This is our first monthly Support Solutions Unchained, a quick read from Blockdaemon’s Customer Support team of helpful tips when using our platform and services. Each update will focus on something new we’ve added to improve the Blockdaemon app UI and experience, and some helpful reminders to accomplish a task with your Blockdaemon node that may have slipped past you.

Tip #1:  Connecting to your node

Once you’ve signed up for a Blockdaemon node, whether it is our free, shared node to experiment with blockchain and our app or a dedicated node for more advanced usage and features, the first step is how to connect to your node and network.

Upon signing in to your Blockdaemon account, you automatically land on your dashboard, where you’ll find useful information about your node: block height, CPU usage, disc space used, and other useful metrics. 

You’ll also find connection information like your node endpoint (with your personal authorization), and help center links for more info and support for any questions you may have.

How to connect to your node and network. 

For the seasoned technologist, connecting to a node is fairly straightforward and it doesn’t take a significant amount of time. However, if running cURL commands is not your daily bread and butter, this can normally be a bit more challenging and necessitate a bit of research. To avoid any complications, we’ve updated our app and turned the very common question, “Okay, so here’s my endpoint, what do I do next?”  into an easy 2-click path to being fully connected to your node. 

You’ll now find in your dashboard the full cURL command for connecting listed on the node card to easily copy and paste into your terminal program.

Let’s take a look:

When you first log in, you’ll see at the base of the dashboard, the full cURL command, with a copy icon just to the upper right.

  • Click on copy

  • Open your terminal utility and after pasting the info into the terminal, hit return, and kaboom, you’re connected.

The whole process takes only 5 seconds, I know, I timed it. And while this is a great for the less technically inclined, it’s also a great tool for experienced developers as well. Any task that can be semi-automated is, well, just one more task easily checked off the daily list.

You can find this article and other relevant material in our Knowledge Base which is full of articles on connecting, accessing, and running scripts on all our nodes..

Thanks for reading, and keep your eyes open for the next edition of Support Solutions Unchained.