Building an Ethereum Node for Staking w/ Rocket Pool – Part 1: Hardware and Operating System Install

Build a local Ethereum node for validating and staking using popular hardware components. This first video covers hardware selection and operating system installation.

The Ethereum merge is upon us, where the current Ethereum Mainnet will “merge” with the beacon chain proof-of-stake system. Kiln, the latest merge testnet, has launched meaning the proof-of-stake transition is underway. Prepare for this event by setting up a local, decentralized Ethereum node. The multipart series will cover an end-to-end build, setup, deployment, and maintenance of an Ethereum node using the Rocket Pool CLI. Rocket Pool is a first of its kind ETH2 Proof of Stake Protocol, designed to be community owned, decentralized and trustless. Stake your Ether without the need for centralized services.

Timestamps:

00:00:11 – Intel NUC i7
00:00:17 – Samsung 970 EVO Plus 2TB PCIe SSD
00:00:25 – Samsung 32 GB DDR4 2666MHz RAM Memory x2
00:00:31 – NUC unboxing
00:01:11 – Loosen four bottom screws
00:01:38 – Remove SSD screw
00:01:57 – Insert RAM modules
00:02:18 – Tighten four bottom screws
00:02:42 – Connect a keyboard for OS install
00:02:59 – Connect a screen for OS install
00:03:07 – Create and plugin a bootable USB drive with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
00:03:19 – Select Ubuntu Installation
00:03:37 – Select Install Ubuntu
00:03:41 – Select keyboard layout
00:03:46 – Select updates and software
00:03:50 – Select Erase disk and install Ubuntu
00:03:55 – Write changes to disk (Continue)
00:04:01 – Select a Location
00:04:06 – Create Login Credentials (add SSH later)
00:04:11 – Installing…
00:04:18 – Installation Complete
00:04:26 – Remove USB and press ENTER on keyboard to boot
00:04:38 – Add a wired internet connection (for best performance)
00:05:01 – Build Complete
00:05:10 – Up next… Part 2: Ethereum Node Software and Syncing

Next Video in Series:

Building an Ethereum Node for Staking w/ Rocket Pool – Part 2: Software & Syncing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hj8c4Z9yxxs

Components:

NUC 10th Generation Intel Core i7:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08357VWB2?ref_=cm_sw_r_cp_ud_dp_XS4Q0QQ6WBNHYK6WAW1J&_encoding=UTF8&tag=alfarok-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=3d82c096f01bb9b4728a5169e7a3f010&camp=1789&creative=9325
Samsung 970 EVO Plus 2TB PCIe SSD:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MFZXR1B?ref_=cm_sw_r_cp_ud_dp_5ER6BJ4C8PJJM5QNK2BP&_encoding=UTF8&tag=alfarok-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=eccc5365195c33f36e446bc06eac7a11&camp=1789&creative=9325
Samsung 32GB DDR4 2666MHz RAM Memory x2:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07N124XDS?ref_=cm_sw_r_cp_ud_dp_SY9QXJ7NRVB91FPQGF2M&_encoding=UTF8&tag=alfarok-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=36571ab167e94497057e8af586bb25af&camp=1789&creative=9325
7 Inch Capacitive Touch Screen LCD Display HDMI Module 1024×600:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01F3801A2?ref_=cm_sw_r_cp_ud_dp_KN2JH5Z2VC82MZB28C79&_encoding=UTF8&tag=alfarok-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=69a7009d40023d867ae5034842d94f40&camp=1789&creative=9325

References:

Ethereum Foundation – https://ethereum.org/en/staking/
Rocket Pool Docs – https://docs.rocketpool.net/guides/node/responsibilities.html

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