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July 11, 2011, 11:04:59 AM
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I'm trying to get started with bitcoin at the moment. So I tried to get a tiny bitcoin value for testing from http://faucet.bitcoin.st/ (bitcoin faucet). However, it doesn't work for me, I always get a "We cannot connect to your Bitcoin Client, Please Open Your Firewall so port 8333 forwards to your computer" error message. Technically, I doubt this is the case. The machine running bitcoind is directly connected to the internet, with no firewall in between, and I can connect to port 8333 on it. So is there anything else I could be doing wrong? Also, does this mean that the bitcoin client must be running and connected to the internet in order for one of my bitcoin addresses to receive coins?

I put a bitcoin address in my signature, just in case anyone has some bitcoin fraction left and wants to test, or just help me out getting started...

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July 11, 2011, 01:48:17 PM
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This website seems dodgy... Why would it have to connect to your bitcoin client at all? Transfers of bitcoins aren't done 'directly' like that...

Also the whole "By clicking on "I Agree" you agree that the mobile phone number entered above is your mobile phone, you also agree to receive occasional SMS messages (no more than 2 a month) advertising Bitcoin related services."

should be enough to put you off Tongue

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July 11, 2011, 04:07:01 PM
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Eww.  Don't use that one.  Use the other faucet.  https://freebitcoins.appspot.com/

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July 12, 2011, 02:18:21 AM
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This website seems dodgy... Why would it have to connect to your bitcoin client at all? Transfers of bitcoins aren't done 'directly' like that...
Thanks for clarifying. This one also made me wonder. It is not even clear to me where it would look for my bitcoin client? On the browser's IP? Not that I would regard web-browsers as terribly security-conscious applications which I would want to run on the same machine as the wallet...

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July 12, 2011, 02:23:41 AM
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Eww.  Don't use that one.  Use the other faucet.  https://freebitcoins.appspot.com/
Hmm... I don't want a google account, though.

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July 12, 2011, 02:43:57 AM
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This website seems dodgy... Why would it have to connect to your bitcoin client at all? Transfers of bitcoins aren't done 'directly' like that...
I think it's to prevent someone from using a proxy to get around the limit placed on each IP address.

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July 12, 2011, 02:45:44 AM
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I'd like to hear from someone who has actually done this successfully and retained the rest of their bitcoins Tongue

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July 12, 2011, 04:28:16 AM
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Hi!

I'm trying to get started with bitcoin at the moment. So I tried to get a tiny bitcoin value for testing from http://faucet.bitcoin.st/ (bitcoin faucet). However, it doesn't work for me, I always get a "We cannot connect to your Bitcoin Client, Please Open Your Firewall so port 8333 forwards to your computer" error message. Technically, I doubt this is the case. The machine running bitcoind is directly connected to the internet, with no firewall in between, and I can connect to port 8333 on it. So is there anything else I could be doing wrong? Also, does this mean that the bitcoin client must be running and connected to the internet in order for one of my bitcoin addresses to receive coins?

I put a bitcoin address in my signature, just in case anyone has some bitcoin fraction left and wants to test, or just help me out getting started...

You need to configure your firewall in a way that will allow you to communicate to those address/addresses. 

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