Finding a node

First things first, you need to find a node to connect to! has some great resources for finding nodes. One of the easiest methods would be to use a node run by moneroworld, but they have a tool for finding random nodes too.

Connecting to the node from the GUI wallet

After you enter your password for your wallet, you will see a pop up that will give you the option to "use custom settings". Click on it. You will then be sent to the "Settings" page in the GUI. At this point you should see two text boxes to the right of a label that says "Daemon address". In the first box (the one to the left) you need to enter the address of the node that you want to connect to. This address might look like or it could look like any old ip address. The smaller box to the right is where you enter the node's port. The default port is 18081 but if you are using a random node the port that is used will vary. The port for uses 18089.

Your screen should look a bit like this