Try the Lightning Network in test mode today, it's really cool

Discussion in 'General Bitcoin Gambling Discussion' started by Humble Servant, Dec 20, 2017.

  1. Humble Servant

    Humble Servant Active Member Staff Member

    I know many of you bitcoin users out there are getting a little bit frustrated by the rising fees and the congested network but have no fear, the release of the Lightning Network is approaching and you will soon be able to send instant and limitless bitcoin transactions for hundreds of a penny. There are some people out there who claim that the Lightning Network is simply vapourware that will never see the light of day. I think this is untrue because you can now send and receive LN payments on the bitcoin testnet if you'd like to demo this revolutionary technology. Here's how....

    Visit and select the "Got it, I wrote it down!" button. This will create a Lightning Network wallet for you that contains some free testnet bitcoins that you can use to try out the new network. Now that you've got your tBTC (testnet BTC) you can spend them by either send them to another account, buying an article at or purchase a coffee at
  2. Lance

    Lance Member

    It's also now working on the real bitcoin blockchain and not just the testnet but they haven't opened it up....

  3. Jake21

    Jake21 Member

    is this something the average user will be able to use or will it be so complicated that only nerds can figure out how to use it? what are the advantages of lightning network transactions of regular onchain transactions also?
  4. Humble Servant

    Humble Servant Active Member Staff Member

    I think it may take a little while for wallet developers to figure out an easy to use GUI for the LN that even the biggest luddite can understand. Personally I think a good analogy they could use is comparing the current bitcoin network to a "Savings" account, while the Lightning Network will become your "Checking" account.

    Companies like Zap Wallet are already creating wallets with a pretty nice UX.

  5. Humble Servant

    Humble Servant Active Member Staff Member

    Super exciting news, TorGuard VPN have now started accepting Lightning Network payments for their VPN services. Since there are no easy to use wallet released yet, you can only pay using the LN via command line...

  6. NKOTB

    NKOTB Member

    Wow, I use TunnelBear VPN but I think I'll switch to TorGuard seeing as they now support Lightning. Great job guys!
  7. 4TheWin

    4TheWin Member

    Blockstream have opened a Lightning Network only ecommerce site where you can buy Blockstream merchandise....

  8. Humble Servant

    Humble Servant Active Member Staff Member

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  10. Lance

    Lance Member

    For a couple of hundred dollars you can now buy a CasaHODL node that contains both a bitcoin full node and a Lightning Node. It's basically just plug and play and will have you up and running and using the Lightning Network in a few hours. Really cool...

  11. Hernia

    Hernia Member

    I love the new Lightning Labs apps for desktops. It's almost as easy to use as custodial wallets and you don't need a full done. Can't wait for the iPhone version. Works great on my Mac.


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