What is Mysterium Network?
Mysterium Network is building a dVPN, a crypto VPN in essence where a distributed network of nodes all over the world are paid for providing a VPN service in a bandwidth marketplace.
It’s been a whirlwind of a year at Mysterium Network
We wrapped up 2018 releasing our Android app (which has recently undergone some quality updates! So check it out and let us know what you think).
Nostalgia mixes with excitement as we compare where we’re at today with how much further we can take Mysterium Network.
As always, we are ever grateful for our growing community of nodes. You guys are the network, and we’re here to serve you.
By the numbers
In 2018 at any given time we had an average of 40 – 50 nodes, all powering away to help kickstart this network and push the movement forward. These were initially data center nodes, with residential nodes slowly filtering in. At the time we were struggling to enable stable and robust connections due to the inconsistent nature of the hardware they ran on.
In 2019 we grew that number to 400! That’s 10 x growth, but with a very important differentiating factor – a much stronger focus on Raspberry Pis to help us create a stable permissionless VPN network.
As a young company pioneering a niche technology that’s a huge achievement. It also means we have a few hundred people who already believe in our vision and want to make the internet a better, fairer and more inclusive domain.
Over the past year, we also...
These little guys can change the world (wide web)
1. Introduced Raspberry Pi as a staple of our node network.
Pis have proven to be our most stable node to date, providing the most consistent bandwidth. These little devices have catalysed our network growth and through them we’ve found a way to make being a node far easier and rewarding. Once up and running, our users can just forget all about them.
We are exploring more node platforms to release in 2020. Have suggestions? Tell us which platform, device or mechanism and we might just have a bounty for you to help us create it…
2. Launched our node pilot.
We incentivised people to join our network, run a node and provide a service. This has been put in place as a Research and Development initiative and has seen multiple iterations. From this pilot, we’ve been able to understand network dynamics and test the speed, strength and integrity of our network. As a crypto VPN, building a P2P network beginning to test incentive mechanics was extremely important for us. A huge thanks to our wonderful community of nodes for sticking with us and for providing invaluable feedback, helping us we refine and grow Mysterium Network.
3. Began testing payments.
You asked, and you shall receive!
We announced that we’re close to launching payments on Mysterium. Crypto VPN payments are a crucial element of our network. As such, we needed to design a solution which was capable of meeting real world requirements of scalability and affordability. This system also had to comply with the ethos of decentralised ecosystems. These are two opposing forces, with no current solutions suitable for our use case.
But we believe we’ve developed a unique solution that fits our requirements.
This is more than just an exciting milestone for Mysterium Network We have worked extensively towards this moment for the better part of the year and are almost ready to deploy it.
4. Partnered with Avado
AVADO enables you to be a part of your favourite decentralised projects, like Mysterium. The team created an amazingly simple plug and play hardware device that connects you to many different kinds of blockchains. Using the AVADO Box, anyone can become a node to help power decentralised networks and earn cryptocurrency in the process.
This is the first of many partnerships to come. Learn what they mean for you and for the Web3 in our blog post.
Building an app and want to provide your users with privacy? Learn how you can build on top of our network by checking out our GitHub.
5. Created a new platform for node runners.
We built a new platform for our node community, called My.Mysterium.Network (MMN).
This dashboard-style interface is designed to improve the entire node running experience. It’s a crucial part of our updated node infrastructure. All it takes is some quick setting up and login details to get you started!
Now all our nodes can easily link their nodes and watch their earnings grow. We also built a strong support system with help.mysterium.network and the implementation of intercom (live chat).
6. Enabled live streaming traffic from three businesses.
Real world traffic is flowing from B2B integrations into our network.
Building a B2B business while disrupting a market is no mean feat. In the last quarter of 2019 we’ve taken business partners through testing and integration, tested assumptions on how IPs will be treated by different services and gotten a more nuanced understanding of real world requirements of a permissionless VPN network.
We are working on streamlining partnerships, cleaning up documentation and offering a rock solid service to our business integration partners. Need Residential IPs? Talk to us.
7. Kicked off our ambassador program, Mysterium Army.
We consider our community to be our strongest asset. We’ve been a grassroots dVPN project since Day One. And we need your help in educating others on privacy, anti-censorship and the need for VPNs.
Enlist in our Army and discover how you can help us in this battle for the internet we all deserve.
We cooled it somewhat on events this year to really focus on making our tech the best it can be.
But stay tuned for 2020, where we will be teaming up with other projects to host hackathons so you can not only learn about, but help us build and improve our network!
To all our nodes, community members, partners and supporters, we want to say the BIGGEST thank you from the bottom of our ethernet cables (and hearts).
We hope 2020 will be the year which launches our network into the stratosphere.