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« on: August 13, 2009, 07:38:11 am »

Periodically the tracker will try on the torrents which are seed or downloaded to connect the peer's torrent client programme. When one of these connection attempts fails, the following information box will be displayed above the "Search" page result list:

If you have a good share ratio and no trouble uploading data at a good rate on torrents, you might just choose to ignore the message and close it for the current login session by clicking on the "X" at its right hand side.

However, if you can hardly upload data, you should take some time in a free moment to verify that your torrent client is connectable and if not try to get it connectable.

Step 1 - Verify if the torrent client is connectable

Good torrent client programmes got a built-in test if they are connectable. With µTorrent/BitTorrent it is done as following:
- Options > Setup Guide > select the "Network" test only and run it
- If the result is a green check sign, it is connectable
- If the result is a yellow/orange check sign, it is not connectable

Vuze got a tool under "Help" > "NAT / Firewall test".

It is possible to use a third party website to test like , where you have to enter as port to test the port set in your torrent client's connection configuration settings.

Step 2 - Get it connectable for average users (like me) using UPnP*

Consumer and SOHO modem/routers get delivered typically with UPnP enabled. Bigger companies or public institutions like libraries, universities, schools, etc. ... most likely will have it disabled and allow incoming connection on very limited ports, still you can try.

Again good torrent clients support portforwarding configuration by UPnP. With µTorrent/BitTorrent it is done as following:
- Options > Preferences > Connection
- There select "Enable UPnP port mapping", "Enable NAT-PMP port mapping" (if you use an Apple Airport)
- Select "Add Windows Firewall exception"
- Don't select to randomize the port each start

Then shutdown (not minimize to the tray) and restart your µTorrent/BitTorrent. As well when these settings were already made. Next test again if it is connectable. If not:

Reboot your computer and modem/router. Then when the internet is back, test again if it is connectable. If not:

Check the settings of your third party firewall, anti-virus, internet-security suite, anti-spy ware and similar software settings to allow incoming connections on the port set in your torrent client's connection settings for both TCP and UDP.

* = experts and security maniacs will prefer to use a manual portforwarding configuration, but then those will know how to do that...
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