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This section is aimed at helping you understand the process of preparing a local machine for use as a Rocket Pool node at home.


Selecting Staking Hardware shows a wide variety of viable hardware configurations for node operation, hopefully helping you find inspiration when picking what to get for yourself.

Preparing a PC, Mini-PC, or NUC walks you through the basic steps of installing and configuring the base Operating System on your machine to prepare it for life as a node.

Preparing a Mac is the same, but for macOS systems.

Intro to Secure Shell (SSH) shows you how to use SSH, a popular remote-access tool for working with your node machine remotely and securely from a different machine (such as a laptop or desktop) so you don't have to interact with the node directly via a monitor and keyboard connected to it.

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