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Hello, 

I am new to Torguard, and have not used VPNs for a long time. So I had some questions. 

  1. Will port forwarding cause leaks to happen when downloading a torrent? If I choose to port forward, is this done all through the Torguard website, or will I have change settings within my actual router? Also, will I need to change any settings within the Torguard desktop app? So, should I port forward or not? 
  2. What are the correct qBittorrent settings to have when using the Torguard VPN?
  3. Should I use the torrent proxy along with the VPN, or the proxy by itself, or not at all? Last time I used the socks5 proxy, I was able to download the torrent but seeding did not work for some reason. So should I even bother using it?

 

Thanks. 

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First off, welcome to TorGuard!

 

1. If you're using OpenVPN/Wireguard it shouldn't leak unless for some reason you are disconnected. You do not need to portforward in your router if you're connected via OpenVPN/Wireguard, only portforward from the TorGuard dashboard.

Instructions:

  1. https://torguard.net/clientarea.php?action=products
  2. Find your subscription and click "Manage"
  3. Click "Port Forward Request" from drop down list
  4. On the left side, add your qBittorrent port from the Settings > Connection > Listening Port. Turn off the following settings: UPnP / Nat-PMP, Use Different Ports

 

2. These are my current settings with WireGuard and they work fine for me.

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3. Not necessary, it may slow your speeds down and port forwarding may not work properly. For seeding (uploading), port forwarding is necessary to maximum speeds. Using proxy could act as an extra layer of protection against leaks in-case your connection is lost to the VPN.

 

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On 7/14/2021 at 9:45 AM, TorGuard said:

First off, welcome to TorGuard!

 

1. If you're using OpenVPN/Wireguard it shouldn't leak unless for some reason you are disconnected. You do not need to portforward in your router if you're connected via OpenVPN/Wireguard, only portforward from the TorGuard dashboard.

Instructions:

  1. https://torguard.net/clientarea.php?action=products
  2. Find your subscription and click "Manage"
  3. Click "Port Forward Request" from drop down list
  4. On the left side, add your qBittorrent port from the Settings > Connection > Listening Port. Turn off the following settings: UPnP / Nat-PMP, Use Different Ports

 

2. These are my current settings with WireGuard and they work fine for me.

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Thank you for the help. I just was curious about the reasoning behind your qBittorrent settings. 

1. What is the reason for turning off "use UPnP/NAT-PMP"

2. Why uncheck/disable "enable DHT" & "enable peer exchange PeX"? Aren't those useful? 

3. Shouldn't "anonymous mode" be enabled for the additional security? 

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11 hours ago, T0rGuardUs3r said:

Thank you for the help. I just was curious about the reasoning behind your qBittorrent settings. 

1. What is the reason for turning off "use UPnP/NAT-PMP"

2. Why uncheck/disable "enable DHT" & "enable peer exchange PeX"? Aren't those useful? 

3. Shouldn't "anonymous mode" be enabled for the additional security? 

 

1. It's for forwarding ports in your router automatically, when you're behind a VPN it's useless. Unless you plan to torrent without a VPN, you can safely keep that disabled.

2. I keep it disabled mainly for private trackers, if you're using public trackers it may help increase speed.

3. Anonymous mode changes your user agent and fingerprint. You can enable it if you want, I keep it disabled as I read somewhere that it can effect speeds. Read more about it here: https://github.com/qbittorrent/qBittorrent/wiki/Anonymous-Mode — I don't see it offering much additional security whilst behind VPN. Maybe would be good for when you only use SOCKS proxies.

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8 hours ago, TorGuard said:

 

1. It's for forwarding ports in your router automatically, when you're behind a VPN it's useless. Unless you plan to torrent without a VPN, you can safely keep that disabled.

2. I keep it disabled mainly for private trackers, if you're using public trackers it may help increase speed.

3. Anonymous mode changes your user agent and fingerprint. You can enable it if you want, I keep it disabled as I read somewhere that it can effect speeds. Read more about it here: https://github.com/qbittorrent/qBittorrent/wiki/Anonymous-Mode — I don't see it offering much additional security whilst behind VPN. Maybe would be good for when you only use SOCKS proxies.

1. Okay, thanks I understand now. 

2. I'll disable those options then when using a private tracker myself, but keep it enabled when using public ones. 

3. I'll leave anonymous mode enabled for now, but if I notice a reduction in speeds then I will probably disable it, if that is indeed the cause of that problem.

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There is a built in feature under "Advanced Settings" that allows you to bind qBittorrent to the VPN interface to prevent leaks, note that a firewall does better job but it's a setting worth enabling none the less.

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I am not sure about your setup, but many users reported in past that their qbittorrent only works if interface is set. In advanced settings, choose according interface, if you use torguard client and wireguard, then it is torguard-wg like in this screenshot:

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You can of course use proxy/socks together with vpn, for seeding it is important that your client reports correct IP, you could consider using dynamic dns if your ip changes.

I do use socks5 together with vpn.

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On 7/19/2021 at 8:09 PM, 19807409 said:

I am not sure about your setup, but many users reported in past that their qbittorrent only works if interface is set. In advanced settings, choose according interface, if you use torguard client and wireguard, then it is torguard-wg like in this screenshot:

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You can of course use proxy/socks together with vpn, for seeding it is important that your client reports correct IP, you could consider using dynamic dns if your ip changes.

I do use socks5 together with vpn.

Yeah, I already set up the network interface option so its bound to Torguard. When I tried to use socks5 proxy, it wouldn't let me seed.

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