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I set a node running, now what?

I'm trying to get the (a) whole stack of nano tools running so I can be confident I understand them. I've set what seem to be the basics, a wallet with some funds in it and a node that claims to be running nominally. This is my first time using any cryptocurrency related tools. I would think the next steps would be to run some diagnostics on my node and connect my wallet to it, but I haven't been able to figure out how to do either of those. Calling the RPC `block_count` action returns `{ "count": "16685", "unchecked": "4903872" }`, which some of the discussion on discord suggests is normal for a new node. When I first started the node the log contained some lines that looked like errors, but apparently it wasn't important enough to stop the initialization process. **What else should I check to be sure the node is working properly?** As I understand it, a node should be contributing to the network; first in the sense that other entities would be reading blocks and block-verifications from it, and second in the sense that other entities (wallets? users?) could broadcast new blocks to it. **Is there a way to check if these things are happening?** **Am I understanding what nodes do correctly?** As I understand it, the advantage of running one's own node is that your wallets can use it as their (primary) communication point with the network, which (in theory) improves speed and gives you options for customization. **Is connecting a wallet to a node in this way an intelligible verb?** **How do I do it?** ###It seems likely that I have some fundamental or vocabulary-level misconceptions. Can anyone point me to a clearer primer that might disambiguate stuff for me? ### What I've got so far: I'm using desktop NanoVault with default settings so far. I'm running a v19.0 docker node inside a (slightly under-spec'd) AWS EC2 box. It's been up for not quite 24 hours so far.
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