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Exclamation Bittorrent Connectivity Guide - 04.19.07, 05:17 AM

BitTorrent Connectivity Guide – By Snivlle

I’ve often been asked by fellow traders and forum members to assist with various BitTorrent connection issues. I will do my best to answer most of the common issues that thwart BitTorrent connectivity.


Firstly, I recommend Azureus as the BitTorrent client of choice. It’s open source, very configurable, and a truly multi-platform BitTorrent client. Azureus can be configured to provide a very secure, torrent sharing environment. You can easily install the "SafePeer" plugin to aid in the defense of "fake peers" and piracy bots. uTorrent is also very capable, but since it was purchased by Bit Torrent.com, using it is a greater privacy and security concern. Bit Torrent.com are now affiliated with the big players, Warner Brothers, for example, and they have signed an agreement to distribute digital content through the Bit uTorrent client. You can get more information about, and a link to, "SafePeer" here:

What does this mean? Basically it indicates that uTorrent will be an MIAA/RIAA distribution client at some point in the future, and it reports all activity for piracy prevention and copyright protection purposes! If you’ve ever downloaded an episode of your favorite TV show, via BitTorrent and found that the file was corrupt, there is a strong likelihood that you were on the receiving end of these types of invasive anti-piracy efforts.


Use a different TCP port for your listening BitTorrent connections. By default, BitTorrent clients use the standard port range 6881-6889. The current build of Azureus only requires one port and will use a single port for multiple connections. I suggest an unusual value such as 50001 or higher. This will make it more difficult for your ISP to throttle or block your BitTorrent connections. Use the same port number for both TCP and also the UDP incoming connection ports. In Azureus, this is found by clicking on "Tools -> Options -> Connection".
TCP & UDP ports range from 1 - 65535


Encrypted connections are much more difficult to track by your ISP and generally facilitate more security. RC4 is the accepted standard. In non-geek speak, this will help protect you from “fake” peers whose sole purpose is to input corrupt data into the torrent pool. This will also help to prevent ISPs from performing “traffic shaping”, which causes your connection to slow down or drop. Now that digital telephony and digital cable services are becoming ever more popular, ISPs need to cut down internet traffic. SHAW, Eastlink, Comcast, and Earthlink subscribers probably have a good idea about what I’m inferring.

More and more ISP’s are limiting or "throttling" BitTorrent traffic on their networks. By throttling BitTorrent traffic, the speed of BitTorrent downloads decrease, and high speed downloads are out of the question. The list of ISP’s that limit BitTorrent traffic, or plan to do so, is growing every day, and according to the BBC, the ‘bandwidth war’ has begun. A list of major ISPs who are known to restrict BitTorrent usage can be viewed here:

Setting encryption for Azureus is as follows:
Click Tools -> Options -> Transfer -> Transport Encryption -> Require Encrypted Transport (Use RC4)

Setting encryption for uTorrent is as follows:
1. Go to: Options > Preferences > BitTorrent

2. Go to ‘Protocol encryption’, you can choose between ‘enabled’ and ‘forced’. ‘Enabled’ will give you more connections but offers less protection against traffic shapers.


If you have a software firewall installed, be sure that your BitTorrent client has unrestricted access to the internet. Most modern software firewalls will prompt you to either “allow” or “disallow” a program’s access to the internet. Set it to “Always Allow”, if you can. Windows XP w/ SP2’s built-in firewall can be a bugger, so you may need to manually configure it to allow your BitTorrent to connect. Here is a link to a nice XP firewall “how-to” guide:


Most high-speed internet subscribers use routers and WiFi connections, now-a-days. If your PC is connected to a router, you will most likely need to configure port forwarding rules. Some people will tell you that configuring your setup to use Upnp (Universal Plug n’ Play) will make all your bittorrent problems go away. This is not always the case. The most reliable method is good old-fashioned port forwarding.

The first thing to be done is to establish a static IP address for the computer that you use for downloading torrents. A static IP address is an IP address that is fixed and never changes. This is in contrast to a dynamic IP address which may change at any time. Using a static IP address ensures that your router will always know “which location” to send the BitTorrent data to. A nice, easily understood guide for assigning a static IP address under Windows XP can be viewed here:

OSX users can use this guide:


Whew, we are finally ready to “forward” the ports. Think of port forwarding as “relaying a message”. Your router or gateway device receives the ‘internet’ data. It then “passes” the data to an “internal” or “private” IP address. When you use port-forwarding in combination with a static IP address, the data will always get passed to the correct location on your home network.

Each router manufacturer will provide a unique (though generally all based on the same rudiments) browser-based interface for making advanced router configuration changes. The interface is viewed in your web browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, etc.) and will require a user name and password. Most D-Link routers are factory set to use the address: http:\\
Most Lynksys routers are factory set to use the address: http:\\ or http:\\
You will need to refer to the manual for your particular router to ascertain the correct address and the default “Admin” password.

Once you have the router configuration information and can see the router’s interface, you will finally be able apply the port forwarding rules. Remember in the “CONFIGURE THE PORTS” section, I wrote that you should configure your BitTorrent application to use a unique port? Well, that port number is the same port number that you need to use for the port forwarding rule.

As an example, let’s say that the port number you chose to use is 50001. Let’s say that your static IP address is . We need to configure a “rule”, using the router’s interface, to send all data coming in on port 50001 to IP address Be sure to include both TCP and also UDP port types in your new port forwarding rule.

Detailed guides for port forwarding using most common routers can be found at the following link.


This information was kindly forwarded to me by our very own site mod, Dokkendude.

The Linksys/Vonage Router, by default, assigns an IP address range of to using the DHCP server on the Router. To set a static IP address, you can only use the ranges to and to

Each PC or network device that uses TCP/IP must have a unique address to identify itself in a network. If the IP address is not unique to a network, Windows will generate an IP conflict error message. You can assign a static IP address to a PC by performing the following steps:

For Windows 98 and Millennium:
Windows 2000/XP users get to the TCP/IP properties by
1. Open Windows Start menu.
2. Open Control Panel.
3. Classic view: Open Network Connections
Category view: Select Network and Internet Connections, and then Network Connections.
4. Double-click on your active LAN or Internet connection.
5. Click Properties.
This opens the Local Area Connections Properties window.
6. In the General tab, highlight the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) item, and click Properties. .

A. Click Start, Setting, and Control Panel. Double-click Network.

B. In The following network components are installed box, select the TCP/IP-> associated with your Ethernet adapter. If you only have one Ethernet adapter installed, you will only see one TCP/IP line with no association to an Ethernet adapter. Highlight it and click the Properties button.

C. In the TCP/IP properties window, select the IP address tab, and select Specify an IP address. Enter a unique IP address that is not used by any other computer on the network connected to the Router. You can only use an IP address in the ranges to and to Make sure that each IP address is unique for each PC or network device.

D. Click the Gateway tab, and in the New Gateway prompt, enter, which is the default IP address of the Router. Click the Add button to accept the entry.

E. Click the DNS tab, and make sure the DNS Enabled option is selected. Enter the Host and Domain names (e.g., John for Host and home for Domain). Enter the DNS entry provided by your ISP. If your ISP has not provided the DNS IP address, contact your ISP to get that information or go to its website for the information.

About the Author

“Gee Whiz” Credentials:
Professional computer technician, developer, and network engineer since more than 14 years. 6+ years experience maintaining a Linux server environment including (Sendmail, Apache, IPtables, MySQL, Jabber, Cups Printing Services, Samba, Asterisk PBX, ProFTP, vBulletin, OScommerce)

Comptia A+/N+ Certified
Microsoft MCP
Microcomputer Specialist Certified
Computer Programming, Dipl.

I work full-time as a level 2 technical support agent for one of the world’s largest computer manufacturers and corporate support providers. ("Dude, it's a DELL") That being said, please do not inundate me with PMs and emails to help with your individual BitTorrent connectivity concerns. I do it for 9 hours a day at work; I don’t want to do it within the scope of my hobbyist pursuits. *smile* If you aren’t sure you understand some of the information in this guide, please “Google” it, and learn for yourself.

Pronounced "Sniv-el", Not "Sniv-i-lee"

Jesus said: "No person can come to the father but by me."
Jesus also said: "Unless you are born again, you shall not see the kingdom of God."

In case you need a hand with forwarding router ports, visit this site: http://www.portforward.com

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Last edited by snivlle; 06.15.07 at 08:40 AM.
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04.19.07, 07:06 AM

Nice job.
Hopefully this will be further assistance to the noobs.
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