Becoming a Sentinel validator consists of 2 parts:
- 1.The voting power side
- 2.The technical side
In order to become an active Sentinel validator you’ll need to accumulate enough voting power. Voting power is the metric that decides if a technical valid validator is active or not. You will receive voting power by delegating DVPN to your validator or have other people delegate DVPN to your validator. 1 DVPN equals 1 voting power. How much voting power is required to be come active can be seen on the blockchain explorer. Sort on voting power and check what the lowest amount is. You’ll need to require more voting power than that in order to become an active validator, sign transactions and get rewarded for it.
To run a validator you’ll have to set up the Sentinel blockchain technology on (preferably dedicated) hardware. Some Linux experience is recommended as you’ll need to be able to monitor, troubleshoot incidents and resolve them and execute upgrades as they come. Setting up a validator can be done through the following guide. A community member going by trinityprivacy on GitHub also made this awesome guide on how to setup a validator node here.
If running a Sentinel validator seems to be unfeasible for you, you can also setup a dVPN node instead. A dVPN node is not bound to a minimum amount of voting power. It will still support the Sentinel network and can be a source of income as well. Read more about it in the “dVPN node setup” section.