Sneak Peek: Orchid


In this tutorial, we will explore Orchid, a decentralized VPN application that provides users with a more private and secure internet connection, free from censorship and content restrictions. Orchid operates on a peer-to-peer network and programmable bandwidth marketplace, leveraging its open-source nature and community-driven approach. In this tutorial, we will learn about Orchid’s integration with Celo, a multi-chain strategy aimed at making the network more affordable, accessible, and decentralized.

What is Orchid?

Orchid is a decentralized VPN application built on a peer-to-peer network and programmable bandwidth marketplace. It enables users to establish a private internet connection, ensuring freedom from censorship, content restrictions, and enhanced security. The network relies on community-provided bandwidth, and Orchid has its own digital asset called OXT, which is used by bandwidth providers to stake and offer services on the network.

Orchid’s Multi-Chain Strategy with Celo

To enhance affordability, accessibility, and decentralization, Orchid decided to pursue a multi-chain strategy. Ethereum gas fees had become prohibitively expensive for VPN services, making it challenging to offer an affordable solution. Celo, with its lower fees and mobile-first approach, emerged as an ideal choice for Orchid. Moreover, Celo’s mission of creating a more inclusive financial system and targeting a global audience aligns well with Orchid’s vision of widespread adoption.

Orchid’s Layer 2 Payments Technology

Orchid has developed a Layer 2 payments technology that is compatible with Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) and facilitates microtransactions. Unlike traditional VPN services that charge fixed subscriptions, Orchid’s VPN is pay-as-you-go. This means users only pay for the bandwidth they actually use, leading to cost savings and greater flexibility. Orchid’s Layer 2 payments technology enables off-chain payments worth one thousandth of a penny, settling probabilistically to minimize on-chain transactions. On average, users pay approximately six cents per gigabyte of bandwidth.

Using Orchid VPN with Celo

To use Orchid VPN with Celo, follow these steps:

  1. Obtain a Celo wallet: Get a Celo wallet from a reputable exchange.
  2. Download the Orchid app: Install the Orchid app on your device.
  3. Create an identity: Launch the Orchid app and create a unique identity.
  4. Sync with your wallet: Connect your Orchid identity with your Celo wallet.
  5. Fund your Orchid account: Visit and enter your Orchid identity to fund your Orchid account.
  6. Turn on the VPN: Activate the VPN within the Orchid app, and enjoy a private and secure internet connection.

Please note that the Orchid app may require a few days for app store approval before it becomes available.

The Importance and Impact

Privacy concerns and internet censorship are growing issues in today’s world. Orchid’s integration with Celo accelerates its mission of bringing digital privacy to the masses and restoring internet freedom. By providing an affordable and accessible VPN solution, Orchid aims to address these challenges and make privacy a fundamental right for all internet users.