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Bitcoin Core tries to connect to 8 nodes by default. How many does Geth attempt to connect to for the eth protocol (normal network gossip)? Is there a set number in the first place?

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Geth attempts to connect to 25 peers by default, as stated on the CLI commands page.

This can be changed with:

  --maxpeers value      Maximum number of network peers (network disabled if set to 0) (default: 25)
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