Raiden (RDN) is a payment system built on the Ethereum network. The platform makes use of off-chain state networks to increase Ethereum’s transactional capabilities. It is for Ethereum what the Lightning Network is for Bitcoin.
Raiden’s purpose is to provide an easy to use channel for off-chain payments without requiring the involved parties to trust each other.
This is done by using a network of P2P payment channels and Ethereum deposits. The idea is to change the model where transactions hit the shared ledger on the block with one where users can exchange messages used to sign the transfer value.
By using these off-chain payment channels instead of depending on the blockchain for each transaction, the parties in a channel can perform transactions between them instantly, in high volume, and without fees until the net amount is set on the Ethereum blockchain. Only when the net amount is set on the blockchain will the channel be closed.
There are two types of fees in the Raiden network: protocol-level fees and peripheral fees. RDN tokens are used in the network to pay peripheral fees.
Protocol-level fees have the role of stabilizing the payment channel network. These fees are used by nodes to prevent their channels from being consumed over time. The fees will be very low, and they will be converted into the tokens that will be transferred to the channel.
Peripheral fees can be paid by contributing to the location of a path with enough capacity that it will provide channel monitoring services for offline services. The users that administer these services need not pay these fees, as they can be earned.
The Raiden team says that 95% of the nodes on the network will be made up of clients that will not need to run the full stack of services. Therefore, they will not be troubled with having to pay the small fees. It is expected that most dApps will be used by a light client. Raiden transactions conducted through those dApps will charge a fee that will be payable in RDN tokens.
If you do not run a full node, you won’t be required to pay RDN to participate in the Raiden network.
Market cap and supply
As of this writing, the current market cap for RDN is valued at $62,685,584. The current number of circulating RDN tokens is 50,168,936, and the total supply is that of 100,000,000 RDN tokens.
Where can I buy Raiden Network Tokens?
How do you buy Raiden Network Token?
Purchasing RDN tokens is not a straightforward process. However, you can buy RDN using Bitcoins if you have an account on any of the aforementioned exchanges.
Raiden is one of the most important improvements brought to the Ethereum network, but it remains to be seen if it can compete with Bitcoin’s Lightning Network in facilitating instant and low-fee microtransactions.