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Re: FC-1 firewall script for bittorrent



Without unblocking the ports bittorrent will indeed work, as you can
attest to. The problem is that by default your firewall will only
allow ESTABLISHED connection to requests made by your IP. This means
that people can't connect to your machine to request downloads. This
also means that users can't directly upload to you, based on the
trackers instructions.

Long story short, you get less connections established for your
transfer, which translate to much slower speeds. After I unblocked
those ports on my system, my bt's went from an average of 4-10 to more
like 15 to max download speed of my line.

On Tue, 15 Jun 2004 02:21:35 +0100, D. D. Brierton <darren dzr-web com> wrote:
> 
> I'd love it if someone could explain this to me: bittorrent works fine
> for me on FC2, and it did on FC1 and RHL9, and I've always used
> redhat|system-config-securitylevel and have never added any extra
> workarounds to open up ports 6881-6889. So how come bittorrent works at
> all? Admittedly I don't always get the greatest download speeds with it,
> but I thought that was more to do with slow seeders, or too many
> leachers and not enough seeders or something. I certainly have on
> occasion got download speeds that have maxed out my DSL connection.
> 
> Relatedly, as you both appear to be using system-config-securitylevel,
> how did you add the extra rules for ports 6881-6889?
> 
> TIA.
> 
> Best, Darren
> 
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