Full Node vs Remote Node Pros and Cons

Writing this to help any newcomers to crypto and Monero realize the differences and why one is better than the other.

Full Node Pros:

  1. More secure since you have your own copy of the blockchain which communicates with peers to confirm each node sees the same thing and avoiding any compromised nodes data.
  2. It helps keep the network operational and more secure.
  3. Disk storage is relatively cheap in this day and age and will only get cheaper.

Full Node Cons:

  1. Takes a while (hours to days) to verify and synchronize even using an NVME SSD. Though a HDD is many times slower for syncing.
  2. Takes longer to get up and running.
  3. The fact you need to use local storage.

Remote Node Pros:

  1. Faster initial synchronization to get up and running.
  2. Minimal local storage space used.

Remote Node Cons:

  1. Having to trust another internet computer and their copy of the blockchain.
  2. More people using less nodes is a danger to decentralization.
  3. Can't run your own P2Pool node.
  4. Can't solo mine.

I think this covers most of the important cases that I could think of at the moment.

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