Nowadays Internet service providers tend to block your bit torrent traffic or slow your bandwidth if they notice that you are downloading a lot in a bid to control piracy and make sure there are is control over copyrights. I am sure many of you have faced similar issues.
So the question that arises is what can you do to avoid such problems? In this article I have covered a few ways that will help you tackle the issue and continue downloading torrents as usual.
How ISP’s control your bit torrent client
Before I move on to how you can overcome the issue of your ISP blocking your bit torrent traffic it is important that you understand how your ISP actually hinders your bit torrent traffic. To stop your bit torrent traffic your ISP generally uses 3 ways.
- Packet inspection: It means that any traffic that seems like Bit torrent traffic is blocked or you are provided with only a specific amount of bandwidth. This is known as traffic shaping.
- Tracker block: This means that any of access to good quality trackers is prevented, by doing this your ISP ensures that either no or a limited amount of peers can only be found.
- Website block: This kind of method does not necessarily hinder your bit torrent traffic. In fact access to a particular site is blocked for all users using the service provider.
One way to bypass it is to get a seedbox hosting account.
Tackling Packet Inspection
In case you’re not sure whether your bandwidth is being controlled by your ISP or not you can use the Glasnost test to figure it out. This test only takes around 15 minutes depending on your internet connection. Inspecting packets is not really an easy procedure but can be done using numerous applications and solutions which help recognise every packet using the header information.
What you should be happy about is that modern Bit torrent clients come with packet encryption options. The solution is easy. All you have to do is make sure the Bit torrent traffic looks like normal TCP traffic with an encrypted payload. The transfer speed won’t be very quick, but you ISP will find it really hard to inspect each and every package.
If you use uTorrent just enable protocol encryption option.
Many ISP’s have tried to overcome this issue by blocking all encrypted traffic, but this leads to problems with other important applications too and is usually avoided.
Tackling tracker block / Blocked websites
To gain access to sites to that have been blocked by an ISP one excellent method is by using a website like hidemyass.com or some other site similar to it. If not these you can also use TOR (The onion router). TOR is used for 2 main reasons i.e. to access either blocked websites or trackers. For TOR you need to firstly need to download and install the Vidalia bundle. Once you run it, it will itself connect to the TOR network.
Through the default options, it also run the Polipo proxy in the background, running on port 8118. To make sure your uTorrent client uses that local proxy to contact the trackers, open up the connection settings, and enable using a proxy server. The Polipo proxy communicates with us through SOCKS5, and does not require a username or password to connect to. Its address is our own computer.