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ban from public tracker?

PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 12:25 am
by NYTReader
I think my home IP has been banned at openbittorrent. Here is what I have:
- I cannot scrape the tracker from home (well it works maybe very fifth try)
- I have no problems pinging it from home (no lost packets from tracker.openbittorrent.com)
- I have no problems scraping the tracker from my university
- there are no problems listed for the tracker at host-tracker.com

Is there a way to tell for sure if I have been banned by openbittorrent? And if so, is there a way to get the ban removed?

Re: ban from public tracker?

PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 3:28 am
by qm2003
email them

Re: ban from public tracker?

PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 11:08 am
by MrFredPFL
- I cannot scrape the tracker from home (well it works maybe very fifth try)


it's a very halfassed ban if it occassionally fails. i don't ever remember hearing of a ban that occassionally let someone through in the same circumstances.

Re: ban from public tracker?

PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 1:15 pm
by NYTReader
Thanks for the responses qm and Fred.

If it is not a ban is there something else that might be causing this? Maybe at the ISP level? Seems very odd.

Re: ban from public tracker?

PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 1:43 pm
by ejonesss
if you are banned you should get something like "this ip or account has been banned from this tracker" or something like it.

it may be a number of things like bad router on the internet or home router, bad dns resolver server (i should know my isp has a bad dns resolver and does not want to admit it).

Re: ban from public tracker?

PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:39 pm
by craftycorner
It could be fuckery at the tracker level too, Openbittorrent doesn't quite have it's sealegs yet, and is crashy. Keep your DHT open and you will grab peers.

Re: ban from public tracker?

PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:20 pm
by NYTReader
Thanks for all of the pointers guys. It sounds like the consensus is that I have been banned, but that the problem might lie with my ISP (Time Warner).

At any rate I am still having sporadic problems which is driving me bonkers.

Re: ban from public tracker?

PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 12:05 am
by craftycorner
There is also utorrent which can play multiple ports so you can use non-standard ports which can get around your ISP'S blocking specific port blocking. There are forums out there for beating ISP's at this game, and a new protocol called One Swarm which is brand new. Don't give up hope.

Re: ban from public tracker?

PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:52 am
by anonomously2
You might try using a proxy to help diagnose the problem.

Re: ban from public tracker?

PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 10:49 am
by LD50%
Grab a VPN.......solves most problems. The Swedish ones are pants, the Swiss ones are WAYYYY better. Better a bank in Zürich than Stockholm.... hint hint swissvpn? same speed as your isp..........................shhhh.

Re: ban from public tracker?

PostPosted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 4:16 pm
by NYTReader
Thanks also for the proxy suggestion guys: really good.

I am going to try fiddling around with a few more settings before then. Hopefully this will work.

more infos: can anyone figure this out now?

PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2009 1:30 am
by NYTReader
I wanted to follow-up on my previous post with some more infos: maybe this will allow the techie folks here to diagnose my problem.

I looked at a set of torrents which have openbittorrent as a tracker. Among these, I only seem to have problems with certain torrents. That is, some torrents which have openbittorrent as their exclusive tracker do not have problems while others do (problems scraping and unable to find peers).

I took the problem torrents to another PC at my university and they worked fine (I tested at the exact same time on all computers, remote desktopping to the uni pc).

finally I did contact my ISP (Time Warner) and they were insistent that they do not limit access to sites or packet shape.

Re: ban from public tracker?

PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2009 5:49 am
by enigmax
NYTReader wrote:Is there a way to tell for sure if I have been banned by openbittorrent? And if so, is there a way to get the ban removed?

OpenBitTorrent is plagued by spammers and other undesirables, so if your IP has been used to abuse it before (maybe someone else had it before you) then it could be banned. Good luck in getting any answers out of them at all, but it might be worth trying

NYTReader wrote:If it is not a ban is there something else that might be causing this? Maybe at the ISP level? Seems very odd.


craftycorner wrote:Openbittorrent doesn't quite have it's sealegs yet

^^^this

LD50% wrote:hint hint swissvpn? same speed as your isp

I don't know anyone who can get more than 10mbit out of Swiss VPN but it is a good, reliable, stable and cheap service for sure.

NYTReader wrote:Thanks also for the proxy suggestion guys: really good.

Try a free, but currently limited to 1mb, VPN service from ItsHidden

http://www.itshidden.com/index.php?opti ... &Itemid=54

Re: ban from public tracker?

PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2009 11:20 pm
by craftycorner
DHT is very very good if you can't get a tracker to work. Most people using OpenBittorrent know it doesn't have it's sealegs yet so they use DHT has a second wheel to the bicycle.

Re: ban from public tracker?

PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2009 2:53 pm
by craftycorner
The Pirate Bay now has something called Magnet Links. You leftclick on the magnet icon, copy 'link location', then go to Utorrent, click 'from the web' and that pastes your magnet directly to Utorrent. At least that's how I do it, as officially, Utorrent doesn't have Magnet support yet 8) Also, if you allow legacy connections and check "forced encryption" that can hide your ass from your ISP. Utorrent has both.