Opened 6 years ago

Closed 2 years ago

#12230 closed enhancement (fixed)

Seeking guidance on useful bandwith floor

Reported by: tmpname0901 Owned by: lunar
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Component: Community/Relays Version:
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It is not clear to me, and, it seems to a lot of other people, what minimum bandwidth a relay can run and still be useful.

I don't want to spend my time and money on a relay that is so slow that in practical terms it does not contribute to the Tor network. I have no interest at all in running a feel-good relay so I can feel virtuous by "helping". I understand that consensus weight is the determining factor for how traffic is directed, but one has to actually be running a relay to get the consensus value. Better to know in advance if the relay being considered would be beneficial.

If I run a 5Mbps relay does that improve the Tor network or just bloat the relay list for no practical purpose? How about a 1Mbps relay? How about the same 5Mbps relay when running as an exit node?

Please, please, please publish some sort of guidance as to which levels of bandwidth actually are useful.


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comment:1 Changed 6 years ago by karsten

Component: generalTor Support
Milestone: Tor: 0.2.4.x-final
Owner: set to lunar

Sounds like a question for support, either to give you an answer and/or to make sure this gets documented in the right place. Not sure if support folks will find your question here, so maybe also send mail to help@… and ask there. Thanks.

comment:2 Changed 6 years ago by arma

I say 100KBytes/s on the faq and the relay pages.

But it's true that a 100KBytes/s relay is only minimally useful these days.

Tickets like #1854 argue that 1MByte/s is a good floor for a relay that will meaningfully contribute.

The situation is complicated by the fact that it's not just about bandwidth, but it's also about diversity of location -- I assume a lot of people looking at the EFF Tor relay challenge are setting up their shiny new relays at the same big hosting provider as the last person, so maybe we're actually *decreasing* our diversity (and at the same time being inefficient with the hosting fees, since teaming up for one huge relay would typically get charged less (not to be confused with costing less, since bandwidth is often free if you don't go the route where they try to charge you).

There, that's enough rambling for now.

comment:3 Changed 4 years ago by isabela

Component: User Experience/Tor SupportCommunity/Tor Support

comment:4 Changed 3 years ago by teor

Severity: Normal

Set all open tickets without a severity to "Normal"

comment:5 Changed 2 years ago by teor

Component: Community/Tor SupportCommunity/Relays

This is probably answered in the relay guide already

comment:6 Changed 2 years ago by cypherpunks

Resolution: fixed
Status: newclosed
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