Today we are happy to announce a new tool created to improve the experience of PeakD (and Hive) users.
This new tool is already integrated into PeakD itself and allow users to automatically switch the API node to the best one available.
Also this is the first project released as [open source](https://github.com/peak-projects/peakd-node-beacon) so others can benefit from the work we do on PeakD.
We are planning to release more tools and libraries as open source in the near future, so hopefully this is only the first post of the list :)
#### Current status for the API nodes
You can check this on the website itself, but sharing here for a quick look
As you can see there are no nodes at the moment fully working. Please keep in mind that nodes are working perfectly fine on the chain level, just the social part powered by Hivemind still have some things to be fixed after the last HF.
#### API checks
To understand how the above scores are computed you can check the list of the tests performed for each node (clicking on the magnifying glass).
To get a better understanding of each check you can hover with the mouse on the (?) icon.
#### Future plans and improvements
The tool is up and running and free to use right now, but we already have some ideas to make it better and to integrate more with [peakd.com](https://peakd.com) itself:
- Integrate in the [Node Benchmark](https://peakd.com/me/tools/benchmark) page
- Allow users to perform a speed test from Beacon itself
- Integrate in the [Status](https://status.peakd.com) page
- Allow users to select multiple nodes in their Settings with a specified order preference.
## Support the @peakd project
Now is probably a nice time to remind you of the ways you can support the development of @peakd.
We have a proposal on the Decentralized Hive Fund. You can review the proposal [here](/proposals/52).
If you agree to the proposal and you think the points mentioned add value to the Hive Blockchain consider supporting it using the above links or directly with **[this link](https://hivesigner.com/sign/update-proposal-votes?proposal_ids=&approve=true)**.
We also run a witness server to help produce the blocks for the Hive Blockchain. You can vote for our witness so we are in a position to process more of them.
Vote on the witness page: https://peakd.com/witnesses
- Using Keychain: You just have to click and approve the transaction
- Using HiveSigner: You'll need access to confirm the transaction with your Active Key at least
###### *The PeakD Team*
_About us: https://peakd.com/about_
_Join us on Discord: https://discord.gg/Fy3bca5_