Suggested Sia Host Settings

Get recommendedations for becoming a new Sia host, including host pricing.


About This Calculator

Last Updated April 1, 2018

This calculator will help you determine if your configuration is suitable to host on Sia, as well as what settings to use as a new host on the Sia network.

Any changes you make to the form will be saved in a cookie on your device for 30 days, so that you can return to the form at any time and pick up with the settings you entered before. Clicking on Reset All Items will return the calculator to all default settings, and delete this cookie.

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Host Qualifications

Answer these questions about your host machine here, and we'll help you determine if you're a good candidate for hosting and explain why.

Host Machine Always On

Will your host machine be running all day, every day?

Reliable Internet

Is your internet connection always working (i.e. down for less than 1-2 hours a week, if at all)?

Storage Amount

How much storage will you host on the network?

Data Caps

Is your internet service subject to data caps?

Reliable Power

Is your power service reliable (i.e. down for less than 1-2 hours a week, if at all)?

Battery Backup

Does your host machine have battery backup (an Uninterruptable Power Supply)?

Redundant Storage

Will the storage you offer be made redundant via RAID or a similar technology?

Siacoins Owned

Do you own any Siacoins?

Recommendation Details

  • Looks like you're well-qualified to be a host on Sia!
  • You cannot host part-time on Sia. Your host machine needs to be on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Attempting to host part-time will result in loss of your collateral.
  • If your internet connection is unreliable, you should not host on Sia. Your host machine needs to be online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Losing connection frequently can result in loss of your collateral.
  • If your power service is unreliable and you have no battery backup for your host computer, you should not host on Sia. Your host machine needs to be on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Losing power frequently can result in loss of your collateral.
  • You must have some amount of Siacoins before you can host on Sia. Hosts are required to post Siacoins as collateral, which is your guarantee to a renter that you will fulfill the rental contract or you will lose your collateral as a penalty. You cannot host without collateral, so you'll need to acquire some Siacoins before you consider hosting.
  • Providing less than 2 TB of free storage space on the Sia network results in a considerable (87.5% or more) penalty to your host score. You can still host, but you will be much less likely to receive contracts compared to hosts with more free space.
  • Providing less than 4 TB of free storage space on the Sia network results in a moderate (50-75%) penalty to your host score. You can still host, but you will be less likely to receive contracts compared to hosts with more free space.
  • Data caps can be a problem when hosting - renters can upload and download a large amount of data each month depending on your internet speeds, so if this may put you at risk of exceeding your data cap, you may not want to host on Sia.
  • If your power service is unreliable and you have a battery backup for your host computer, you should only consider hosting on Sia if your battery backup is sufficient enough to keep your host computer online nearly all the time (1-2 hours of downtime a week max). Losing power frequently can result in loss of your collateral, and if your battery backup depletes or malfunctions, it may result in data corruption and loss of renter files, which would also result in loss of your collateral.
  • You can successfully be a host on Sia without any sort of redundant data storage, so long as you don't experience a hardware failre and lose your renters' data. If you lose renter data, you'll lose collateral related to the contracts and the data that you lost. Most hosts likely won't experience a hardware failure, but be sure to take into consideration that you can lose collateral if you do.
  • You can host with less than 2,000 Siacoins, but you can't configure hosting via the Sia-UI unless you have 2,000+ SC. You'll have to manually configure hosting options via the Terminal or command line, which is more for advanced users.

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Here are the current network averages for host pricing based on the top 100 hosts in the Sia network. Explanations of each pricing point are provided, as well as a suggested starting range to use when setting up a new host. Most suggested prices are based on simple math of ± 20% of the average price shown, unless a different rule applies for that specific price. You may decide to set any given price higher or lower based on your host configuration and your available resources, but these prices should be a good starting point to be competitive on the network right now based on your Host Score.

Items marked with a icon are pre-filled with near real-time average prices. These are provided for your information. Average contract prices are updated daily; average storage and bandwidth prices are updated every hour.

You can use these prices in combination with our Guide to Hosting on Sia to get started as a new host.


Storage Price

Average Right Now: 0 SC
Suggested Setting: 0 SC

What It Is: Your base income when hosting.
Why It Matters: Storage pricing is the biggest factor in your host score. Lower is better, but you also want to price your storage high enough that hosting is profitable after other costs like electricity.
Changed Via: Sia-UI or Terminal


Contract Fee

Average Right Now: 0 SC
Suggested Setting: 0-5 SC

What It Is: A small fee to cover costs related to hosting transactions on the blockchain.
Why It Matters: To hosts, this fee is usually negligible. To renters, a contract fee is paid to each of their 50 hosts, so this can add up. While it doesn't affect your host score significantly unless you set it ridiculously high, it's generally better to set this number lower.
Changed Via: Terminal only (How?)


Upload Price

Average Right Now: 0 SC/TB
Suggested Setting: 0 SC/TB

What It Is: Your fee for upload bandwidth when renters store things on your host.
Why It Matters: If a user changes their data regularly, they can use a lot of upload bandwidth. If you have a slow internet connection or a data cap, your bandwidth is probably a valuable resource to you, so you may want to set this cost higher to offset the impact hosting will have. If you have a fast internet connection, you may want to set this very low since moving large amounts of data won't impact you as much.
Changed Via: Sia-UI (joint upload/download price) or Terminal individually (How?)


Download Price

Average Right Now: 0 SC/TB
Suggested Setting: 0 SC/TB

What It Is: Your fee for download bandwidth when renters retrieve things from your host.
Why It Matters: If a user downloads their data regularly, they can use a lot of download bandwidth. If you have a slow internet connection or a data cap, your bandwidth is probably a valuable resource to you, so you may want to set this cost higher to offset the impact hosting will have. If you have a fast internet connection, you may want to set this very low since moving large amounts of data won't impact you as much.
Changed Via: Sia-UI (joint upload/download price) or Terminal individually (How?)


Collateral

Average Right Now: 0 SC
Suggested Setting: 0 SC (2-3x your Storage Price)

What It Is: Your guarantee to a renter that you'll fulfill your contract with them by not going offline for too long or losing their data.
Why It Matters: Your collateral is your own money that you risk to lose if you fail to meet the contract conditions as a host. Renters won't trust you if you don't put up very much collateral, but if you put up too much collateral you risk losing a lot of Siacoins if something happens to your host machine, even if it's beyond your control.
Changed Via: Sia-UI or Terminal


Max Contract Duration

Average Right Now: 0 Weeks
Suggested Setting: 13-26 Weeks

What It Is: The longest contract length you'll accept as a host.
Why It Matters: If you accept a contract for a set time period, such as 26 weeks, you're committing to be online for that entire period. You can change this value to lower your commitment to hosting, but you shouldn't lower it below 13 weeks because the default contract duration as a renter is 13 weeks, so you're likely to miss out on contracts by setting this value to anything less.
Changed Via: Sia-UI or Terminal


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