TopGuard reported that the user Reddit under the name btc_throwaway1337 bought a VPN-router from TorGuard using bitcoin-transaction in the main network of Lightning Network (LN).
Was this the first physical item purchased on Lightning Network? https://t.co/tSq8mOcCSX
— TorGuard (@TorGuard) 19 января 2018 г.
I’m just your average BTC enthuasiast, who had a bit of extra time last weekend. I saw TorGuard’s tweet, so I decided to contact them. I enquired as to purchasing more than just a monthly subscription, their staff gave me LN peering information, I opened a channel, received an invoice, and here we are!
It was all quick, easy, painless, and most importantly: instantaneous and fee-free!
Also the Reddit user noted that it was quite easy to open the LN payment channel and it cost him $ 2.40.
It is also worth noting that TopGuard "is not production ready."
Disclaimer: c-lightning is not production ready. TorGuard will cover loss of funds when sending us LN payments. Testnet is so boring.
— TorGuard (@TorGuard) 8 января 2018 г.
Lightning Network, a technology for scaling blockchain of bitcoin, allows you to create and maintain a network of payment channels connecting users, and record data about transferring funds to the block system only after all calculations have been completed.