If I set my own relay (running in my LAN) as the SOCKS proxy (e.g. in my browser), does this mean this relay automatically functions as the guard/entry-relay?

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If you relay has been upgraded to a guard node (this takes time to gain the trust of the network, enough bandwidth, speed, etc.) then it is possible that your relay could be your guard but it's not guaranteed that it will be.

  • you again ;-) So, if I understand correctly, the route in this case is: Alice-proxy-guard-middle-exit-Bob? Wouldn't it be better if I could use my own relay as my guard node? 1) Since I own it, I trust it. 2) Network load and number of hops would be reduced.
    – Beres
    Nov 22, 2019 at 21:44
  • The manual has some settings on how to limit which guard nodes you get if you are running your own private Tor network. I just don't see where there is functionality specifically for that in normal Tor.
    – elmerjfudd
    Nov 22, 2019 at 22:24

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