More like - with each node that joins the network. Not sure how network would scale with an individual that just launches a light-wallet couple of times a day to pay for something.
But yes - the final plan is to utilise the resources of nodes to make network “harder, better, faster, stronger”. In comparison - no matter how many nodes\pools there are in bitcoin network - it does not scale accordingly. Nothing changes in the bitcoin network capabilities when a node joins.
There are planned to be at least 50 - 100 pools on initial stages, and after this - anyone will be able to launch its own node\pool. The @HazelMazel3’s answer was rather caused by the way you asked the question.
Anyone can run a node. Minimum number of ADA required is not yet publicly known, but it’s supposed to be relatively small, so running a node would be quite accessible.
PoS algorithm may chose you even if you have 1 ADA. The difference is in probability. Probability of your 1 ADA being selected among a total stake of few billions of ADA is rather small. So the question is not even applicable, cuz the correct idea is:
You need to have as big a share of ADA, comparing to the total stake available, as often you want to be selected. If you have 1% of total ADA staked - you will be selected 1% of the time, so approximately every 100th slot, so about 4 times a day. If you have 0.001% of total stake - you will be selected 0.001% of times, so approximately every 100’000 slots, so about 15 times a year.
Depends on PC, but 1 Mbs if stable - should be enough for now, imo.
@HazelMazel3 is right.
@Vashen, running your own node is noble, but it is true - if you don’t have quite a big stake share and not running a pool - then your reward will be small and scarce.
But the main idea is that you would be generally better off running a staking pool, than delegating to someone else’s pool. So if you’re planning to running a node - it’s just logical to also register as a pool, and then people would delegate their stake to you, smoothing down the scarcity of your slots. The whole system is optimised towards lots of small pools.