Port defaults

David Ryder davaweb at bigpond.net.au
Thu Nov 27 23:50:47 GMT 2008

Thank you, Hew, for the insight.

I don't, and won't, use ufw as my router's protection has not failed me
so far.
I note your comments re Azureus/Vuze and ports; I have tried Deluge and
it has no problem. I think I might switch. I tried Transmission some
time ago and recently to confirm that I just was not getting the speed
that I get wit Azureus or Deluge.
Many thanks for your help.

On Thu, 2008-11-27 at 18:18 +1100, Hew McLachlan wrote:
> I think it's best that no firewall is applied by default. For example, a
> firewall on each computer of a home network would be an unnecessary
> complication, as a firewall at the router provides sufficient security
> for the whole network in most cases.
> I am not sure about your Azureus / Vuze problem, but I would think it's
> a problem specifically with that program. Since ports are open already,
> there is no need to "reset" or "re-open" them. If you want to use a
> firewall to have ports closed by default, you use use ufw (uncomplicated
> firewall) which is very simple to use and set up rules for. There is
> even the gufw GUI available for it.
> If you're after an easy to use torrent program, you might be better off
> with Transmission, which is the default now for Ubuntu installations.
> Hopefully that won't have the same strange port issues.
> Regards,
> Hew McLachlan
> David Ryder wrote:
> > Thanks Hew,
> > Wouldn't it be better if they reverted to being closed - if so, how can
> > one do that apart from complicated rules for mail, firefox etc?
> >
> > The reason I asked originally was because whenever I close Azureus, when
> > I next open it the port I was using is no longer available.
> >
> > Can I write a script that would run to reset the port when Azureus is
> > re-opened, thus making it available again? I'm not savvy on port
> > opening/closing despite having tried to find info on it.
> >
> > Many thanks,
> > David

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