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    General Networking Tutorial

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    General Networking Tutorial

    Post  Peppies™ on 29th June 2010, 19:11

    This tutorial is written for people who find the annoying message of being not connectable

    Possible problems:

    You are in Local Area Network (LAN), that's why the tracker cannot connect to your torrent client.
    You are guarded by firewall which blocks the access to your PC, while protecting you from viruses, hackers etc.

    Please read the following text carefully and this may solve your problem.

    Finding out the ports being used by your client

    Please visit your Torrent client's network options section, there you should find the ports being used by your client. It is usually a range of ports "from-to", for example default ABC client ports are 6881-6999. You can change them of course, but please write these ports down. We will need them later. Now let's move on to your local network things.

    Finding your location on the network

    Firstly, we have to find out your local IP at your network. To do this, please go to Network Connections in your Windows Control Panel. Find your Local Area Connections with two blue monitors icon. Right-click on the active connection icon and click Properties. The connection's properties window pops up. It contains another internal window with the items the connection uses. Please double-click "Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)". Another window pops up. In the boxes below, every information of yourself as a network member is written.
    Put down your IP Address, and Default Gateway (yes, dots between the digits too!)
    So then, now we have two addresses. IP address stands for your local address in the network, and the default gateway is your router - the location where you are being connected to the world wide web. That's the next place we're going to visit at the next chapter.

    Configuring your router

    Routers are configured via http environment, so because of this feature, we will have to use our web browser.
    Run your Internet browser (Internet Explorer, Opera, Mozilla, whatever!), and type h**p://your-default-gateway-address
    Let's say default gateway of yours is, so we'll have to go to h**p:// .
    Note: if you use any proxy, you might want to turn it off to visit this local IP.
    So then, press enter, or Go button, and we should be inside the machine that keeps you online. You may be hinted for username and password, try pressing OK without entering any of these. If you're in, then we can continue, else please ask your network administrator for the access.
    Now, we are inside the router, with a cute web-site environment. From now on, we will have to improvise. I have no idea what router do you have, they all have different menus and stuff like that, so please read the following carefully.
    In most routers ports are being forwarded by finding the menu selection called Virtual Server. Please bother doing that, otherwise we will have to stop by this task. After getting into the Virtual Server section, you will find a lot of fields with a lot of selections.

    Possible are:
    Method - By name/by port - selection: by port
    Port type - TCP/UDP - selection: TCP
    Single port/port range - selection: Port Range
    Port Number - selection: enter your port range found out in 1st chapter. It's either two small text boxes where you enter first port, and in the other - the second one, or one bigger text box where you enter both ports separated by - sign. Example from above default ports: 6881-6999.
    Local IP server address: enter your local area network address called "IP Address" found out in chapter two.

    After you fill in all the fields, click Add or OK or whatever your router's button is. That's it! You will find your forwarding action something like this: "1. TCP(6881 to 6999)" in text area below, or different laid out list.
    If you entered those TCP ports exactly like they are set in your Torrent client, and Virtual Server Address as your Local IP found in chapter two, you should now get yourself connectable and without the annoying message in the site!


    If you can't see your local area's network address in user-friendly way, because you have "Obtain addresses automatically" selected, please use ipconfig utility (Start, Run, cmd, ipconfig) and find out your network IP.

    For people troubled with their firewall it's much less complicated. XP SP2 users can just select protection menu in control panel, and set up the exception ports - allowed by the firewall in extremely user-friendly environment. Please read chapter one for finding the ports used, and enter them into your firewall exception text boxes.

    For Zone Alarm users: select Firewall menu, Expert tab, Add Protocol and add the ports needed, by selecting TCP type and writing port numbers in the text boxes.

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