I noticed I could no longer download anything from my favorite torrent client FrostWire.  Upon further research, it appears Comcast is implementing technology to block this traffic.  Sparing you the technical details, you can use a  VPN service for working around this.

A VPN service connects you to a service so all your traffic is passed thru a new IP.  That means while you are on the internet thru that new IP only, all traffic you generate on Comcast’s network only seems to go to/from that VPN IP.

VPN is normally associated with a company network so you can get to your work files.  Similar in concept, but this is good for anonymous web surfing or while using anything on Tor network (not the same as torrents!) and now needed for Torrents apparently.

I use TorrentPrivacy, and my torrents are now downloading again.  Here’s a good write up to find your own VPN Service.


Categories: News in ITTech Tips

1 Comment

Lisa · April 12, 2017 at 7:08 pm

YES!!! And since comcast has a monopoly (at least the US East coast) I had to change my IP to another country. WORKED like a charm. Thanks!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Posts

Tech Tips

Wired internet without running wires- Ethernet over power lines

I recently implemented this at my house where running a physical ethernet cable for internet was not possible but required for a workstation my wife needed for work.  You plug this into your router and Read more…


SharePoint 2013- URLs you need to know

(Remember for SharePoint 2013 you might want to add “15” after “/_layouts/” but if you don’t SharePoint will take care of that for you) .. Also some of these are turned off on Office 365 Read more…


Upgrade to Windows 10 – What about SA and Business Users?!

In a nushell, this will be free for business users. Professional vs Enterprise users its a different path to get there…