It appears that various ISPs from around the world are blocking Torrents by either throttling all torrent downloads or blocking open ports. It can be hard to determine which ports may be open at a given point in time, as one cannot sweep through thousands of ports to check which one the ISP might have been kept open by the Internet Service Provider. A simple solution for bypassing Torrent throttling by ISPs is however available. See the below guide for more details.
Torrent Throttling Badly Affects People Who Use Torrents For Legal Purposes
While many people use Torrents for copyrights violations, the ISPs should spare a thought for people who need to download Linux distributions and other types of legal stuff from Torrents. Nonetheless, it is quite understandable that piracy has lead to this dilemma. But for those of you who wish to use Torrent for download open source and free to distribute applications or perhaps royalty free books backed by the open education movement, all is not gloomy.
The below guide is not meant to encourage download of copyright protected content. WML Cloud and its team will not be responsible if you use the below mentioned guide for copyrights violations or to violate any laws applicable within your territory or internationally.
The Workaround To Download Torrents At “Full Throttle”
The Workaround to torrent throttling is pretty easy. Below are four easy workarounds to download Torrents without any interruptions.
Deluge is a cross-platform torrent client which seems to be able to resist the effects of torrent throttling. This is because it is able to randomly find ports that are open and of course, the fact that it encrypts the connection (or at least those are the best reasons I could find). Deluge seems to have worked for various people from around the world who have been facing slow downloads or are unable to download Torrents.
When using Deluge you should be able to easily download torrents, however, in case you face any issues head over to Edit –> Preferences or hit CTRL+P.
Now, go to the Network tab and click “Use Random Ports”. While that should pretty much do the job for you, in case you face any issues, restart Deluge. Deluge works with the following platforms:
- Mac OS X
Switch To Port 80
While this might not work for everyone, some people have found this method to be useful. You can manually specify a port in your Torrent client and switch to either Port 80 or port 8080. These ports are not blocked by ISPs and in some cases can be useful in downloading Torrents. Also make sure that you disable UPnp and Nat-PMP port mapping, that too can slow down to shut down your torrents. In fact, I have observed that disabling these two options on restricted networks can often begin Torrent downloads, however at a slow speed.
Use Magnet Links
In some cases the use of Magnet Links has resulted in seamless downloads. This might be the case as Magnet links simply contain small amounts of information about the content of the files that they are linked with. This can might mean obtaining the file from more sources. For details, see my post about: How To Use Magnet Links.
Use A VPN
While this is not the most recommended choice due to slow downloading, however if nothing else works, simply switch to a VPN and then try downloading your torrents. As a VPN morphs your connection, you will be able to download Torrents via the VPN network. For free VPN services, see my post: Free Mobile And Desktop Apps For Accessing Restricted Websites.