Casa — the multisig wallet key security and hardware node company — recently announced the release of their Lightning Network (LN) Bitcoin node browser extension. The extension will enable users to connect their Casa LN Node to external websites for easier LN payments with online sites and merchants that accept LN payments.
Influenced by the LN browser extension Joule, created by Will O’Beirne, the Casa node can quickly receive and send LN payments through a simple browser extension where payments codes can be copied and pasted into the browser.
Casa is also actively working with O’Bierne to integrate Joule with the Casa node.
Casa Expanding on LN Products
Casa’s LN node is already a very practical hardware full Bitcoin client for tapping into the LN with a clean user-interface — built using a Raspberry Pi with a 1TB hard drive.
The LN-compatible browser extension is a useful feature that helps both merchants and consumers leverage online LN payments directly from their Casa node. Managing LN nodes has been a real pain point for users, and the Casa Extension bypasses the cumbersome third-party management by enabling the extension for online payments to be accessed in the same interface as managing the Casa node channels.
Additionally, Casa’s extension is much more secure than typical LN node management software that requires an admin ‘macaroon’ that is vulnerable during importing/exporting and storage. The macaroon is stored directly on the Casa node and is authenticated using Casa’s API.
Casa also lists several websites for using the new browser extension for LN payments including their own webstore, Satoshi’s Place, and Y’alls — a site for posting articles and receiving a portion of payouts from readers using LN micropayments.
Casa is also set to open-source some of their key features in the near future.
LN Feature Set Growing Rapidly
Casa’s browser extension comes amid multiple developments in Bitcoin’s young LN that are making it much more user-friendly by abstracting away many of its complex technical components.
Better features for users leads to more widespread adoption and the LN is making noticeable headway in the overall usage and amount of applications — called lapps — available with the network. Only last year, using the LN was mainly limited to developers and Bitcoin enthusiasts who were excited about the potential of the novel second layer to the Bitcoin protocol. Now, accessing LN payments is as simple as going through a step-by-step setup process with a Casa node and connecting it to the web.
Several full LN implementations are already available including Lightning Lab’s desktop wallet, Blockstream’s c-Lightning, and Zap wallet. As development continues, look for more features and accessibility to Bitcoin’s LN to attract the attention of more mainstream Bitcoin users and online merchants.