Port forwarding is a vital thing in gaming, torrent as well as server deployment journeys.
Your machine communicates with the Internet world via the router, actually, and each application needs its own port to work simultaneously, or to be identified with others.
[00:22] “On an IPv4 router with Network Address Translation (NAT), port forwarding makes applications installed on a specific PC on the LAN available on the internet. These applications can range from online games, torrent clients, FTP servers, Web Servers, and more. Let’s see how to enable port forwarding on any router and open the respective port on Windows Firewall” – pcsteps.com
[00:39] A clear demonstration for the need of port opening is P2P torrent, the protocol does upload and downloads the resources at the same time, so it needs addition ports to operate efficiently.
[00:58] “The router, firewall software, and torrent client all have to agree on the port that’s used for BitTorrent traffic. In other words, even if the router and client software are configured to use the same port, the firewall could still be blocking it and preventing traffic” – lifewire.com
[01:16] “Port forwarding allows incoming uTorrent connections to come directly to your computer, which is exactly what you need for a peer to peer program like uTorrent to work correctly. Without port forwarding, those connections will be blocked by your router,and you you will get a low priority from other seeds” – portforward.com
[01:37] [ Optimize Your uTorrent Experience ]
[01:40] “Due to many reasons, agencies and ISPs all over the world discourage the use of BitTorrent. Some ISPs will attempt to throttle or even block any incoming BitTorrent traffic into their networks.
If you find yourself unable to download/upload or your speed is too slow, your BitTorrent port might be blocked” – rapidseedbox.com
Another example is, your ISP may block/limit extensive bandwidth consumption protocols like IPTV and torrent to preserve their core infrastructure. So you have to configure another port to work without being throttled.
There are only 4 steps to do port forwarding for every IP-based device: Windows/Linux/iOS/Android
– Assign the static IP address
– Add the port forwarding rule on Router’s web interface
– Allow the port on Firewall or Security software
– Verify the port is opened.
[02:26] [ Port forwarding on a router ]
[02:45] For my router: the Port Forwarding belong to the Security Setup section.
“Port forwarding function forwards WAN applications to LAN devices. Multiple port forwarding rules are supported”.
[02:56] You just need to fill up precisely Protocol, Port, Host IP address, ensure WAN interface is selected and the port will be opened/forwared.
Almost router share the same settings for port forwarding, some of them allow admin to choose a particular pre-defined application.
The elementary options are: IP address of the target machine and the Port number of the software (uTorrent).
[03:49] [ SET UP WINDOWS FIREWALL ]
For a high security environment, there is a chance that the administrator of the network deploys security rules with the Windows Firewall or Antivirus/Internet Security software to block un-defined application/ports to operate.
So we need to setup this intermediate component to let network traffic go through.
[04:05] You can take a look at this comprehensive router’s port forwarding guide.
[04:35] uTorrent has it own interface to check the port is opened correctly.
Alternatively, you can you online web tools like: CanYouSeeMe.org, PortTest.net
[04:43] “Port Test allows you to see if a TCP port on your computer is accessible over the Internet. Many programs and services require you to have open ports to use them properly, for example BitTorrent clients and FTP servers”
[ PORT TEST – CANYOUSEEME ]
[04:49] “Open Port Check Tool
This is a free utility for remotely verifying if a port is open or closed. It is useful to users who wish to verify port forwarding and check to see if a server is running or a firewall or ISP is blocking certain ports”
A router rebooting would be appreciated for some old router model.
“Connection timeout” instead of “Connection refused” due to inactive torrent downloading.
The port may be opened but no software is listening on the port yet.
The static IP address is the key to make port forwarding works properly, otherwise, you must specify the IP address manually each time the machine reboot with Automatic IP address scheme.
To address this issue, you can priority software with UPnP support, so that one enabled, the machine automatic negotiates with the router to handle the traffic.
[05:59] [ NETGEAR – LINKSYS – CISCO ]
[06:02] Check the router’s manufacturer website to get the manual on Port Forwarding properly: NetGear, Cisco, LinkSys, etc.
[06:01] “Port numbers for port forwarding:
– All NETGEAR router ports are closed by default to incoming traffic. (No port is closed to outgoing traffic.)
– NETGEAR routers pass incoming and outgoing traffic on the same port.
– Unless your router manual says otherwise, TCP and UDP traffic are passed through the same port, and both are opened or closed together” – netgear.com
[06:39] For the best experience with uTorrent as well as with Port Forwarding, you can leverage VPN software to maintain privacy, bypass ISP throttling, torrent streaming optimized.
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[06:24] “Please keep in mind your ISP (Internet Service Provider) can be blocking certain ports such as port 80, 25 and 21. You can call and ask if they are. If you are still not able to see the ports check your firewall and anti-virus software on your computer” – noip.com
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[ VPN PORT FORWARDING ]
[07:08] [ TORRENT SEARCH ENGINE ]
[07:11] “Katcr.co team has now launched a new torrent website that looks identical to the original Kickass site. It hosts a good number of torrent files and magnet links for movies torrent, TV shows, software, games, and music torrent” – thehackernews.com
To get the maximized speed of torrents you have to get a high quality torrent with great amount of sedder and health from a well-known Torrent Search Engine.
I perfer Kickass Torrents and The Pirate Bay.
[07:21] “The Pirate Bay has been blocked on many ISP’s around the world.
The Proxy Bay maintains a list of proxy sites that allow access to The Pirate Bay. These proxy sites are hosted in countries and networks where The Pirate Bay has not been blocked. There is more information about the blocks on Torrentfreak”