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My university's internet has blocked torrents
Replies: 8Last Post July 19, 2010 9:30pm by mattO
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Is there anyway I can get around it? I have bittorrent download something but it wont start because the university has somehow blocked torrents.

Is there a way around this?

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It depends how / what they've blocked.

If they've blocked the downloading of .torrent files, then ask a friend who's not at your university to download it, zip it and email it to you.

If they've blocked the BitTorrent protocol, try turning on encryption in your client. This may not work all the time, however, if the university is doing DPI (deep packet inspection).

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Quote: from DefaultTo0 at 12:03 pm on April 3, 2010

It depends how / what they've blocked.

If they've blocked the downloading of .torrent files, then ask a friend who's not at your university to download it, zip it and email it to you.

If they've blocked the BitTorrent protocol, try turning on encryption in your client. This may not work all the time, however, if the university is doing DPI (deep packet inspection).


I haven't got any friends....

can you zip 4.13 GB actually and still be able to email it?

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Quote: from Dedalus at 2:09 pm on April 3, 2010

can you zip 4.13 GB actually and still be able to email it?

The option to zip and then email the .torrent file would not be that big. It would be 1MB maximum. A .torrent file is just what starts the download and has the tracker list.

Most school networks don't block the download of .torrent files though, most block the protocol.

One of the ways my roommate got around it at his high school (boarding school for smart people) was to encrypt it and run it through port 80 (HTTP, almost never blocked).  That network blocked the protocol and only had select ports open on the firewall.

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Quote: from espresso8097 at 12:21 pm on April 3, 2010

Quote: from Dedalus at 2:09 pm on April 3, 2010

can you zip 4.13 GB actually and still be able to email it?

The option to zip and then email the .torrent file would not be that big.  It would be 1MB maximum.  A .torrent file is just what starts the download and has the tracker list.  

Most school networks don't block the download of .torrent files though, most block the protocol.  

One of the ways my roommate got around it at his high school (boarding school for smart people) was to encrypt it and run it through port 80 (HTTP, almost never blocked). That network blocked the protocol and only had select ports open on the firewall.


I can download the .torrent file and open it with bittorrent but it just doesn't download.

Ive enabled encrypting ot the protocol, tried running it through the port you have. I've also tried that "your-freedom" program which won't connect to allow me to run the torrent through that.

So I'm out of ideas.

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Quote: from Dedalus at 8:39 pm on April 3, 2010

Quote: from espresso8097 at 12:21 pm on April 3, 2010

Quote: from Dedalus at 2:09 pm on April 3, 2010

can you zip 4.13 GB actually and still be able to email it?
 

 The option to zip and then email the .torrent file would not be that big. It would be 1MB maximum. A .torrent file is just what starts the download and has the tracker list.  

 Most school networks don't block the download of .torrent files though, most block the protocol.  

 One of the ways my roommate got around it at his high school (boarding school for smart people) was to encrypt it and run it through port 80 (HTTP, almost never blocked).  That network blocked the protocol and only had select ports open on the firewall.


I can download the .torrent file and open it with bittorrent but it just doesn't download.

Ive enabled encrypting ot the protocol, tried running it through the port you have. I've also tried that "your-freedom" program which won't connect to allow me to run the torrent through that.

So I'm out of ideas.


It seems like they're performing DPI to detect whether traffic is BitTorrent-related or not. Therefore, your only course of action is to remote-download the files onto a home computer (I know that uTorrent has a web interface), and then use something like SSH to transfer the files. These are both quite geeky concepts  - feel free to Google either "utorrent web interface" or "ssh on windows/mac/etc" and if you still need help, post a new topic on LiveWire with the relevant questions.

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It's a bad idea to download illegal stuff on a college internet connection. Some colleges monitor the downloads pretty heavily and will report you to the RIAA/MPAA (but you never said anything about legal/illegal torrents, so I was just giving a warning)

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You're pretty much at the mercy of their policies, since they could potentially detect any method you use to circumvent the rules... I'd recommend stocking up while you're at home, and otherwise waiting to own your own private internet connection for your illegal activities.

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