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I am running a tor relay (which has the guard flag) in my LAN at an IP like 192.168.0.103. I would like to have Tor Browser use this relay as a guard/entry node so that all the tor traffic goes through that computer (for traffic shaping).

Following this I tried using EntryNodes – with the fingerprint, with local IP or with the public IP – in torrc, but it fails to connect to the network. In some cases it just keeps connecting forever, in others it gives something like:

17/09/16 11:53:24.800 [NOTICE] 1 entries in guards 
17/09/16 11:53:25.800 [WARN] Failed to find node for hop 0 of our path. Discarding this circuit. 
17/09/16 11:53:26.800 [WARN] Failed to find node for hop 0 of our path. Discarding this circuit. 
17/09/16 11:53:27.800 [WARN] Failed to find node for hop 0 of our path. Discarding this circuit. 
17/09/16 11:53:28.800 [WARN] Failed to find node for hop 0 of our path. Discarding this circuit. 

However, with the same fingerprint I can connect from another network (with different public IP).

What should I do to make it work?

  • Could you share the relay fingerprint? I was able to get the Tor Browser to use custom entry nodes just fine. The correct syntax in torrc is EntryNodes $relayfingerprint and relays that are used as exits cannot be used for anything else (this is hard-coded). – SuperSluether Sep 17 '16 at 15:01
  • I've verified that I can connect to the same entry node using the fingerprint when I don't share the same IP (tethering through a cell phone instead, with the same configuration). The issue is not the relay, but that the tor browser cannot connect when on the same lan and public IP. – user14363 Sep 18 '16 at 7:16
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    Routing issue then, unrelated to Tor. – cacahuatl Sep 18 '16 at 12:14
  • It is very easy. Tell Tor Browser in network settings that your ISP blocks. Then fill 192.168.0.103:9001 into the custom bridge field. – jogger Apr 3 '17 at 20:39
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I'm using it as a bridge if I need to use a Tor Browser through it, but usually I'm routing all traffic through Tor node at my home: it's simple and secure. I'm using iptables for it and local bind setup.

  • So you have made it work when they are in the same network as in my case? What did you need to configure with iptables? – user14363 Sep 20 '16 at 5:28
  • @user14363 like this – Alexey Vesnin Sep 20 '16 at 21:08

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