What do you do with your computer when you’re done using it?

Do you shut it off? Go into sleep mode? Are you one of the proud few who still runs a classic screensaver?

Everybody seems to have their own opinion about the best way to handle an idle computer, but the truth is that it’s idle. It has no use.

That’s all about to change.

Help Wanted: Idle Computers and the SubstratumNode

What if somebody told you they would pay you to use your computer after you’re done with it? Without touching your files and programs, this person would pay you to use your computer and return it to you the instant you need it back, in the same condition it was in when you rented it out.

What’s not to like? Your computer is literally earning you money while you eat, sleep, play, or even work on a different computer!

Well, this is the exact idea behind SubstratumNode. It’s a browser-based app that lets you rent out your computer to the Substratum network and put your computer to work with a click of a button.

It’s that simple.

What Do They Want From My Computer?!?

If the described scenario sounds too good to be true, you’re probably thinking, what’s the catch?

Why would somebody pay you to use your computer? Will your machine be okay?

The answer is brilliantly simple. Substratum needs a server for their network in your neighborhood, so your neighbors can access it as quickly as possible. By renting out your connected, idle computer to them, you’re providing them with that server.

As a node, your computer will store fragmented and encrypted pieces of content files. Only when a user requests content will a node assemble all the pieces to build a complete file.

To serve content, your computer will gather the fragmented content files from several other nodes. Your node will decode and reassemble the data and deliver it to the requesting computer.

Importantly, there’s no way any of this encrypted data can be used to “hack” or otherwise harm your machine – none of the data is executable on your computer. It’s simply passing the information along!

If you’d like to learn more, check out the Substratum whitepaper!