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To connect your node, you need either a network router with a free RJ-45 port and an ethernet cable or a router running a 2.4Ghz Wi-fi network. If you want to connect via Wi-fi, you will also need either a monitor that supports HDMI (along with a HDMI cable) and a keyboard, or a microSD card reader that works with your computer.

Connecting your SHN to your network

To connect your home node, you have two options: ethernet and Wi-fi.

Connecting via ethernet

Simply plug in an ethernet cable running to your router into the Raspberry Pi before you connect the power cable. Once you’ve done that, proceed to  find your SHN on your network.

Connecting via Wi-fi

To set up Wi-fi, you can either connect your SHN to a monitor and keyboard OR use a microSD card reader.

Monitor & Keyboard

Connect your monitor to the Raspberry Pi with an HDMI cable and plug in a USB keyboard. Connect power to the Raspberry Pi, wait for it to boot up, then log in with the default credentials – user “pi”, password “raspberry”

Once you are logged in, run the command

sudo raspi-config

You will see a graphical interface. First, select “Network Options”, then “Wi-fi”. In the following screens, select your country (this is necessary in order to use the correct frequencies), then enter your Wi-fi SSID (its name) and the password. Once you are done, select “Finish” and restart your Raspberry Pi. Then proceed to finding your SHN on your network.

microSD card reader

Put the microSD card from the Raspberry Pi into your card reader and connect it with your computer. In the root directory of the SD card, create a text file called wpa_supplicant.conf and add the following text to it:

ctrl_interface=DIR=/var/run/wpa_supplicant GROUP=netdev update_config=1

Replace YOURCOUNTRYCODE with the two letter ISO code of your country, YOURNETWORKSSID with the name of your wireless network and YOURNETWORKPASSWORD with the password of your wireless network (the password will be encrypted during the installation). Eject the SD card, put it back into your Raspberry Pi and connect the power cable, then proceed to finding your SHN on your network.

Finding your SHN on your network

Next, you need to find the IP address your SHN has been assigned by your router. How you do this depends on your operating system.


Download the Adafruit Pi Finder for Windows and run it. It will detect your Raspberry Pi and allow you to connect by clicking the “Terminal” button. Proceed to installation.


Open Terminal.app and run the following command:

ping raspberrypi.local -c1 | head -1 | awk -F ” ” ‘{print $3}’

You should see a single line containing the IP address of your home node.

If you don’t get an address, use the Linux command below.


Open a shell and run the following command:

arp -na | grep -i b8:27:eb | head -1 | awk -F ‘ ‘ ‘{print $2}’

You should see a single line containing the IP address of your home node.


Now you’re ready to install! Using Putty or a terminal, connect to your SHN using the address you found in the last step and the username “pi” – the default password is “raspberry” – don’t worry, we will change this in a bit.

Once you are logged in, run this line:

bash <( wget -qO – https://raw.githubusercontent.com/vulcano-crypto/shn/master/prepare.sh )

The installer will prepare some things, then ask you to change your password. After that, your Raspberry will reboot. Wait for a minute, log into your Raspberry again, then run this command:

sudo bash shn.sh

Now the Secure Home Node will be installed. After a while, you will see the following line:

I will open the getinfo screen for you in watch mode now, close it with CTRL + C once we are fully synced.

Then you will see the status of vulcanod syncing. Once the sync is complete (when the number of blocks displayed is up to the current block height), press Ctrl+c to finish the installation. You will be shown some information, among that the configuration line you need to add your your masternode.conf on your local wallet. Press Enter to restart one more time.

While the Raspberry Pi is rebooting, add the line you got from the script to masternode.conf, restart your wallet, open the debug console and start your masternode with the command

startmasternode alias false <mymnalias>

where <mymnalias> is the name of your masternode, TORNODE by default.

Congratulations, you’re done!


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