Given the recurring hurdle of high gas fees and slow transaction speeds, Layer 2 solutions like Optimism have become increasingly important to scale Ethereum’s network. Optimism uses optimistic rollups to bundle transactions together using smart contracts on an Ethereum side-chain before moving them to Ethereum’s mainnet. With far lower fees, far lower latency, and far greater throughput compared to Ethereum Layer 1 alone, many of your favorite DeFi protocols like Synthetix and Uniswap, have already begun to deploy on the network.
If you want to be part of a faster and cheaper Ethereum future, keep reading to learn how to use Optimism.
The first step to using Optimism is to add the network, Optimistic Ethereum, to your wallet.
Enter the following network details into their respective fields:
Click ‘Save’ and you’ll be automatically connected to Optimism!
After you’ve connected to Optimism, the next step is to deposit funds from the Ethereum Mainnet to the Optimism Mainnet.
Now that you’re officially on Ethereum L2, test out whether Optimism lives up to the hype by becoming a liquidity provider on Uniswap using the Optimism network. I think you’ll be happy with the results!