We can all agree on the notion that torrenting and P2P are vital parts of the Internet liberty. It’s not about the method, it’s about the pirated data you acquire via this method that can get you in trouble. And Vuze is, besides the uTorrent, probably the most used torrent client out there.
Now due to privacy issues and ISP measures to condemn your P2P sharing, sometimes you need to get that VPN. And, even though Vuze operates great with both VPNs and proxy servers, there are some cases when they won’t work together.
Some users weren’t able to connect with peers while VPN was on and integrated with Vuze. Others experienced substantial slowdowns or the downloads wouldn’t even start. Now, some suspect port forwarding issues, but based on what we saw, these problems are not always as complex as one would imagine. So, we provided the possible solutions for the issue below. They should help you resume your torrenting sessions with VPN enabled.
How to fix VPN issues with Vuze
- Reset Vuze configuration
- Manually configure VPN
- Change protocol and server (P2P server)
- Search for a proper VPN
1: Reset Vuze configuration
There are 3 modes of configuration settings for a good reason in Vuze. The Advanced mode, the highest one concerning Users Proficiency, carries a lot of various tweaks that can, if misconfigured, affect negatively Vuze’s performance. Also, some updates or plug-ins can change the settings on their own.
Because of that, we recommend disabling VPN temporarily and resetting Vuze configuration to factory values. This can be done rather simply, and here are the exact instructions:
- Disable VPN.
- Open the Vuze desktop client.
- From the Main Menu, select Tools > Options.
- Select Mode from the left pane.
- Click on Reset under the “Reset configuration to default values (restart recommended)“.
- Close Vuze.
- Enable VPN and Start Vuze again. Try test-downloading a torrent of your choice.
2: Manually configure VPN
Another way to troubleshoot the issues with VPN and Vuze is to manually configure the VPN protocol. This can be done within the Advanced settings section. The usual procedure includes automatic configuring, mainly by utilizing VPN Helper plug-ins. However, there are many things that can go wrong and you’ll be forced to use a by-hand approach in order to fix the error.
Some users said that everything worked great and the issues suddenly emerged, which points towards updates as the main reason for the error at hand. Now, this might be the router update as well. So check router settings, too, and make sure that Firewall isn’t blocking encrypted connections like PPTP or L2TP.
If you’re not sure how to configure VPN manually, follow the steps we provided below:
- Enable VPN and open Vuze.
- Select Tools from the Main Menu, and open Options.
- Choose Mode from the left pane.
- Select Advanced under the User Proficiency.
- Now, choose Connection > Advanced Network settings.
- In the “Bind to local IP address or interface” field, type one of the prefixes of the VPN-related ports. You’ll recognize them in the list below as WAN MINIPORTs with encryption protocols in parenthesis.
- Navigate below and check the “Enforce IP bindings even when interfaces are not available, prevents any connection if none of the specified interfaces are available” box.
- Save changes and try using Vuze again. The Routing gauge needs to turn green in order for the client to work.
3: Change protocol and server (P2P server)
VPN-wise, there are also one or two things you can try out. Firstly, we recommend switching your encryption protocol to another one and try connecting. We would start with the PPTP which is the fastest one (and least secure) and move through the list. The sweet spot is reserved for OpenVPN which emphasizes on fast bandwidth and up-to-256-bit encryption.
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Moreover, it’s important to know that not every available server supports P2P sharing. Thus, shifting between the various servers can be a solution for your issue. Furthermore, we recommend contacting your VPN provider to find out which exact server or geo-location which support torrenting.
4: Search for a proper VPN
In the end, instead of providing a workaround, we encourage you to confirm that you’re, indeed, using the VPN solution which is up to the task. Namely, in the crowded VPN market, there are still some differences between the top tools. Some of them are faster, some offer better privacy protective traits. However, this all applies mostly to paid, premium solutions.
Free solutions can come in handy when you need a temporary solution. On the other hand, if you want to download torrents and seed files to your P2P compatriots without being tracked and without throttled bandwidth — we recommend only premium solutions. Also, we recommend premium solutions that support P2P sharing, which makes them eligible for Vuze.
Here’s our list of solutions you should check out:
- CyberGhost VPN (Editors Choice for best VPN of 2020)
- NordVPN (recommended)
- HotspotShield VPN (suggested)
As you’ll find on your own, they all support P2P sharing, have unlimited bandwidth speeds and, foremost, great customer support which should help you configure the client for Vuze.
That should do it. In case you have any questions or suggestions, make sure to tell us in the comments section below.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April, 2018 and has since been updated for freshness, and accuracy.