[tor-relays] A few questions about my setting up my first Tor relay.

Richard Budd rotorbudd at gmail.com
Fri Apr 18 17:03:43 UTC 2014

I would second the Raspberry Pi as a Tor relay/bridge.
Very low power consumption and no noise too boot!

On Fri, Apr 18, 2014 at 5:47 AM, Chris Whittleston <csw34 at cam.ac.uk> wrote:

> Hey Robert,
> Thanks for your interest in setting up a relay! I see you've already had
> some replies to your questions but let me add a slightly different
> suggestion - buying a Raspberry Pi for ~£25 and running your relay from
> there. This has the advantage of being extremely low in power requirements
> and doesn't need you to leave one of your other machines on all the time.
> If you're curious about this option, I've written up some pretty detailed
> instructions here:
> https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bf_D_j1O-9ckTS9DY8ngIdiFwHta6Q5Uj_5dvOiavCQ/edit?usp=sharing
> Good luck!
> Chris
> On 18 Apr 2014 07:21, "Robert Smith" <kittenjuggler at ymail.com> wrote:
>> Judging by the level of your computer skills implied by the emails, those
>> involved in Tor have better things to do than help a guy like me.  I think
>> it is important to the entire world that the internet links us together,
>> and Tor may be the most crucial part of that.
>> I have 3 machines as possible candidates for a Tor relay:
>> A)  A decent PC (around 6 years old) with Vista installed.  It's been
>> unused for 2 years.  I am willing to do a clean re-install of Vista or even
>> Linux (with help) to run it as a Tor relay, night and day.
>> B)  A MacBook Pro (4gb ram, Intel, Snow Leopard).  Again, I am willing to
>> wipe it, and do a clean install of the OS and use it for a Tor relay, night
>> and day.
>> C)  My personal laptop an Asus G74S (12gb ram, i7 quad core 2.2ghz, Win7
>> Home Premium 64bit), which I "sleep" most nights.
>> Modem:  DSL from "Telus" (in Victoria, BC, Canada) with 4 ports (I use 1
>> cable port to my personal computer, 1 wireless port for my iPad or Android
>> cell phone).
>> Questions:
>> 1)  If I run a Tor relay with that modem, are there any security risks to
>> the other devices?  I am no technical guru.
>> 2)  If I run a Tor relay on either (or both the Vista PC and MacBook) of
>> the computers mentioned above, will it be mostly a "set it and forget it"
>> maintenance?  I cannot devote much time (and definitely don't have much
>> expertise).
>> 3)  Will I compromise the anonimity of Tor users due to my lack of
>> technical skills while running a Tor relay?  I don't want to do more damage
>> than good.
>> 4)  Can I throttle down the bandwidth on my Tor relay(s) when I need it
>> for my own personal machine?  I don't want to disrupt the Tor net.
>> 5)  Can you suggest the best way to use my machine(s) to make a reliable,
>> maintenance free and secure Tor relay, requiring the least amount of time?
>> I am guessing it's the MacBook cabled to the DSL, running only Tor relay
>> software, and running only a normal relay.
>> 6)  At this point is it worth my while, to attempt a Tor bridge or exit
>> relay or am I even capable of doing it properly?  I have little experience
>> or expertise in networking and not much time.
>> Thanks for spending your valuable time reading my questions.  I hope to
>> make it pay off, in a long term Tor relay.
>> Rob Smith
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