I built a RaspiBolt (Bitcoin & Lightning full node on a Raspberry Pi) for around $150 USD. It’s essentially the same as a Casa Node without the nice web UI for half the price.
Also made a video demonstrating how stupid fast Bitcoin via Lightning Network (“Bitcoin Lightning”) is by placing an actual eCommerce order and making a micropayment.
In my demo I’m using the command-line client, but there are much more user friendlier graphical interfaces out there for mobile/desktop. Hoping once you see how stupid fast Bitcoin Lightning is, and maybe make a transaction yourself, you’ll be more inclined to accept it as payment.
You don’t necessarily need to host your own full node, but it’s nice to have one, especially if you’re an enthusiast. It’s fun, you’ll learn a lot, and help secure the network! If building one is too much for you, I highly recommend the Casa Node as it’s a plug & go solution, otherwise here’s what what you’ll need:
You can buy these parts on ThePiHut.com:
– Raspberry Pi 3+ ($44 USD)
– Heatsinks ($4 USD)
– Quattro Case with VESA Mount ($12 USD)
– Universal Power Supply (5.1V 2.5A) ($11 USD)
– Raspbian Preinstalled 16GB Micro SD Card ($11 USD)
And these on Amazon.com:
– USB 3.0 to 2.5″ SATA III Adapter Cable ($11 USD)
– 1TB 2.5″ 5.4K HDD (~$50 USD) or 500GB 2.5″ SSD ($72 USD)
Once the hardware is acquired and assembled the rest is pretty straightforward thanks to Stadicus’ guide on GitHub here: https://git.io/fhf6H
Just follow it and you’ll have your RaspiBolt up and running in no time!
Come and Ride the Lightning! ⚡️