Step 4.2 ETH client configuration

What are ETH clients?

Ethereum clients play a pivotal role in the functioning of the Ethereum network. These software implementations allow users to interact with the Ethereum blockchain, enabling them to create and manage accounts, send transactions, and participate in the execution of smart contracts. Ethereum clients serve as a bridge between users and the decentralized Ethereum network, facilitating the validation of transactions across the network's nodes. Moreover, an Ethereum client is an implementation of Ethereum that verifies data against the protocol rules and keeps the network secure. Learn more

Ethereum clients consists of two parts: the execution layer and the consensus layer. Both layers are run by different client software. we learn more about the execution and consensus clients in the next step.

Select your preferred method for managing your Execution and Consensus clients.

  • Locally Managed: Choose this option If you currently do not manage an ETH client pair, The locally managed option lets the Stader Node take care of your execution and consensus client. Stader node will generate, set up, and manage a pair of Execution and Consensus Clients within Docker containers. Rest assured, you will have the opportunity to select your preferred execution and consensus client.

  • Externally managed: Choose this option if you prefer to utilize an existing client that you are already running and managing outside of the Stader node. By choosing this option, the Stader node will establish connections with your pre-existing clients, without deploying its own execution and consensus clients.

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