Torrent technology is an amazing in the sense it uses swarms of users to serve and share files you may be trying to download. It’s been implemented by many companies and is a very bandwidth efficient format to get your files served to you faster. Whenever I download CentOS DVDs, I use utorrent and other companies such as blizzard have incorporated it into their World of Warcraft update infrastructure (a very smart move).
Now let’s say that your ISP throttles bittorrent as a protocol (most or all do). We can easily bypass this by getting on a backbone that will prevent this via VPN.
The first step is to use utorrent as a protocol. The second step is to use a VPN to only pipe the VPN traffic in and out of the pipe.
So here are the steps.
1. Go to your computer and add an extra ip on your subnet to the computer that runs utorrent. If your local subnet is 192.168.1.0/24 and you have 1 ip that is 192.168.1.100, add an extra ip to your computer that is 192.168.1.101
2. Go to preferences in utorrent then go to advanced.
3. Modify net.bind_ip and net.outgoing_ip and set it to the 192.168.1.101 address (or whatever extra ip address you specified.
4. Restart Utorrent. Now Utorrent will only use that ip address.
5. If you have a pfsense box with an openvpn account going to a vpn provider, just set a rule to route all the traffic from that IP out the VPN gateway.
6. If you do not have a pfsense box, you will need to get a VPN account that does not block traffic on any ports coming in and going out.
*** You’re done if you have a VPN account with a pfsense box by the way ***
If you don’t have a pfsense box, then just download Oracle Virtualbox and set up a virtual PC. It doesn’t have to be powerful, but set the NIC (Network Interface card) to be in bridged mode.
Give it an IP address and install the OpenVPN client and utorrent to the virtual machine as well.
Don’t forget to set a shared folder on where you would like your torrent files to be saved on your regular machine.
Now, all you have to do is fire up the openvpn client on the virtual machine and run utorrent from inside it. All traffic will be routed out the VPN!
Remember, there’s always more than one way to skin a cat!
Cheers and Happy Torrenting.