University is blocking the downloading of torrents. Is there a way around this?

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Post by chicagonative on Tue 20 Nov 2012, 15:49

Hello,

I live off-campus, but go to school and work on-campus. My university really doesn't block anything on our internet. Except, it seems, torrents. Now, I can go to torrent sites, like PirateBay and whatnot, and I can download the actual torrent file, but when I'm in my torrent client (uTorrent, in my case, though I've tested this on Tixati as well), I cannot download the file until I get home to my own personal internet. Is there a way I can get around this block my school seems to have put on downloading torrents? I've noticed sometimes that if I leave it long enough, it will start to download, but only at about 5-10 kbps. So not enough to put even a dent in downloading it. I know there's a proxy to get to the torrent sites, but as I said, that's not where the issue lies. Is there some sort of proxy to mask the actual downloading process?

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Post by t2sink on Tue 20 Nov 2012, 20:51

Can use a VPN or do a proxy server within uTorrent I think should work.

I'm using a Proxy server (I forgot I even did it until I was looking at settings the other way.) Which just is just a Socks4 protocol, no idea how well it is in stopping my ISP from noticing what I'm downloading tho, hopefully enough I guess.

So just google how to use a proxy with utorrent and look at a few of them, see what way you want to go, HTTP, HTTPS(if it exist yet.) Socks4, or Socks5, Might have to try a few different ones while at your University, see what one works the best for you.

If you have anymore questions on this, feel free to ask.
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Post by chicagonative on Wed 21 Nov 2012, 17:14

Okay, this now allows me to download torrents, but with a catch. I have to start the download somewhere off-campus, using an internet connection that is not affiliated with the school's. Once I get on-campus, it will continue to download. But if I try to initiate the download on-campus, it won't work. While it's not the easy solution I was hoping for, it's still better than what I was working with, which was the school blocking the download no matter where I initiated it.

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Post by louisvp on Wed 21 Nov 2012, 18:47

Use a VPN. Try SecurityKiss, it's pretty fast and you can choose from a few servers.

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Post by chicagonative on Wed 21 Nov 2012, 19:07

Ah, that is a good one! I've tried other VPN softwares, but I've found them confusing. This oen was as simple as clicking a button, and suddenly I seem to have transported myself across the country...

As I am now on Thanksgiving break, I'll have to wait until Monday to give this a go at the school.

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Post by t2sink on Wed 21 Nov 2012, 19:20

http://www.technize.net/securitykiss-a-free-vpn-software-for-windows/[/mention] wrote:Please note that the free version only allows you a maximum bandwidth of 300MB/day and you can only browse the Internet through the free account. If you want to download stuff from torrents, you will need to go for a paid version which only costs around $5.

So, Yeah, it won't work with torrents unless you do the paid version.

Most VPN do that, free version lacks Torrent support, just because torrenting is a big data user, so lacking support saves them money.
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