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Solved: VPN won’t work with Vuze on Windows PCs

Aleksandar Ognjanovic
by Aleksandar Ognjanovic

Troubleshooting Expert

  • A truly liberated web experience has to include torrenting and P2P sharing and Vuze is one popular tool for that.
  • If you are using a VPN with Vuze (and who isn’t?), you might face occasional instances when the two simply won’t work together.
  • Although you can go on using Vuze without a VPN, we wouldn’t recommend it if you care about privacy.
  • Our guide will teach you exactly what you need to do to restore your VPN’s compatibility with Vuze.

torrents not downloading with vpn

We can all agree on the notion that torrenting and P2P are vital parts of 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 Vuze not downloading with VPN (as in 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 can I fix VPN issues with Vuze?

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 the Vuze configuration to factory values. This can be done rather simply, and here are the exact instructions:

  1. Disable VPN.
  2. Open the Vuze desktop client.
  3. From the Main Menu, select Tools > Options.vpn not working with vuze
  4. Select Mode from the left pane.
  5. Click on Reset under the Reset configuration to default values (restart recommended).vpn not working with vuze
  6. Close Vuze.
  7. Enable VPN and Start Vuze again. Try test-downloading a torrent of your choice.

2. Search for a proper VPN

Private Internet Access

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, Private Internet Access is one well-rounded VPN that can deliver both speed and best-in-class security.

If you want to download torrents and seed files to your peers without being tracked and without throttled bandwidth, P2P sharing optimized PIA is your best bet.

Perfectly compatible with Vuze, this VPN supports more than torrenting, it’s also perfect for streaming and gaming as it is renowned for bypassing geo-restrictions, ISP throttling and servers’ buffering thanks to its lightning-fast download speeds, unlimited bandwidth and impressive network of 3292+ globally spread servers to choose from.

Private Internet Access

Private Internet Access

Unleash Vuze’s potential: download torrents and enjoy limitless P2P sharing with PIA!

3. 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. Just as an example, there is a Vuze VPN Helper for Private Internet Access and you can use this plugin to troubleshoot PIA not set up properly.

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:

  1. Enable VPN and open Vuze.
  2. Select Tools from the Main Menu, and open Options.vpn not working with vuze
  3. Choose Mode from the left pane.
  4. Select Advanced under User Proficiency.vpn not working with vuze
  5. Now, choose Connection > Advanced Network settings.
  6. 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.vpn not working with vuze
  7. 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.vpn not working with vuze
  8. Save changes and try using Vuze again. The Routing gauge needs to turn green in order for the client to work.

4. 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 fast bandwidth and up-to-256-bit encryption.

Moreover, it’s important to know that not every available server supports P2P sharing. Thus, shifting between the various servers can be a solution to your issue.

Furthermore, we recommend contacting your VPN provider to find out which exact server or geo-location supports torrenting.

That should do it. In case you have any questions or suggestions, make sure to tell us in the comments section below.

FAQ: Learn more about Vuze and PIA VPN

  • How do I set up private Internet access on Vuze?

Launch the VPN and open Vuze. Then go to Tools -> Options -> Mode -> Advanced -> Connection > Advanced Network Settings. In the Bind to local IP address or interface box, type eth4 (this is PIA’s TAP Adapter) and click Save.

  • Is private Internet access good for Torrenting?

PIA is actually perfect for torrenting since all its servers are P2P sharing compatible. It also has unlimited bandwidth, ultra-fast speeds that streamline torrents downloading and a no-logs policy too keep your activity free from tracking and completely anonymous.

  • How do I fix Vuze download?

If you are unable to download files via Vuze, first disable your VPN, then reset your torrent client from Tools -> Options -> Mode -> Reset configuration to default values. Finally, close Vuze, launch your VPN connection and restart Vuze.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in April 2018 and was revamped and updated in February 2021 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

This post was written by Aleksandar Ognjanovic and was first posted to WindowsReport

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