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Title: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cypherdoc on May 25, 2011, 12:59:37 PM
ever since the new client versions came out, LOTS of ppl r having connection issues and r resorting to all sorts of fixes, work arounds like fallback nodes, creating .conf files, rescanning. deleting and redownloading block chains.  i can't even get my new Win client to open up after doing a backup and deleting the original walllet in the data directory.  can someone in charge around here address NOW?  its not confidence inspiring and its a real pain in the rear!


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: error on May 25, 2011, 01:04:15 PM
I have a nice shiny 114 connections. ???


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cypherdoc on May 25, 2011, 01:08:06 PM
I have a nice shiny 114 connections. ???

which client version and r u using fallback nodes?


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: proudhon on May 25, 2011, 01:10:34 PM
Yep, I've had a very difficult time getting connections for the past several days.  No connections this morning.  I'm on the mac client and there doesn't seem to be very much documentation for that particular client.  Not sure what to do.


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: error on May 25, 2011, 01:19:22 PM
I have a nice shiny 114 connections. ???

which client version and r u using fallback nodes?

0.3.21. No fallback nodes.


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: proudhon on May 25, 2011, 02:02:45 PM
This is what I've done to use fallback nodes on the mac client.  I have bitcoin.app on my desktop and then I just run this terminal command:

Quote
bitcoin.app/contents/macos/bitcoin -addnode=69.164.218.197 -addnode=64.22.103.150 -addnode=173.242.112.53 -addnode=178.79.147.99 -addnode=184.106.111.41 -addnode=91.85.220.84 -addnode=173.224.125.222

That connects to 6 fallback nodes, all of which seem to be working.


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cypherdoc on May 25, 2011, 02:18:35 PM
This is what I've done to use fallback nodes on the mac client.  I have bitcoin.app on my desktop and then I just run this terminal command:

Quote
bitcoin.app/contents/macos/bitcoin -addnode=69.164.218.197 -addnode=64.22.103.150 -addnode=173.242.112.53 -addnode=178.79.147.99 -addnode=184.106.111.41 -addnode=91.85.220.84 -addnode=173.224.125.222

That connects to 6 fallback nodes, all of which seem to be working.

is client running when u execute terminal command?
i see "username$" in terminal.  do i copy and paste your commands to the end of this and hit Enter?


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: proudhon on May 25, 2011, 02:30:07 PM
This is what I've done to use fallback nodes on the mac client.  I have bitcoin.app on my desktop and then I just run this terminal command:

Quote
bitcoin.app/contents/macos/bitcoin -addnode=69.164.218.197 -addnode=64.22.103.150 -addnode=173.242.112.53 -addnode=178.79.147.99 -addnode=184.106.111.41 -addnode=91.85.220.84 -addnode=173.224.125.222

That connects to 6 fallback nodes, all of which seem to be working.

is client running when u execute terminal command?
i see "username$" in terminal.  do i copy and paste your commands to the end of this and hit Enter?


The client is not running when I execute that command.  That command starts the client and connects it to the fallback addresses you see in the command line.  If, in terminal, you're already in the directory where bitcoin.app resides, then, yes, you can simply copy and paste that into the terminal.  Otherwise, you need to use 'cd' to move to the directory where bitcoin.app resides.  For simplicity, you could just move bitcoin.app to the desktop, open terminal and type 'cd desktop', then copy and paste the stuff I posted, hit enter, and your client should start and almost instantly have a few connections and start downloading blocks.


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: Binford 6100 on May 25, 2011, 02:38:30 PM
This is what I've done to use fallback nodes on the mac client.
Quote
bitcoin.app/contents/macos/bitcoin -addnode=69.164.218.197 -addnode=64.22.103.150 -addnode=173.242.112.53 -addnode=178.79.147.99 -addnode=184.106.111.41 -addnode=91.85.220.84 -addnode=173.224.125.222
Thanks a lot! I had to switch back to windows netbook with a 0.3.21 bitcoin client to send payments.

is client running when u execute terminal command?
i see "username$" in terminal.  do i copy and paste your commands to the end of this and hit Enter?

hi, this command would start the bitcoin app. so all you need is to open terminal and maybe type this one first:
cd /Application
 followed by
Bitcoin.app/contents/macos/bitcoin -addnode=69.164.218.197 -addnode=64.22.103.150 -addnode=173.242.112.53 -addnode=178.79.147.99 -addnode=184.106.111.41 -addnode=91.85.220.84 -addnode=173.224.125.222

it might fail because of Capital vs small letters. Just reply here or PM me with what does the terminal write to you.
Basically you only need to type right the first character and hit tab button to let Mac autocomplete the folder or file name and copy only the addnode part


I was so helpless yesterday that i tried tunneling through a server in another country to find out if my isp does not block bitcoin packets. but when the win client started working i assumed it might be just the random irc channel bootstrapping or other minor defect in the network.


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: Decidedly on May 25, 2011, 02:49:25 PM
One of my Windows 7 clients took at least 30-45 minutes before finding any connections at all. My other client used to have a lot but as of its upgrade yesterday it tends to settle down to like 5-6 connections total.

Not sure what the hiccup is here.


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: yeastiebeastie on May 25, 2011, 03:20:08 PM

...
hi, this command would start the bitcoin app. so all you need is to open terminal and maybe type this one first:
cd /Application
 followed by
Bitcoin.app/contents/macos/bitcoin -addnode=69.164.218.197 -addnode=64.22.103.150 -addnode=173.242.112.53 -addnode=178.79.147.99 -addnode=184.106.111.41 -addnode=91.85.220.84 -addnode=173.224.125.222
...

This, kind of, worked for me, running the mac client 0.3.21, I have connections to two-three nodes although the test transactions from bitcoin faucet are not showing up yet. Also it ran bitcoin in a strange way, I thought it was in the terminal but when quitting terminal it kept bitcoin running but not in the dock, I had to kill it from activity monitor.


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cypherdoc on May 25, 2011, 04:13:23 PM
This is what I've done to use fallback nodes on the mac client.  I have bitcoin.app on my desktop and then I just run this terminal command:

Quote
bitcoin.app/contents/macos/bitcoin -addnode=69.164.218.197 -addnode=64.22.103.150 -addnode=173.242.112.53 -addnode=178.79.147.99 -addnode=184.106.111.41 -addnode=91.85.220.84 -addnode=173.224.125.222

That connects to 6 fallback nodes, all of which seem to be working.

is client running when u execute terminal command?
i see "username$" in terminal.  do i copy and paste your commands to the end of this and hit Enter?


The client is not running when I execute that command.  That command starts the client and connects it to the fallback addresses you see in the command line.  If, in terminal, you're already in the directory where bitcoin.app resides, then, yes, you can simply copy and paste that into the terminal.  Otherwise, you need to use 'cd' to move to the directory where bitcoin.app resides.  For simplicity, you could just move bitcoin.app to the desktop, open terminal and type 'cd desktop', then copy and paste the stuff I posted, hit enter, and your client should start and almost instantly have a few connections and start downloading blocks.

thanks.  that worked well.  immediate 6 connections and block update!  NOW, what r the long term implications of connecting this way?


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: Binford 6100 on May 25, 2011, 05:31:04 PM
thanks.  that worked well.  immediate 6 connections and block update!  NOW, what r the long term implications of connecting this way?
the nodes we use as values in -addnode= will get a bit more traffic. as long as they're up & running, we should be able to connect


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cypherdoc on May 25, 2011, 05:50:47 PM
This is what I've done to use fallback nodes on the mac client.  I have bitcoin.app on my desktop and then I just run this terminal command:

Quote
bitcoin.app/contents/macos/bitcoin -addnode=69.164.218.197 -addnode=64.22.103.150 -addnode=173.242.112.53 -addnode=178.79.147.99 -addnode=184.106.111.41 -addnode=91.85.220.84 -addnode=173.224.125.222

That connects to 6 fallback nodes, all of which seem to be working.

is client running when u execute terminal command?
i see "username$" in terminal.  do i copy and paste your commands to the end of this and hit Enter?


The client is not running when I execute that command.  That command starts the client and connects it to the fallback addresses you see in the command line.  If, in terminal, you're already in the directory where bitcoin.app resides, then, yes, you can simply copy and paste that into the terminal.  Otherwise, you need to use 'cd' to move to the directory where bitcoin.app resides.  For simplicity, you could just move bitcoin.app to the desktop, open terminal and type 'cd desktop', then copy and paste the stuff I posted, hit enter, and your client should start and almost instantly have a few connections and start downloading blocks.

will i have to launch that command line each time i want to open the client for now?


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: comboy on May 25, 2011, 08:20:56 PM
I have an old client (0.3.15) running all time and lately I noticed lower number of connections too. (I don't want to make up a number but I guess default was 8), at the moment I have 5 connections, and yesterday it was just 1.


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cypherdoc on May 26, 2011, 01:31:05 PM
This is what I've done to use fallback nodes on the mac client.  I have bitcoin.app on my desktop and then I just run this terminal command:

Quote
bitcoin.app/contents/macos/bitcoin -addnode=69.164.218.197 -addnode=64.22.103.150 -addnode=173.242.112.53 -addnode=178.79.147.99 -addnode=184.106.111.41 -addnode=91.85.220.84 -addnode=173.224.125.222

That connects to 6 fallback nodes, all of which seem to be working.

is client running when u execute terminal command?
i see "username$" in terminal.  do i copy and paste your commands to the end of this and hit Enter?


The client is not running when I execute that command.  That command starts the client and connects it to the fallback addresses you see in the command line.  If, in terminal, you're already in the directory where bitcoin.app resides, then, yes, you can simply copy and paste that into the terminal.  Otherwise, you need to use 'cd' to move to the directory where bitcoin.app resides.  For simplicity, you could just move bitcoin.app to the desktop, open terminal and type 'cd desktop', then copy and paste the stuff I posted, hit enter, and your client should start and almost instantly have a few connections and start downloading blocks.

proudhon:  i like to run apps from my dock.  is there a way to put Terminal on the dock AND get the above command string to automatically run with one click?


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: proudhon on May 26, 2011, 02:49:26 PM
This is what I've done to use fallback nodes on the mac client.  I have bitcoin.app on my desktop and then I just run this terminal command:

Quote
bitcoin.app/contents/macos/bitcoin -addnode=69.164.218.197 -addnode=64.22.103.150 -addnode=173.242.112.53 -addnode=178.79.147.99 -addnode=184.106.111.41 -addnode=91.85.220.84 -addnode=173.224.125.222

That connects to 6 fallback nodes, all of which seem to be working.

is client running when u execute terminal command?
i see "username$" in terminal.  do i copy and paste your commands to the end of this and hit Enter?


The client is not running when I execute that command.  That command starts the client and connects it to the fallback addresses you see in the command line.  If, in terminal, you're already in the directory where bitcoin.app resides, then, yes, you can simply copy and paste that into the terminal.  Otherwise, you need to use 'cd' to move to the directory where bitcoin.app resides.  For simplicity, you could just move bitcoin.app to the desktop, open terminal and type 'cd desktop', then copy and paste the stuff I posted, hit enter, and your client should start and almost instantly have a few connections and start downloading blocks.

proudhon:  i like to run apps from my dock.  is there a way to put Terminal on the dock AND get the above command string to automatically run with one click?

There's probably a way, but I don't know it.  Also, I guess those fallback nodes are swamped because today even running the commands I posted earlier my client either isn't updating blocks at all or is doing so VERY slowly.  This is very frustrating.


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: silversurfer on May 26, 2011, 03:10:15 PM
This is what I've done to use fallback nodes on the mac client.  I have bitcoin.app on my desktop and then I just run this terminal command:

Quote
bitcoin.app/contents/macos/bitcoin -addnode=69.164.218.197 -addnode=64.22.103.150 -addnode=173.242.112.53 -addnode=178.79.147.99 -addnode=184.106.111.41 -addnode=91.85.220.84 -addnode=173.224.125.222

That connects to 6 fallback nodes, all of which seem to be working.

is client running when u execute terminal command?
i see "username$" in terminal.  do i copy and paste your commands to the end of this and hit Enter?


The client is not running when I execute that command.  That command starts the client and connects it to the fallback addresses you see in the command line.  If, in terminal, you're already in the directory where bitcoin.app resides, then, yes, you can simply copy and paste that into the terminal.  Otherwise, you need to use 'cd' to move to the directory where bitcoin.app resides.  For simplicity, you could just move bitcoin.app to the desktop, open terminal and type 'cd desktop', then copy and paste the stuff I posted, hit enter, and your client should start and almost instantly have a few connections and start downloading blocks.

Works great, thanks.


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: Binford 6100 on May 26, 2011, 03:11:14 PM
will i have to launch that command line each time i want to open the client for now?

if you use terminal app only to start bitcoin.app then all you need to do is hit the "up" arrow
and it will display the command (from the terminal history file) and just press enter.

if you use terminal app for a bunch of other stuff, you might want to press Ctrl - R first
and then type bitc or any other unique string from the bitcoin start command. Ctrl - R starts
search in your terminal history and will save you the arrow up/down browsing.

i'd like to know what has changed in bitcoin network that 'prevents' mac client app to connect
i'd guess it's the random irc channel


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cypherdoc on May 26, 2011, 03:40:47 PM
will i have to launch that command line each time i want to open the client for now?

if you use terminal app only to start bitcoin.app then all you need to do is hit the "up" arrow
and it will display the command (from the terminal history file) and just press enter.

if you use terminal app for a bunch of other stuff, you might want to press Ctrl - R first
and then type bitc or any other unique string from the bitcoin start command. Ctrl - R starts
search in your terminal history and will save you the arrow up/down browsing.

i'd like to know what has changed in bitcoin network that 'prevents' mac client app to connect
i'd guess it's the random irc channel

the up arrow is a cool idea except that i have to enter "cd desktop" first.


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: Binford 6100 on May 26, 2011, 03:48:30 PM
will i have to launch that command line each time i want to open the client for now?

if you use terminal app only to start bitcoin.app then all you need to do is hit the "up" arrow
and it will display the command (from the terminal history file) and just press enter.

the up arrow is a cool idea except that i have to enter "cd desktop" first.

i'm quite sure you don't need to do cd desktop. just type the whole path to bitcoin executable first followed by the -addnode part
as a one line command. worked for me this way (open terminal, hit arrow up & enter)


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: BookLover on May 26, 2011, 05:12:13 PM
I have a nice shiny 114 connections. ???

What did you change to allow you to get more than eight connections?


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: mewantsbitcoins on May 26, 2011, 06:13:04 PM
I have a nice shiny 114 connections. ???

What did you change to allow you to get more than eight connections?

Open the 8333 port


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: BookLover on May 27, 2011, 01:30:00 AM
I have a nice shiny 114 connections. ???

What did you change to allow you to get more than eight connections?

Open the 8333 port

How do I do that while going through TOR? ???


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: mewantsbitcoins on May 27, 2011, 03:09:14 AM
On Tor network you won't have as many connections as on the normal Internet because there simply aren't that many peers


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: FreeMoney on May 27, 2011, 09:38:26 AM
I made a transaction a few hours ago with .01 fee and it is 0/unc, not in any block in blockexplorer and not in the list of unconfirmed tx at bitcoincharts. I did not look to see if I had connections at the time I sent it. I am bouncing between 1 and 2 connections now. I'm guessing that I had none or a dead end when I sent and no one has heard about my tx, is that probably what happened? It will rebroadcast forever, right?

edit: Already in the unconfirmed list. I have 3 connections now. I should mention that I did restart the computer and didn't turn Bitcoin on right away so this didn't really take several hours, not sure exactly how long, but at least 15 minutes after I got the computer back on.


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: drgr33n on May 27, 2011, 10:38:59 AM
You could try a rescan. I'm not sure how to do this on windows but using a linux box its

Code:
/path/to/bitcoin/bin/64/bitcoin -rescan


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: mouser98 on May 27, 2011, 04:47:42 PM
You could try a rescan. I'm not sure how to do this on windows but using a linux box its

Code:
/path/to/bitcoin/bin/64/bitcoin -rescan

on windows XP it would be:

click start
click run
type: cmd
hit enter
in the command line type: cd\program files\bitcoin
hit enter
then type bitcoin -rescan
hit enter

i have been trying all day to get bitcoin to receive more blocks with no luck.  i have disabled windows security center and shut down the virus protection software, added 8333 port, -addnode'd 6 IPs, and still no luck.  getting 8 (only 8 ) connections but no new blocks...  is there something else to try?  or is it possibly dsl? (it has been wonky all day)


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: mewantsbitcoins on May 27, 2011, 04:51:54 PM
You could try a rescan. I'm not sure how to do this on windows but using a linux box its

Code:
/path/to/bitcoin/bin/64/bitcoin -rescan

on windows XP it would be:

click start
click run
type: cmd
hit enter
in the command line type: cd\program files\bitcoin
hit enter
then type bitcoin -rescan
hit enter

i have been trying all day to get bitcoin to receive more blocks with no luck.  i have disabled windows security center and shut down the virus protection software, added 8333 port, -addnode'd 6 IPs, and still no luck.  getting 8 (only 8 ) connections but no new blocks...  is there something else to try?  or is it possibly dsl? (it has been wonky all day)

You need to open/forward port 8333 on your router
If you have already 8 connections it should be just a matter of time
To try a quick fix, you could download the whole blockchain manually and then copy it to your Roaming\Bitcoin folder. Search this forum for a link


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: mouser98 on May 27, 2011, 04:58:41 PM


i have been trying all day to get bitcoin to receive more blocks with no luck.  i have disabled windows security center and shut down the virus protection software, added 8333 port, -addnode'd 6 IPs, and still no luck.  getting 8 (only 8 ) connections but no new blocks...  is there something else to try?  or is it possibly dsl? (it has been wonky all day)

You need to open/forward port 8333 on your router
If you have already 8 connections it should be just a matter of time
To try a quick fix, you could download the whole blockchain manually and then copy it to your Roaming\Bitcoin folder. Search this forum for a link

i am just using a modem, no router.


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: mewantsbitcoins on May 27, 2011, 05:03:11 PM
Well, 8 connections is usually a sign of port 8333 being closed. Which protocol did you open 8333 port on your computer, TCP or UDP? Try opening both


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: mouser98 on May 27, 2011, 05:23:11 PM
Well, 8 connections is usually a sign of port 8333 being closed. Which protocol did you open 8333 port on your computer, TCP or UDP? Try opening both

opened it with UDP, doesn't seem to help.  still only 8 connections.  and no new blocks.

edit:  i am mapping these ports in "Network Connections" and I checked the box in the Bitcoin GUI for "Map port using Upnp"

is there another step i am leaving out?


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: mewantsbitcoins on May 27, 2011, 05:31:47 PM
I'm not overly familiar with XP. You should open ports in your firewall in XP - I'm not sure if it's under "Network Connections"


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cypherdoc on May 27, 2011, 05:36:57 PM
Well, 8 connections is usually a sign of port 8333 being closed. Which protocol did you open 8333 port on your computer, TCP or UDP? Try opening both

opened it with UDP, doesn't seem to help.  still only 8 connections.  and no new blocks.

edit:  i am mapping these ports in "Network Connections" and I checked the box in the Bitcoin GUI for "Map port using Upnp"

is there another step i am leaving out?

at this pt i wouldn't complain about "only" 8 connections


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: mouser98 on May 27, 2011, 05:39:59 PM
Well, 8 connections is usually a sign of port 8333 being closed. Which protocol did you open 8333 port on your computer, TCP or UDP? Try opening both

opened it with UDP, doesn't seem to help.  still only 8 connections.  and no new blocks.

edit:  i am mapping these ports in "Network Connections" and I checked the box in the Bitcoin GUI for "Map port using Upnp"

is there another step i am leaving out?

at this pt i wouldn't complain about "only" 8 connections

lol, yeah the no new blocks coming in is a bigger pain.


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: mouser98 on May 27, 2011, 07:43:58 PM
okay, solved my "no new blocks coming in" problem by uninstalling bitcoin, erasing the database folder, and reinstalling bitcoin.  ::shrug::  sometimes you just have to use a sledgehammer...


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cypherdoc on May 27, 2011, 10:35:00 PM
I have a nice shiny 114 connections. ???

What did you change to allow you to get more than eight connections?

Open the 8333 port

whats the equivalent terminal commands for Win 7 to add nodes?


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: rograz on May 27, 2011, 10:57:11 PM
Open the 8333 port

thx, seems to have fixed it for me went from 5-10 connections to 80+


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: mewantsbitcoins on May 27, 2011, 11:18:15 PM
I have a nice shiny 114 connections. ???

What did you change to allow you to get more than eight connections?

Open the 8333 port

whats the equivalent terminal commands for Win 7 to add nodes?

On a 32bit system you do something like:
Code:
cd c:\program files\bitcoin

Code:
bitcoin.exe -addnode=69.164.218.197 -addnode=64.22.103.150 -addnode=173.242.112.53 -addnode=178.79.147.99 -addnode=184.106.111.41 -addnode=91.85.220.84 -addnode=173.224.125.222 -addnode=86.5.50.90 -addnode=178.255.199.86



Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cypherdoc on May 28, 2011, 12:21:31 AM
Open the 8333 port

thx, seems to have fixed it for me went from 5-10 connections to 80+

how do i open 8333 on a macbook pro?  i run both macOS and win7 on this laptop (thru VMware Fusion).


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: mewantsbitcoins on May 28, 2011, 12:31:42 AM
Open the 8333 port

thx, seems to have fixed it for me went from 5-10 connections to 80+

how do i open 8333 on a macbook pro?  i run both macOS and win7 on this laptop (thru VMware Fusion).

Open Windows in VMware Fusion and then choose "Bridged" network(lower right corner). Also, set a static IP address in Windows. Then open/forward 8333 port from your router to that IP address.

You cannon make more than one client listen on 8333 port if you are behind a router


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cypherdoc on May 28, 2011, 12:45:43 AM
Open the 8333 port

thx, seems to have fixed it for me went from 5-10 connections to 80+

how do i open 8333 on a macbook pro?  i run both macOS and win7 on this laptop (thru VMware Fusion).

Open Windows in VMware Fusion and then choose "Bridged" network(lower right corner). Also, set a static IP address in Windows. Then open/forward 8333 port from your router to that IP address.

You cannon make more than one client listen on 8333 port if you are behind a router

Bridged network is not an option (lower right corner of Win7).  also how do i set a static ip address and which one do i choose?  do i want to port trigger or port forward my netgear router?


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cypherdoc on May 28, 2011, 12:48:53 AM
doesn't checking the UPnP button in the preferences of the Windows Bitcoin client take care of this?


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: mewantsbitcoins on May 28, 2011, 01:02:11 AM
No, by default VMware puts you in a NAT network. You have to change it to Bridged network so that your virtual machine can connect straight to your home network. It's the lower right conner of VMware machine and looks like <...>

To get a static IP in Windows go Start>Control Panel>Network and Internet>Network and Sharing center>Change Adapter Settings
Right click on Local Area Connection>Status>Properties>Internet Protocol Version 4>Properties
Change to "Use the following IP" and enter the appropriate IP, Subnet mask, Default gateway and DNS server.
Check "Validate on exit" and press OK. That's it.


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cypherdoc on May 28, 2011, 01:09:07 AM
No, by default VMware puts you in a NAT network. You have to change it to Bridged network so that your virtual machine can connect straight to your home network. It's the lower right conner of VMware machine and looks like <...>

To get a static IP in Windows go Start>Control Panel>Network and Internet>Network and Sharing center>Change Adapter Settings
Right click on Local Area Connection>Status>Properties>Internet Protocol Version 4>Properties
Change to "Use the following IP" and enter the appropriate IP, Subnet mask, Default gateway and DNS server.
Check "Validate on exit" and press OK. That's it.

ok, almost there.  don't leave me.  what do i put in for ip address, subnet mask, default gateway, and dns servers?


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cypherdoc on May 28, 2011, 01:20:01 AM
i have my router settings open but doesnt th Internet IP address settings change each time i connect?  its set on Get Dynamically from ISP


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: mewantsbitcoins on May 28, 2011, 01:21:30 AM
:)
For the IP address it depends what kind of network you are on. If you open a terminal and type:

Code:
ifconfig
and post the output, I'll be able to tell exact IP you should use.

Subnet mask is most likely 255.255.255.0
Default gateway is the IP address of your router. Again if you post the output of ifconfig I might be able to guess what that IP address is.
For DNS servers I'd suggest using OpenDNS:
208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: mewantsbitcoins on May 28, 2011, 01:22:37 AM
i have my router settings open but doesnt th Internet IP address settings change each time i connect?  its set on Get Dynamically from ISP

We are now configuring your home network which is separate from ISP


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cypherdoc on May 28, 2011, 01:29:27 AM
i have my router settings open but doesnt th Internet IP address settings change each time i connect?  its set on Get Dynamically from ISP

We are now configuring your home network which is separate from ISP

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::e07d:93be:50c5:d60a%11
   IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 10.0.0.28
   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 10.0.0.1

Tunnel adapter Local Area Connection* 11:

   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   IPv6 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 2001:0:4137:9e76:76:2c8b:b94e:e2b8
   Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::76:2c8b:b94e:e2b8%13
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : ::


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: mewantsbitcoins on May 28, 2011, 01:31:05 AM
IP address: 10.0.0.100
Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
Default gateway: 10.0.0.1

DNS servers:
208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cypherdoc on May 28, 2011, 01:46:56 AM
IP address: 10.0.0.100
Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
Default gateway: 10.0.0.1

DNS servers:
208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220

those settings are all in.  i'm now in my router config window.  do u recommend port forwarding or triggering?  do i pick HTTP for service name?  it asks for Server IP address; is this same as the 10.0.0.100?  then it asks for Start and End port; this is where the 8333 goes?


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: mewantsbitcoins on May 28, 2011, 01:49:52 AM
You are nearly there.

Choose port forwarding. Custom service. Start and end port should be 8333 and IP should be 10.0.0.100. I'm not sure about the protocol, so choose both - TCP and UDP.


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cypherdoc on May 28, 2011, 02:06:04 AM
You are nearly there.

Choose port forwarding. Custom service. Start and end port should be 8333 and IP should be 10.0.0.100. I'm not sure about the protocol, so choose both - TCP and UDP.

LOL, so what did i just do after all that?  my client shows 6 connections.  was hoping to go up to 80 like that guy further up the thread :)  should i still have the UPnP button checked?

by opening that port have i opened my computer up to some sort of attack?  what about the other internet programs i run, will they be affected?  what happens when i'm outside my home network; will i be able to connect to outside wifi networks?

i now show 7 connections; at least i don't have to run those terminal addnode commands!


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: mewantsbitcoins on May 28, 2011, 02:15:31 AM
Congrats! You are now running full node. Give it some time and it will find other peers.

You should dissable UPnP button.

Opening a port is putting trust in the application that is listening on that port. I am not a developer and my opinion is just that, but I think Bitcoin is very well written and it exposes you to no more danger than keeping firefox open.

Other programs won't be affected unless you have a program that listens on port 8333. There's some MS Windows Server program that does that, but on a macbook pro - I am confident, you are safe.

This is just for your home network.


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cypherdoc on May 28, 2011, 02:18:02 AM
Congrats! You are now running full node. Give it some time and it will find other peers.

You should dissable UPnP button.

Opening a port is putting trust in the application that is listening on that port. I am not a developer and my opinion is just that, but I think Bitcoin is very well written and it exposes you to no more danger than keeping firefox open.

Other programs won't be affected unless you have a program that listens on port 8333. There's some MS Windows Server programs that does that, but on a macbook pro - I am confident, you are safe.

This is just for your home network.

You sir are a gentleman and a generous one at that.  I thank you so much.


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: mewantsbitcoins on May 28, 2011, 02:24:57 AM
Glad I could help.

If you wonder to some different network, like 192.168.*.*, you may experience connectivity problems in your virtual machine. All you have to do then is change "Internet protocol version 4" settings back to "Obtain an IP address automatically" and "Obtain DNS server address automatically"


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cypherdoc on May 28, 2011, 02:27:54 AM
Congrats! You are now running full node. Give it some time and it will find other peers.

You should dissable UPnP button.

Opening a port is putting trust in the application that is listening on that port. I am not a developer and my opinion is just that, but I think Bitcoin is very well written and it exposes you to no more danger than keeping firefox open.

Other programs won't be affected unless you have a program that listens on port 8333. There's some MS Windows Server programs that does that, but on a macbook pro - I am confident, you are safe.

This is just for your home network.

You sir are a gentleman and a generous one at that.  I thank you so much.

of course, i'd think of more questions:  what does the win 7 config do to my Bitcoin client connection on the macOS side of my laptop?  if nothing, could i configure that side the same way?  slightly different IP address?  once thats set up the 2 clients on each side would be like 2 wallets right?  i could send btc back and forth btwn the 2?


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: mewantsbitcoins on May 28, 2011, 02:37:16 AM
We connected your virtual machine to your home network as a separate computer. Now the client on Win7 is binded to 8333 port on your router. You can not bind another client to the same port. Although, if you start a client on your OS X and if it connects to the network there is no reason why you can't send coins between them.
In fact you could start your OS X client and specify -addnode=your external IP. This would connect your mac client to your Win7 client.

edit: In order to run multiple clients on one external IP you need to use different ports for each client. I don't have in depth understanding of that so I'll leave you to research it on your own


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cypherdoc on May 28, 2011, 02:46:57 AM
We connected your virtual machine to your home network as a separate computer. Now the client on Win7 is binded to 8333 port on your router. You can not bind another client to the same port. Although, if you start a client on your OS X and if it connects to the network there is no reason why you shouldn't be able to send coins between them.
In fact you could start your OS X client and specify -addnode=your external IP. This would connect your mac client to your Win7 client.

edit: In order to run multiple clients on one external IP you need to use different ports for each client. I don't have in depth understanding of that so I'll leave you to research it on your own

external IP being 10.0.0.100?


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: mewantsbitcoins on May 28, 2011, 02:48:32 AM
No. 10.0.0.100 is the IP address of your Win7 virtual machine. You can find out your external IP by visiting http://www.whatismyip.com/


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cypherdoc on May 28, 2011, 03:01:30 AM
We connected your virtual machine to your home network as a separate computer. Now the client on Win7 is binded to 8333 port on your router. You can not bind another client to the same port. Although, if you start a client on your OS X and if it connects to the network there is no reason why you can't send coins between them.
In fact you could start your OS X client and specify -addnode=your external IP. This would connect your mac client to your Win7 client.

edit: In order to run multiple clients on one external IP you need to use different ports for each client. I don't have in depth understanding of that so I'll leave you to research it on your own

this is wild.  i now have the 2 clients open and running on each side.  is there something special about the 8333 port that Bitcoin likes?  if so, that would be the reason i might want to -addnode to the win7 client from the macOS client thru a different port to get into full node mode, right?  i can tell ur a networking wizard.

is the wallet.dat interchangeable btwn mac and pc clients?


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: mewantsbitcoins on May 28, 2011, 03:04:14 AM
Sorry, it's 4:02am where I am. I will be back to answer the rest of your questions ~12:00pm GMT


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cypherdoc on May 28, 2011, 03:17:07 AM
Sorry, it's 4:02am where I am. I will be back to answer the rest of your questions ~12:00pm GMT

its ok.  i knew i'd wear u out at some pt ;)
 get some rest.


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: Binford 6100 on May 28, 2011, 06:34:14 AM
is the wallet.dat interchangeable btwn mac and pc clients?
yes it is (worked for me at least)


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: byronbb on May 28, 2011, 09:25:46 AM
Hmmm I came here to ask about why my second computer with newly installed client is struggling to get over 5 connections when my main box gets 100+ instantly. 


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: Binford 6100 on May 28, 2011, 11:28:46 AM
Hmmm I came here to ask about why my second computer with newly installed client is struggling to get over 5 connections when my main box gets 100+ instantly.  
imho if clients have 8 or less connections it's because they can only accept connections from all nodes because they look like being behind NAT/firewall.

only anecdotal evidence (i never got more than 8 ) but it's probably related to open/close port 8333 on your firewall/proxy and forward it to your box. seems like your first box (the one with 100+ connections) is using the 8333 port and the second looks like behind a firewall/proxy not visible to p2p network.

this thread started as a mac clients having problem connecting.

in your case, opening another port in your firewall may help + configure your second client to start using that second bitcoin port. i'm pretty sure multiple clients in the same network cannot share one and the same (default) open port.


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: mewantsbitcoins on May 28, 2011, 02:14:03 PM
We connected your virtual machine to your home network as a separate computer. Now the client on Win7 is binded to 8333 port on your router. You can not bind another client to the same port. Although, if you start a client on your OS X and if it connects to the network there is no reason why you can't send coins between them.
In fact you could start your OS X client and specify -addnode=your external IP. This would connect your mac client to your Win7 client.

edit: In order to run multiple clients on one external IP you need to use different ports for each client. I don't have in depth understanding of that so I'll leave you to research it on your own

this is wild.  i now have the 2 clients open and running on each side.  is there something special about the 8333 port that Bitcoin likes?  if so, that would be the reason i might want to -addnode to the win7 client from the macOS client thru a different port to get into full node mode, right?  i can tell ur a networking wizard.

is the wallet.dat interchangeable btwn mac and pc clients?

Bitcoin client has several ways to discover nodes. One is - it connects to IRC and queries other nodes in the same channel for their IP addresses. Once it knows the IP addresses, it tries to connect to them on 8333 port. If the port is closed, it cannot connect to that node. It is not a big problem because there are other ways that Bitcoin client can connect to the network. For example, it has inbuild list of reliable nodes and these 8 connections are usually the ones. You can also specify nodes manually with -addnode= switch like we did earlier.
The real problems begin in certain circumstances. For example when port 8333 is closed + reliable nodes are down/have to many connections/exceeded their bandwith. So you can see that in some cases even if you are connected to the network you have to wait a long time before you can update your blockchain.
For more info on how to run multiple clients on a home network using different ports read this: http://forum.bitcoin.org/?topic=589.0
I personally chose another strategy. I opened 8333 and forwarded to one of my computers, which is on most of the time. Now whenever I want to use a client on another computer, I just start it with -addnode=my external IP. What this does, is connects it to that computer which is on most of the time. Since it has up to date blockchain and my client on the other computer doesn't have to wonder halfway around the globe looking for nodes, download starts immediately.


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cypherdoc on May 28, 2011, 02:46:32 PM
We connected your virtual machine to your home network as a separate computer. Now the client on Win7 is binded to 8333 port on your router. You can not bind another client to the same port. Although, if you start a client on your OS X and if it connects to the network there is no reason why you can't send coins between them.
In fact you could start your OS X client and specify -addnode=your external IP. This would connect your mac client to your Win7 client.

edit: In order to run multiple clients on one external IP you need to use different ports for each client. I don't have in depth understanding of that so I'll leave you to research it on your own

this is wild.  i now have the 2 clients open and running on each side.  is there something special about the 8333 port that Bitcoin likes?  if so, that would be the reason i might want to -addnode to the win7 client from the macOS client thru a different port to get into full node mode, right?  i can tell ur a networking wizard.

is the wallet.dat interchangeable btwn mac and pc clients?

Bitcoin client has several ways to discover nodes. One is - it connects to IRC and queries other nodes in the same channel for their IP addresses. Once it knows the IP addresses, it tries to connect to them on 8333 port. If the port is closed, it cannot connect to that node. It is not a big problem because there are other ways that Bitcoin client can connect to the network. For example, it has inbuild list of reliable nodes and these 8 connections are usually the ones. You can also specify nodes manually with -addnode= switch like we did earlier.
The real problems begin in certain circumstances. For example when port 8333 is closed + reliable nodes are down/have to many connections/exceeded their bandwith. So you can see that in some cases even if you are connected to the network you have to wait a long time before you can update your blockchain.
For more info on how to run multiple clients on a home network using different ports read this: http://forum.bitcoin.org/?topic=589.0
I personally chose another strategy. I opened 8333 and forwarded to one of my computers, which is on most of the time. Now whenever I want to use a client on another computer, I just start it with -addnode=my external IP. What this does, is connects it to that computer which is on most of the time. Since it has up to date blockchain and my client on the other computer doesn't have to wonder halfway around the globe looking for nodes, download starts immediately.

Good Morning mewants:
1.is the wallet.dat interchangeable btwn mac and pc clients?
2.when my desktop sleeps does it disconnect from internet?
3.what am i doing wrong with the bitcoin.conf file?  using Wordpad in plain text mode to addnode=*** IP addresses but doesn't seem to be working.  the .conf method is simpler than opening terminal commands since it should automatically run when opening client.


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: mewantsbitcoins on May 28, 2011, 03:01:58 PM
Good morning
1. Yes, you can use walllet.dat on Linux, OS X and Windows
2. Depends on OS and "what kind of sleep" but generally yes.
3. That is a good question. What OS are you on at the moment? If it's mac, did you put it in
Code:
/Users/username/Library/Application Support/Bitcoin/bitcoin.conf

I copied the whole sample code from https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Running_Bitcoin . Alter settings to your needs. It worked well for me.


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cypherdoc on May 28, 2011, 03:43:13 PM
Good morning
1. Yes, you can use walllet.dat on Linux, OS X and Windows
2. Depends on OS and "what kind of sleep" but generally yes.
3. That is a good question. What OS are you on at the moment? If it's mac, did you put it in
Code:
/Users/username/Library/Application Support/Bitcoin/bitcoin.conf

I copied the whole sample code from https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Running_Bitcoin . Alter settings to your needs. It worked well for me.

so what i've done is tunneled my mac desktop at home to port 8333 and getting decent 12 connections while keeping empty client open and always connected with updated blockchain.  i'm using macbook pro with both macOS and win7 clients which have coins addnoding to this home external IP address.  am trying to get .conf to work since it should connect on client startup w/o laborious terminal commands however only getting 3 connections.  questions below
from the wiki regarding .conf file that i haven't seen mentioned on the thread:

 1.# Connect via a socks4 proxy
 #proxy=127.0.0.1:9050

 2.# Do not use Internet Relay Chat (irc.lfnet.org #bitcoin channel) to
 # find other peers.
 #noirc=1

3. # Listen for RPC connections on this TCP port:
 rpcport=8332

are these suggestions still applicable?

this is whats in my .conf which is in the right place:
addnode=70.177.29.71
addnode=69.164.218.197
addnode=178.79.147.99
addnode=64.22.103.150
addnode=109.75.176.226
addnode=99.27.237.13
noirc=1



Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: mewantsbitcoins on May 28, 2011, 04:09:13 PM
I think that's it. You won't be getting more than 8 connections if you can't bind your clients to 8333 port. If you have your external IP in .conf file this will allow your clients on Macbook and Win7 to instantly download the blockchain from your Mac desktop even if that's the only connection.
I would remove noirc=1 from .conf. If you leave it there it disables IRC peer discovery method. When you take your macbook with you to another network where you have access to port 8333, you'll benefit from being able to use this method.

1. This setting is for people who use proxies. The example "proxy=127.0.0.1:9050" is the way bitcoin can be used on Tor. Localhost acts like router/proxy.
2. Already mentioned - IRC peer discovery method
3. Is for controlling Bitcoin via Jason-RPC


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: opticbit on May 28, 2011, 04:42:29 PM
Seems to take a long time to get connections, when starting up the app on a mac.  but if I turn on generate I get a connection a little quicker


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cypherdoc on May 28, 2011, 09:52:10 PM
I think that's it. You won't be getting more than 8 connections if you can't bind your clients to 8333 port. If you have your external IP in .conf file this will allow your clients on Macbook and Win7 to instantly download the blockchain from your Mac desktop even if that's the only connection.
I would remove noirc=1 from .conf. If you leave it there it disables IRC peer discovery method. When you take your macbook with you to another network where you have access to port 8333, you'll benefit from being able to use this method.

1. This setting is for people who use proxies. The example "proxy=127.0.0.1:9050" is the way bitcoin can be used on Tor. Localhost acts like router/proxy.
2. Already mentioned - IRC peer discovery method
3. Is for controlling Bitcoin via Jason-RPC


is there a program or easy way to tell that my home client is porting to 8333 as desired and more importantly is there a way to tell if my macbook client is detecting my home external IP via the .conf file?


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: mewantsbitcoins on May 28, 2011, 10:04:57 PM
Matt Corallo had a Windows binary to probe ports. You should ask him - he may have one for OS X too. But if you are getting more than 8 connections, that means it's working.
To see if your clients on macbook on Win7 are connecting to your desktop you can look in debug.log file. Simpler way is to just leave these clients off for a while. Once you launch it again, it should start downloading the blockchain immediately. If so, everything's working


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cypherdoc on May 28, 2011, 11:36:10 PM
i think i might finally be able to contribute something to this conversation after mewantsbitcoins helped me greatly understand whats going on.

for those of you wishing to use the bitcoin.conf file to addnodes instead of terminal -addnode commands i think the trouble we're having is with the TextEdit on the mac and possibly Notepad on Windows.  In TextEdit, the default settings are Rich Text Format and changing to plain text is not as simple as it sounds.  check out this link and follow the instructions carefully before creating addnode commands.  http://support.apple.com/kb/TA20406

after changing the preferences settings you need to close and reopen TextEdit before the changes are recorded.  only then can you save a file as Unicode (UTF 8) plain text.  this has improved my connections markedly.  the 8333 port connection has helped tremendously per mewantsbitcoins.  i am a much happier person now  :D


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: mewantsbitcoins on May 28, 2011, 11:39:29 PM
We learned a very important difference between word processor and text editor  :)


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cypherdoc on May 29, 2011, 12:44:27 AM
We learned a very important difference between word processor and text editor  :)

however i must say that i get an immediate 124 connections when i open the client with terminal addnode commands from my dedicated 8333 port mac desktop at home vs. 24 connections when i open with the bitcoin.conf file. ???


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: mewantsbitcoins on May 29, 2011, 01:01:34 AM
Could you open terminal and change directory(cd) to where you put your bitcoin.conf. Then type:

Code:
ls -la
Code:
pwd

Post the output of both commands


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cypherdoc on May 29, 2011, 01:11:00 AM
Could you open terminal and change directory(cd) to where you put your bitcoin.conf. Then type:

Code:
ls -la
Code:
pwd

Post the output of both commands

where do i cd to?  bitcoin.conf is where it usually is:  Library/Application Support/Bitcoin


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: mewantsbitcoins on May 29, 2011, 01:18:26 AM
Could you open terminal and change directory(cd) to where you put your bitcoin.conf. Then type:

Code:
ls -la
Code:
pwd

Post the output of both commands

where do i cd to?  bitcoin.conf is where it usually is:  Library/Application Support/Bitcoin

That's probably the problem. It should be in /Users/[your username]/Library/Application Support/Bitcoin/


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cypherdoc on May 29, 2011, 01:19:35 AM
Could you open terminal and change directory(cd) to where you put your bitcoin.conf. Then type:

Code:
ls -la
Code:
pwd

Post the output of both commands

where do i cd to?  bitcoin.conf is where it usually is:  Library/Application Support/Bitcoin

That's probably the problem. It should be in /Users/[your username]/Library/Application Support/Bitcoin/

no, it is, i just didn't want to show my name


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: mewantsbitcoins on May 29, 2011, 01:20:59 AM
Well, I suspect your bitcoin.conf is not being read for whatever reason, but I'm out of ideas at the moment


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cypherdoc on May 29, 2011, 06:12:34 AM
Well, I suspect your bitcoin.conf is not being read for whatever reason, but I'm out of ideas at the moment

if i'm using win 7 on my macbook to connect to my home external ip would i want to check UPnP or not?  does UPnP open up a specific port on my laptop for client?

what r the terminal commands to -addnode in win 7 from vmware fusion?


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cyrus1985 on May 29, 2011, 09:48:29 AM
thanks for those ip addresses. adding the nodes to the config worked for me.

I wonder why this happens in the first place, shouldn't the bitcoin client cache previously discovered peers, so that it can find them again if IRC is down or some other problem occurs?
(and where do you have those ip addresses from?)


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: mewantsbitcoins on May 29, 2011, 11:23:45 AM
Well, I suspect your bitcoin.conf is not being read for whatever reason, but I'm out of ideas at the moment

if i'm using win 7 on my macbook to connect to my home external ip would i want to check UPnP or not?  does UPnP open up a specific port on my laptop for client?

what r the terminal commands to -addnode in win 7 from vmware fusion?
cypherdoc,

UPnP is technology for automatic port forwarding. It's meant to open ports on a remote device(your case router). Unfortunately, not all devices support it.
In your case, we did it manually so you should leave it off.

On a 32bit system you do something like:
Code:
cd c:\program files\bitcoin

Code:
bitcoin.exe -addnode=69.164.218.197 -addnode=64.22.103.150 -addnode=173.242.112.53 -addnode=178.79.147.99 -addnode=184.106.111.41 -addnode=91.85.220.84 -addnode=173.224.125.222 -addnode=86.5.50.90 -addnode=178.255.199.86

cyrus1985, you can find fallback nodes on our wiki
https://en.bitcoin.it/wiki/Fallback_Nodes


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: REF on May 29, 2011, 02:45:51 PM
iv never had over 8 connections at once. i normally sit around 4.


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cypherdoc on May 29, 2011, 04:01:57 PM
iv never had over 8 connections at once. i normally sit around 4.

go thru this thread carefully and listen to everything mewants says.


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: mewantsbitcoins on May 29, 2011, 04:38:43 PM
I should mention that anybody who just wishes to use bitcoin client on one computer at a time on a home network, should first try enabling "Map port using UPnP" which is in "Settings"->"Options". If you're in luck and your router supports UPnP, you won't need to add nodes/do port forporwarding manually.


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: carbonpenguin on May 29, 2011, 06:04:33 PM
So I'm having similar issues, and, having read through this thread a few times, and still unsure of how to fix it. I'm running Ubuntu 11.04, and I stopped being able to connect with any nodes on friday. I tried installing a newer version of the client (am now running 0.3.21 beta, but still no luck :-\. What would be the next step for me?


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cypherdoc on May 29, 2011, 06:07:31 PM
So I'm having similar issues, and, having read through this thread a few times, and still unsure of how to fix it. I'm running Ubuntu 11.04, and I stopped being able to connect with any nodes on friday. I tried installing a newer version of the client (am now running 0.3.21 beta, but still no luck :-\. What would be the next step for me?

what have u tried?  have u tried checking the UPnP switch?


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: carbonpenguin on May 29, 2011, 06:09:11 PM
How would I do that in Ubuntu? (I'm fairly command-line illiterate :-/)


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: carbonpenguin on May 29, 2011, 06:12:01 PM
Wait, if it's in the client, I just checked the box, but still no connections so far...


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: mewantsbitcoins on May 29, 2011, 06:13:13 PM
Wait, if it's in the client, I just checked the box, but still no connections so far...

Restart the client and give it some time


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: carbonpenguin on May 29, 2011, 06:39:28 PM
Wait, if it's in the client, I just checked the box, but still no connections so far...

Restart the client and give it some time

Did, and let it run for about 25 minutes, but still no connections. Should I let it keep searching for the next few hours, or is there something else I should try?


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cypherdoc on May 29, 2011, 06:42:04 PM
Wait, if it's in the client, I just checked the box, but still no connections so far...

Restart the client and give it some time

Did, and let it run for about 25 minutes, but still no connections. Should I let it keep searching for the next few hours, or is there something else I should try?

first, are u on a home network or one that u can control  the router from?


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: carbonpenguin on May 29, 2011, 06:46:41 PM
A home network - wireless going to a 3M/3M internet connection. Also, I'm now seeing one connection (which is encouraging !!!), but thus far no new confirmations have been added to anything on the list...


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cypherdoc on May 29, 2011, 06:50:10 PM
A home network - wireless going to a 3M/3M internet connection. Also, I'm now seeing one connection (which is encouraging !!!), but thus far no new confirmations have been added to anything on the list...

open up your 8333 port and direct the ip address at your computers ip address which u can manually set.


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: mewantsbitcoins on May 29, 2011, 06:59:37 PM
Like cypherdoc mentioned you need to let your client listen on port 8333.
As a quick fix try closing your client, open up terminal and run
Code:
bitcoin -addnode=69.164.218.197 -addnode=64.22.103.150 -addnode=173.242.112.53 -addnode=178.79.147.99 -addnode=184.106.111.41 -addnode=91.85.220.84 -addnode=173.224.125.222 -addnode=86.5.50.90 -addnode=178.255.199.86


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: carbonpenguin on May 29, 2011, 07:37:45 PM
Working! Thankyouthankyouthankyou!


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: mewantsbitcoins on May 29, 2011, 07:39:19 PM
But please look into how to open/forward port 8333 so you don't have to start Bitcoin client with -addnode= switch.
It will help other people to avoid this same problem


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cypherdoc on May 29, 2011, 07:59:47 PM
But please look into how to open/forward port 8333 so you don't have to start Bitcoin client with -addnode= switch.
It will help other people to avoid this same problem

mewants:  its ppl like u that drive confidence in the system.  keep up the great work and thank you again too!


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cypherdoc on May 29, 2011, 08:02:29 PM
since i've reconfigured my system, i have kept both the mac and windows versions of the client open.  while the mac seems to make consistently more connections, the windows version more rapidly updates the block chain.  go figure.


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: mewantsbitcoins on May 29, 2011, 08:22:33 PM
No need to thank me, cypherdoc. I feel privileged to be part of Bitcoin and help out where I can.
I strongly believe this will finally bring a huge and positive social change to our society where people aren't enemies and strangers to each other anymore.
"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one"  ;)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_km0u64OLng


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: Dobrodav on May 30, 2011, 12:11:09 PM
No need to thank me, cypherdoc. I feel privileged to be part of Bitcoin and help out where I can.
I strongly believe this will finally bring a huge and positive social change to our society where people aren't enemies and strangers to each other anymore.
"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one"  ;)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_km0u64OLng


I am cant find any way, how bitcoin can turn us to became like "people aren't enemies and strangers to each other anymore".
Its just about the other side. The competition will be even tougher, than its now.


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
Post by: cypherdoc on May 30, 2011, 02:37:04 PM
No need to thank me, cypherdoc. I feel privileged to be part of Bitcoin and help out where I can.
I strongly believe this will finally bring a huge and positive social change to our society where people aren't enemies and strangers to each other anymore.
"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one"  ;)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_km0u64OLng


I am cant find any way, how bitcoin can turn us to became like "people aren't enemies and strangers to each other anymore".
Its just about the other side. The competition will be even tougher, than its now.

thats why he said he's a dreamer.  otoh, money is the life blood and lubricant of the world economy and so much misery and pain has resulted from central bankster counterfeiting and corruption.  if btc could rid the world of that scourge alone we very well could be on our way to a far better life.


Title: Re: LOTS of connection problems for everyone!
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