• Umbrel is preparing to launch a plug-and-play Bitcoin node server

  • Umbrel, an operating system (OS) designed for running a Bitcoin node, Lightning Network node, and other self-hosted applications on a Raspberry Pi, has announced a partnership with Bitcoin node hardware manufacturer The Bitcoin Machines to provide a plug-and-play Umbrel server solution.

    “The server has a beautiful all-aluminum design with a 1.8″ display, and is powered by a Raspberry Pi 4 with 1.6GHz quad-core CPU and 8GB RAM, with storage options of 1TB and 2TB SSD,” according to a press release sent to Bitcoin Magazine.

    When Umbrel first launched, it delighted non-technical Bitcoin users with its emphasis on usability, user interface (UI), and user experience (UX). Even so, users had to manually install the operating system on a Raspberry Pi. The new offering aims to make running a Bitcoin node easier for even more people, as all users have to do is plug the prebuilt device into their routers and forget about it. The Bitcoin Machines store already has the server available for order, with prices starting at $429 for 1TB and $559 for 2TB.

    “People have been continually amazed at how easy it has become to run your Bitcoin and Lightning Network node, and now an entire personal server, with Umbrel since we launched,” said Mayank Chhabra, cofounder and CEO of Umbrel. “However, assembling your own Umbrel server from a hardware standpoint…still requires multiple steps, which can be intimidating for many.”

    “That’s why we’re so excited to partner with The Bitcoin Machines to offer a plug-and-play Umbrel server,” Chhabra continued. “You literally just have to connect the device to your router, turn it on, and that’s it!” Digital privacy and self-sovereignty have just become much more accessible to the general public.”

    Running your own Bitcoin node is essential for a variety of reasons, the most important of which is that it is the only way to know exactly how much bitcoin you have. A node is the only way to truly benefit from Bitcoin’s trustless property; if you don’t run a node yourself, someone else will.

    Umbrel began as an operating system designed to make it easier for mainstream users to participate in the Bitcoin peer-to-peer network. However, the OS recently expanded its capabilities by allowing ten new self-hosted apps to be downloaded from its app store. Users could then create their own self-contained, private solutions, such as file hosting, messaging, and photo and video hosting, among other things.

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