Launch of the First Desktop dVPN Application on Sentinel and an Overview of Sentinel’s Progress

Introducing The Meile dVPN application, the first desktop based dVPN application built on the Sentinel Cosmos based dVPN infrastructure . The Meile dVPN application is currently out on Linux and Mac, and allows for people from all over the world to access Sentinel’s distributed and decentralized global network of p2p bandwidth service providers.

The Meile dVPN application which has been built by the Math Nodes team, focuses not only on providing a secure cross-platform desktop application with a simple user-interface, but also focuses on onboarding users who are not familiar with the usage of cryptocurrencies as a payment mechanism. The Meile dVPN features in an-application fiat on-ramp in the form of a credit card payment gateway system (powered by Stripe), which allows for the easy purchase of dVPN tokens for payment of bandwidth.

https://mathnodes.com/index.php/meile-dvpn-client-linux-os-x/

The latest version of the Meile dVPN can be found on the GitHub link below:

Solar Labs will begin the testing of its own desktop based dVPN applications soon. Download the Solar Labs mobile dVPN applications today!

Quick Overview of the Progress of Sentinel’s dVPN Network on Cosmos

The Sentinel dVPN network on Sentinel’s own Cosmos based Hub has been experiencing rapid growth, not only in-terms of community based bandwidth providers but also in-terms of the number of dVPN applications being released on the network as well as the success in on-ramp payment gateway integration.

The growth of the Sentinel ecosystem depends on the aggregate revenue earned by node hosts which is directly correlated to the success of dVPN applications built on Sentinel.

One of the key vision’s of the Sentinel ecosystem is to be able to host a global network of autonomous dVPN applications which all share the same bandwidth resource pool. Application creators can decide whether to develop their own application based off of the Sentinel-CLI, or fork existing desktop and mobile applications.

Both the Solar Labs and Math Nodes team decided to build cross-platform mobile and desktop based applications based off of the Sentinel-CLI, taking up the role as pioneers by building applications that can be forked and repackaged by white-label application owners.

The List of Mobile and Desktop Applications built on Sentinel Include:

iOS dVPN Application (w/on-ramp)-Solar Labs

Android dVPN Application (w/on-ramp)-Solar Labs

Mac dVPN Application (w/on-ramp)-Math Nodes (Solar Labs Soon)

Linux dVPN Application (w/on-ramp)-Math Nodes (Solar Labs Soon)

These applications can all now easily be forked by other teams and now function as base templates (for the time-being) for easy and fast application re-development and UI customization required for creating white-labelled dVPN applications.

The number of community based dVPN node hosts on the Sentinel network is now nearly 5000, as individuals from all over the world provide secure bandwidth from both residential and cloud IPs.

As the number of dVPN applications built on Sentinel as well as the number of overall users increases, bandwidth requirements will also increase and the infrastructure of the network must be able to handle demand surges for required bandwidth.

Refined and non-gameable node incentive structures are very important for a strong dVPN node network and there is a currently research and ongoing work in this areas which will be shared in further updates.

Another important aspect for the strength of the dVPN node network is the ease of hosting a dVPN node itself.

The HandyHost application makes it easy for users to host a dVPN node from a simple and engaging GUI which also provides statistics on consumption.

Download the Handyhost Application at

With software based solutions such as HandyHost, and upcoming hardware based router solutions, the learning curve to provide network resource on Sentinel is poised to become significantly reduced and more user-friendly as compared to the process of resource provision on other decentralized p2p networks.

The Global VPN industry is estimated to be worth over $30B and services billions of users worldwide. The user payments in the conventional VPN industry are predominantly powered by banking or credit-card related payment gateways.

dVPN applications built on Sentinel, like most dApps, intend to penetrate the mainstream userbase outside of the overall crypto ecosystem. However, unlike most dApps, dVPN applications built on Sentinel have a focus on providing on-ramp fiat payment solutions. These on-ramp solutions preserve the integrity of decentralization while removing the challenge of facilitating crypto based payments for non-crypto users.

Solar dVPN iOS on-ramp

Simply explained, the on-ramp solutions allow for users to purchase dVPN tokens through traditional fiat payment channels. These dVPN tokens serve as ‘bandwidth credits’ for use of payment for bandwidth received from dVPN applications built on Sentinel.

dVPN applications built on Sentinel are currently integrated with 3 different fiat on-ramp gateways;

Apple Pay (Solar dVPN) — Credit Card based payment gateway

Google Play (Solar dVPN) — Credit Card based payment gateway

Stripe (Meile dVPN) — Credit Card based payment gateway

Working on-ramp transaction in Meile dVPN (powered by Stripe)
https://mathnodes.com/

MathNodes started as a dVPN provider for the Sentinel Network back in November 2021. With the launch of a terminal user interface, aptly named Meile (“for us” in Estonian) in early February 2022, MathNodes went on to develop a full software suite enabling users around the world to take advantage of decentralized VPN powered by the Sentinel Blockchain.

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