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Using Ethereum: The Basics

This section captures the basic ways in which a user would want to participate in the Ethereum project. First of all becoming a node in the network you need to run an Ethereum client. Multiple implementations are listed in the section Choosing a client which also gives you advice what clients to choose in various setups. Connecting to the Network gives you basic information about networks, connectivity troubleshooting and blockchain synchronization. Advanced network topics like setting up private chains is found in Test Networks.