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Today’s guide will be covering the Avalanche network, and how to setup and bridge your Ethereum (ETH) over to AVAX - the network’s native coin used for transactions on the network!
Setting up your wallet and bridging (converting one network’s currency to another) can be daunting, but fear not! Grab a desktop/laptop, a snack, and follow our bushy tail down the rabbithole: we shall guide you! 🐇🕳
Be sure to check out the prerequisite tutorials to get setup first
Before diving in, lets learn a little more about the Avalanche network, and why it exists!
Avalanche is blockchain platform that focuses on blazing fast transaction speeds, super low transaction fees, and being eco-friendly by being able to process thousands of transactions per second!
For comparison, transacting on the Ethereum blockchain can be costly, and the network can only process around 15-45 transactions per second.
Avalanche, and many other Layer 2 networks work to lower transaction fees and drastically increase the number of transactions that can be made per second making it cheaper and faster to use!
🐇🕳 To dive deeper and learn more about the difference between Layer 1 and Layer 2 networks visit here!
Purchasing AVAX lets you use it to transact on their network, and interact with the many decentralized apps (dapps) on Avalanche.
First make sure you have a MetaMask account, visit our tutorial here to help get set up!
To add Avalanche as a network, copy and paste the details below into the boxes or copy and paste them directly from Avalanche’s website here.
Once you have copied and pasted the information into the boxes below click save to add the network.
🐇🕳 Alternatively, you can also visit chainlist.org, search for Avalanche Mainnet, and connect you wallet to automatically add it as a network!
You should get a confirmation message in the bottom right of the MetaMask website, and you should now be able to switch to the Avalanche Network in the Network Menu.
🎊 Congratulations!! You have added the Avalanche Network to your wallet!
You should see your wETH balance under Assets!
Okay, now that we have some wETH, it’s time to bridge it into AVAX!
A Transaction Status screen will open, showing you the progress of your bridge
You can now use it to interact with the Avalanche network and its various dapps!
To view your AVAX balance:
That’s it folks!! I hope you enjoyed this guide down the Avalanche rabbithole!
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