Help with torrenting please?



  • Sometimes I like to use bittorrent to grab large OS images, but I can't seem to get it to work with pfsense.

    • I set the listening port in utorrent to 30016
    • Made a port forwarding rule that sends all incoming traffic on port 30016 to my PC, associated rule is automatically created to go with it
    • Opened port 30016 for the LAN interface

    I can't connect to any peers, and the utorrent tester says the port isn't open which throws me for a loop. I've hosted a game server on this machine before, so I know that port forwarding can work, there must be something I'm missing.

    The pfsense box is directly connected to the cable modem on its WAN interface, and then the LAN port goes to a DD-WRT device that's set up as a wireless switch.


  • Rebel Alliance Global Moderator

    So when you say you opened up 30016 for the lan interface?  Why would you do this, when by default all ports outbound are allowed by default.

    2nd so all these peers your trying to talk to - they also run their p2p client on 30016?  If not why would you think you need to open this port.  Since anyone is free to run their p2p client on any port they want, and many have it just random.  When you wan to talk to him and say - hey do you have part X of torrent Y?

    If you have locked down your lan rules to only allow specific ports outbound, this would explain your issue with p2p.



  • @johnpoz:

    So when you say you opened up 30016 for the lan interface?  Why would you do this, when by default all ports outbound are allowed by default.

    2nd so all these peers your trying to talk to - they also run their p2p client on 30016?  If not why would you think you need to open this port.  Since anyone is free to run their p2p client on any port they want, and many have it just random.  When you wan to talk to him and say - hey do you have part X of torrent Y?

    If you have locked down your lan rules to only allow specific ports outbound, this would explain your issue with p2p.

    Thanks John.