The node is your gateway to the Bitcoin network.
When you run a Bitcoin node, you have a full copy of the Bitcoin ledger, aka the blockchain. Your node downloads new blocks as they are generated by miners and verifies them before they are accepted. Your node, your rules. Your node also has the ability to serve blocks for other nodes to download. Bitcoin is a scalable and ressilient network made up of nodes.
When you run a node you strengthen the Bitcoin network.
Your node is also a gateway for your Bitcoin wallet. It allows your wallet to verify transactions. Bitcoin is trustless and it provides you with all the tools that you need to cut reliance on third-parties.
Don’t Trust. Verify.
Build your own node
Build a RaspiBlitz
The RaspiBlitz is a do-it-yourself Lightning Node based on LND running together with a Bitcoin-Fullnode on a RaspberryPi.
A direct descendant of the original Bitcoin software client released by Satoshi Nakamoto.
Run your own Bitcoin and Lightning Network node on a Raspberry Pi or any Linux OS.