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How to Bypass Torrent Blocking by your ISP

by Mrinal Saha

Torrents are often related to piracy, huge bandwidth, and lawsuits. And this is why it’s pretty common to see universities and offices blocking torrents. Fair enough.

But what I don’t like is, when the ISPs are banning torrent for home users. This is a violation of net neutrality. The Internet should be open to everyone. As long as people are not causing any hard, ISP should have no say on what to see and what not.So, if your ISP is blocking torrent, here are a couple of ways to bypass it.

So, if your ISP is blocking torrent, here are a couple of ways to bypass it.


Bypass Torrent Blocking

1. Get the HTTP link

So, the way torrents are blocked is by closing the p2p ports. But the ISPs can never block HTTP (port 80) or FTP ports (port 21) since these ports are used for regular browsing. So, if we can somehow use this HTTP/FTP port to access torrents, we are good to go.

And websites like zbigz helps us to do exactly that. Simply put, it sits between you and torrent server and helps you convert a torrent file to direct download link.

Start by downloading the .torrent file on your computer. If the torrent sites are blocked, you can use a VPN to unlock it. Upload the .torrent file to zbigz. It’ll fetch the content and store it on their own server and finally give you are a regular download link.

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Next, upload the .torrent file to zbigz. It’ll fetch the content and store it on their own server and finally give you are a regular download link.

Overall, the service is free and reliable. I have seen it working for the past 6 years and never had any problem. Though sometimes, it may take a while to cache the content, if there is too much load on the server. There is also a premium plan, for those who use this service frequently, but if you are willing to pay for this service, we suggest you check our next option.

If for some reason, you can not access zbigz, then try Bitport, it’s pretty good as well. Though, the free version is limited to 1 GB and require you to create an account with your email address.

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#2 Start Elsewhere

Another creative way to bypass torrent blocking in offices and institutions is by starting the download from a different source and once you are successfully connected to peers, switch to your regular office WiFi connection. The downloading would continue.

For example, start by temporary connecting your computer to your mobile data (or any internet) by creating a hotspot. Once the torrent is connected to its peers and the download starts, switch to your regular internet connection. It should still work.

The logic behind this is simple, the firewall can only detect the first handshake, if you do that first handshake from other sources and come back to the old network, the downloading will continue.

3. VPN

VPN or Virtual private server is the most popular method bypasses any kind of internet blocking. It encrypts all kind of traffic, so your ISP will not know what you are downloading and from where. Although they can see huge bandwidth consumption on an encrypted network, so if that’s a concern, temporary change your MAC address.

Related: What is VPN, and Why You Should Use it?


Now here is the tricky part, there are many VPN providers in the market. Some are free and some are paid. But, the most popular VPN like TunnelBear does not support VPN. The only VPN that supports BitTorrent and can also be trusted is — HideMe.

The free version of HideMe offers only get 2 GB. But that should not a problem. Once your torrents start downloading, you can simply turn OFF the VPN and the downloading will continue. When you use correctly, this can give you unlimited torrent download on the restricted network. However, if you are a power user, we suggest you go for the premium version.

4. Seedbox

Seedbox is generally used to download torrents anonymously. In many countries, the ISP sends a warning email, if they found you using torrent. And services like seedbox, overcome such problem.

Consider it similar to zbigz i.e. it acts as a middleman. In very simple words, a seedbox is a powerful computer which is specially designed for downloading torrents at huge speed. So, first, you download the torrent to your seedbox and then you transfer that to your computer. And since the connection is encrypted FTP or HTTP,  it’ll appear as regular file transfer to the ISP.

Overall, if you are heavy torrent user and want to keep thing anonymous, seed box offers long term solution. The only issue is the service is mostly paid, ranging from 2$ a month to 20$ a month. Here is the complete list of popular seedbox service with price and quality comparison.

Wrapping Up

So, these were some ways to download torrents when blocked by your ISP. In most cases, tempory using your mobile data to connect to peers and then switching back to your regular connection (method 2) should work. Though, if you are advanced users, you can go with Seedbox as well, though, make sure you do your research before selecting the best one.
Which method do you use? Let us know in the comments.


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