[Bitcoin-development] Zero-Conf for Full Node Discovery

Matt Whitlock bip at mattwhitlock.name
Tue May 26 04:37:18 UTC 2015

This is very simple to do. Just ping the "all nodes" address (ff02::1) and try connecting to TCP port 8333 of each node that responds. Shouldn't take but more than a few milliseconds on any but the most densely populated LANs.

On Monday, 25 May 2015, at 11:06 pm, Jim Phillips wrote:
> Is there any work being done on using some kind of zero-conf service
> discovery protocol so that lightweight clients can find a full node on the
> same LAN to peer with rather than having to tie up WAN bandwidth?
> I envision a future where lightweight devices within a home use SPV over
> WiFi to connect with a home server which in turn relays the transactions
> they create out to the larger and faster relays on the Internet.
> In a situation where there are hundreds or thousands of small SPV devices
> in a single home (if 21, Inc. is successful) monitoring the blockchain,
> this could result in lower traffic across the slow WAN connection.  And
> yes, I realize it could potentially take a LOT of these devices before the
> total bandwidth is greater than downloading a full copy of the blockchain,
> but there's other reasons to host your own full node -- trust being one.
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