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Remote Blockchain Nodes

bloXroute Gateways communicate with blockchain nodes using their native peer-to-peer protocols but are not themselves full blockchain nodes. Thus, while a Gateway can, for example, send and receive Bitcoin blocks from a Bitcoin full node, it cannot validate that the block is valid.

However, blockchain nodes frequently make requests to a connected Gateway that the Gateway cannot fulfill because it does not fully validate the chain. In order to permit the Gateway to respond, bloXroute Gateways may connect to remote blockchain nodes, run by bloXroute, to fulfill certain requests by its blockchain node.