Hacking (bypassing) Rogers's restrictions to download BitTorrent files

Recently, Rogers Communications Inc. implemented a mechanism (known as BitTorrent throttling -blocking-) to prevent the download of BitTorrent files from within its network. I guess they are trying to block illegal copyrighted downloads; but the fact is, BitTorrent is not an illegal technology, and it is used to share fully licensed materials as well.

If they were a fair company, they would allow their customers to cancel the contracts; nevertheless, they have put ridiculously high cancellation fees in order to prevent their clients from freely changing to a better ISP option.

Anyhow, enough from blah, blah, blah... this is the way to bypass Rogers's restrictions in order to download BitTorrent files:
  1. Install Vidalia in your computer. “Vidalia is a cross-platform controller GUI for the Tor software”. You need to install the appropriate Vidalia's distribution, depending on your current Operating System (Windows, Linux, Mac).
  2. Specify the following proxy setting in your preferred BitTorrent client (uTorrent, Azureus, Vuze, Free Download Manager): Proxy address: localhost; Proxy port: 8118.
Take a look at the following video. I have recorded how to download and install Vidalia in Windows. Furthermore, I have shown how to configure Free Download Manager (this is my preferred BitTorrent client) in order to access the Internet through Tor. You can see how the Torrent file gets downloaded.

Please, notice this is a general guideline. It might require slightly variations depending on your OS and BitTorrent client. If you have any questions, write them in the comments section below, and I  will do my best to answer ASAP.

That's it! You can now download torrents from within the Rogers network with no restrictions.
Warning: BitTorrent downloading over Tor does not warrantee your anonymity. In other words, you could be busted if you download copyrighted materials. Again, if your purpose is to go undetected when downloading Torrents, then Tor is NOT for you (read the facts). Don’t waste your time with this post anymore: my ONLY purpose here is to teach you how to mock your ISP BitTorrent blocking (throttling).


  1. Interesante. Yo me conecto con Rogers y uso torrents a cada rato. Supongo que haran throttling solamente porque no parece que lo bloqueen completamente. Al menos no a mi. Yo uso Mutorrent para bajar los torrents.

  2. It might be Franklin. I use "Free Download Manager" and all my BitTorrent traffic is blocked. In any case, you are exceptionally lucky, because lots of fellows are having this problem. I guess it depends somehow on the BitTorrent client you are using. In any case, you now know how to bypass these restrictions :-D

  3. thanks for this blog post :) but the solution is not working. It starts downloading but after like 5 minutes, Rogers network gets disconnected.

  4. Hi techboard,

    Thanks for your feedback. I am no longer with Rogers, so I cannot follow up this issue anytime soon. Anyhow, I will try to get a workaround (if any) and in that case I will update the info in this post.

    One question though: which BitTorrent client are you using to download the files???


  5. How do I set this in Transmission? It only has a proxy port setting.

  6. ok I found it, was a bit different, but that port 8118 is blocked :(

  7. Please do not do this. Torrenting over the Tor network is strongly discouraged as the people donating their bandwidth and processing power for the project did not do it so that you could torrent your crap; they did it to ensure and provide freedom of information.

  8. Dear man mobile,

    I was tented to delete your comment, because I usually don't tolerate offensive words, like, crap, in my blog.

    Nonetheless, I decided to keep it so that I can share my point of view on this subject:

    One question for you: what do you consider "information"? BitTorrent allows you to download "information", be aware of that.

    "Information" can be shared in many forms: PDF files, videos, audio, etc., etc., etc. Such kind of mediums of information are very common in P2P networks.

    If the purpose of the Tor project is to grant access to the "information" freely, without censorship, then BitTorrent information can benefit from the Tor network as well.

    I use BitTorrent through Tor from time to time (2-3 times a month), BUT I always keep my Tor instance running as a relay. So I am contributing to the Tor network pretty much ALWAYS. Do you do the same?

    Yes, not every Tor-BitTorrent user behaves like I do, but that's a choice of their own.

    Everything is about freedom at the end.

  9. Thanks for a great post.

    "Crap" is offensive?

  10. You are very welcome Mambo.

    (I am not a native English speaker, but "crap" sounds offensive to me, especially in the context in which it was used)