Connecting to your Stellar node only takes a few simple steps.
The first thing is to make sure you're synced and ready. If you are not, you'll get a message letting you know that you're not yet fully synced and to wait a few minutes.
When you're synced and ready, you'll need to first download the Horizon server. What is Horizon? Click on the connect tab to view the README file, or grab the Horizon API right here:
|Platform||Binary file name|
|Mac OSX 64 bit||horizon-darwin-amd64|
|Linux 64 bit||horizon-linux-amd64|
|Windows 64 bit||horizon-windows-amd64.exe|
Download, extract and run Horizon
More info on setting up and configuring Horizon for connection and use: