separate Ethereum wallets if you wish. But if you use the same wallet, then you can see all your nodes in the command center at the same time.
The eth added top your nodes is used to claim your rewards from the renvm to your darknode. to send the rewards to your wallet is a separate transaction

Thanks for the reply.

Just to I make sure I am completely clear, if I understand your comments correctly then from the instructions for a Windows OS I just need to start from Step 5 using the same API token I used for my first DarkNode and just include a new name? Once that is done I will be able to register the new DarkNode in my current Command Center?

Yes, just use a new name for the new node. all the configuration files for the nodes are stored in folders with the names of each node.