[tor-relays] A few questions about my setting up my first Tor relay.
csw34 at cam.ac.uk
Fri Apr 18 22:23:08 UTC 2014
That sounds great Nastase, please share the results!
On 18 Apr 2014 23:14, "Nastase G. Eduard" <nastase.eduard at gmail.com> wrote:
> Well, this really convinced me on using Raspberry as a relay. Very nice
> guide. Due to the very low power consumption I'm thinking on setting relays
> that are battery and solar powered (I'll build some grapheme
> supercapacitators) and using an anonymous internet connection (3G/4G via a
> mobile router, very easy to obtain). Could be something nice.
> Richard Budd <rotorbudd at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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:
>> Good luck!
>> 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).
>>> 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
>>> 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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