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I have used the bitnode's own script to install a full node on an Ubuntu 16.04 Digitalocean droplet. I can verify that my node is up and running by checking the IP with port 8333 on Bitnode's check node. However I need a testnet node so I next added the following line to the config file:

testnet=1

It seems the above line produces the desired effect of turning the node into a testnet node and this can be verified through bitcoin-cli commands. But the node will no longer be accessible from Bitnode. Is Bitnode designed to only work with nodes on the main blockchain or am I missing a necessary step?

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Testnet is a distinct although largely similar protocol. Bitnodes would need to specifically support it for it to work with it. I can't find any evidence that bitnodes has any testnet support or a testnet edition.

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testnet is usually running on port 18333. did you check that port?

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    I thought it was 18332. – MCCCS Feb 9 at 17:14
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    Sorry for the late response. Using port 18333 has no effect unfortunately and I still get "178.128.162.252:18333 is unreachable." – Majid Fouladpour Feb 10 at 15:21

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