There is a global war on torrents going on right now. Content creators and copyright holders try their best to block access to torrent hosting websites. Some ISPs (Internet Service Providers) are under pressure to block all torrent activity.
In a world where you don’t have to be a pirate anymore, blocking illegal downloading of copyrighted works should undoubtedly be stopped. However, blocking the torrenting process which can also have legitimate purposes is not the way to go.
This is how you can unblock any torrent connection.
Note: MakeUseOf does not condone illegal use of torrents. Use of the following sites for illegal purposes is entirely at your own risk. We assume no responsibility for any legal issues that may arise.
A simple hack: start with a different connection
The first workaround for blocked torrent connections is a simple hack. You’ll ask yourself, “Why didn’t I think of that first?”
Many ISPs and network firewalls (like those in offices or universities) apply only basic blocks. This basic block restricts the first connection point to a site or torrent, so you need to bypass this firewall.
So, to work around this, start your torrent with a different connection, e.g. B. by connecting to your phone’s internet data. Once the torrent starts downloading, switch back to the “blocked” wifi and the download will resume.
This method won’t work if the firewall is a bit more advanced, but you’ll be surprised how often it doesn’t. Give it a try, maybe this hack will give you the easiest workaround.
1. Change the DNS server on Unblock websites
Often the only block your ISP implements is at the DNS level. The DNS or Domain Name System translates IP address numbers into website names. By default, you use the DNS server controlled by your ISP. Changing that to a public DNS will solve your problem.
The most popular free public DNS servers are:
- Google DNS: 188.8.131.52 | 184.108.40.206
- OpenDNS: 220.127.116.11 | 18.104.22.168
- Comodo DNS: 22.214.171.124 | 126.96.36.199
You can change your DNS server in network settings and you will soon be able to access all these blocked websites.
- On Windows: Go to network device and right-click > Click properties > IPv4 properties, then change the DNS servers and click OK. Alternatively, you can also use the command prompt to change the DNS.
- On macOS: Go to system settings > network > Progressive > DNSadd the new DNS servers and click OK.
- On Linux: press the network applet > edit connections > To edit > IPv4 Settings > Automatic (DHCP) addresses only > DNS serverand add each new address separated by a comma.
2. Use a free VPN to unblock websites
If you don’t like messing around with network settings, an alternative method of unblocking websites is to use a VPN. A VPN or virtual private network masks the origin of your IP address.
Basically, it will show you that you are accessing the internet from another country where this website is not blocked. And this is how you can see it.
You can use some reliable free VPN services for that, but they usually limit the monthly data download. There are a few other unlimited free VPNs out there, but they come with their own hidden costs.
Remember that we only use this VPN to access blocked sites and download torrent files or magnet links. (See apps for converting info hashes to magnet links if you are unfamiliar with these terms.) You should not download the entire torrent through such free VPNs.
We would recommend using it ProtonVPNas the company keeps no logs of what its users access and is transparent regarding data sharing requests from companies.
3. Use a premium VPN to download torrents
Unblocking a website is the easy part. But some ISPs or institutional firewalls are more sneaky in their blockades. Your torrents just won’t launch on such networks. Then you need to pull out the big guns and use a paid VPN service for torrenting.
Paid VPNs have fewer restrictions and usually encrypt your data as well. They also do not log your activity on the network. Set it up on your computer or router and you can easily access and download torrents.
4. Use ZbigZ or a Premium Seedbox
Seed boxes are the new big thing in the world of torrents. A seedbox is a virtual server that allows you to upload and download torrents. You can then download or upload torrents from your computer to your seedbox. Think of it as a dropbox for torrents.
Why are seed boxes popular? Seedboxes transfer data to your computer using the same method that any website uses to transfer data to your computer. This means that a network admin cannot block a seedbox as that would mean blocking all web access.
Seedboxes are usually paid for, but there is a popular free app called ZbigZ. The free account has some limitations such as: B. a download limit of 150 KBps, a maximum file size of 1 GB, two files in memory at the same time and an expiration time of seven days.
5. Use port 80 (but it’s slow)
Unfortunately, some ISPs block ports and port forwarding used by popular torrent applications. If you don’t want to pay for a seedbox, you can use the same idea for free.
Port 80 is the standard port for all HTTP data transfers and is therefore never blocked by network administrators. All you have to do is set up your torrent application to only use port 80.
Go to the application’s network settings and first disable “Random Ports”. Then set port 80 as port and test if it works. Finally, uncheck the UPnP and NAT-PMP boxes and you’re good to go.
Be warned as this will drastically slow down torrent speeds. It’s the slowest of all the options here, but hey, beggars can’t be picky.
Your choice of torrent client is important
Torrents get a bad rap because they are closely associated with piracy. However, there are several legal uses for BitTorrent, from downloading ISOs of new operating systems to major video game updates.
But even if you use torrents legally, you still need a good client. And no, that doesn’t mean utorrent. In fact, uTorrent has had a number of issues over the past few years, including security vulnerabilities, bloatware, and ad serving. Instead, opt for one of these best torrent clients to replace utorrent.
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