Questions tagged [relays]

Questions relating to relays, their maintenance, and operation.

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Tor entrance point does not change [duplicate]

When I look at the tor channel - the entrance point is always 124.6.36.230 (Great Britain) - even if I ask tor to choose a new channel. I thought the route through tor is randomly selected. But if the ...
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How do you get legit relay bandwidth ballpark figures?

I'm using STEM. I'm trying to create custom circuits based on relay information but I'm unable to get reliable relay information. RouterStatusEntryV3.measured which appears to be the heuristic I ...
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Qualities of a good relay (besides the obvious)

I’m currently working on Roster, a tor project that aims to reward relay operators with good relays. Besides the obvious requirements of a good relay (e.g. speed, geo-diversity, constant uptime), ...
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How to find the current number of tor relays/ exit nodes in entire tor network?

tor project faq points to this page: https://metrics.torproject.org/. But it is not easy to understand. I don't understand the terms used in this page. How do I decipher the following information ...
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Why is the first ip address Tor goes to the same one in Germany?

Every time I start Tor or switch to a new identity, the first web address in the list of Tor circuit connections is (Germany) 93.180.156.84. Is Tor supposed to work this way? I was under the ...
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Tor Non Exit Relay Port Issue

I am trying to set up a tor non exit relay, i am running it on debian wheezy inside of a virtual machine run in hyper-v on server2o12 r2 datacenter, my router is a ubiquiti ER-8Pro both ports 9001 and ...
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Accurately measuring bandwidth

I am working on a tor project that deals with relays' bandwidths. Recently, I have spoken to a relay operator who divulged that the observed bandwidth of one of the relays was faked. The data was ...
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I have 1635 inbound and one outbound connection on my relay is that normal?

I am running a middle relay on a raspberry pi b+ its been up for about two weeks now and until last night was averaging 50MB downloads a day. Now its finally sped up, hope im not doing something wrong ...
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If I copy my Tor relay image for a friend does it help?

I know it will start and connect but the fingerprint is the same.. does that matter?
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Why exactly is it not recommended to exclude relays?

I'm doing some research on Tor for a paper and stumbled upon this section on the Tor FAQ page, where it says how to choose or exclude certain nodes from your circuit. Below it says that it is not ...
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Is it possible to run a second tor relay on the same LAN?

I have been trying to test it out, I've changed the ORPort and DirPort and forwarded them on the router but I keep getting the following messages. pi@raspberrypi ~ $ tail -f /var/log/tor/logled--see ...
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Can the Tor Browser be configured to function as a non-exit relay node?

I downloaded the 64-bit Windows installed for "Tor Browser" from this URL: https://www.torproject.org/download/download-easy.html.en It installed and worked as expected and can display normal and ....
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Why my relay is so slow?

I have a connection of 100mb/s and its going too slow, just look here: https://globe.torproject.org/#/search/query=A11BAE8F2676FF78727EE74949836E495D801D90 The relay is located in a OVH VPS How can ...
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How does the exit node relay data back to originator?

I read some of the answers on the forum trying to understand how a server talks back to client through TOR, and from what I understand nodes keep a record for a while of the next and previous node to ...
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If there was multicore support, what limit is there to hidden service or relay bandwidth?

If there was multicore support, what limit is there to hidden service or relay bandwidth? Given that a single cloudflare server supports at least six gigabits of bandwidth (although it's likely ...
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Can a relay decide which protocol to use (TAP or ntor)?

I've just started studying Tor and I came across TAP and ntor protocols. Just want to clear up that are these protocols decided at the time of circuit creation or each relay can decide on its own that ...
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Using Raspberry Pi as Tor Relay

I'm attempting to set up my raspberry pi as a tor relay. I found some instructions on Instructable: http://www.instructables.com/id/Raspberry-Pi-Tor-relay/?ALLSTEPS I'm only concerned for steps 1-6, ...
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How does tor know the return path?

So lets say I connected to xyz.onion I use this route me > node 1 > node 2 > node 3 > rendezvous > node 4 > node 5 > node 6 > website I understand that it uses layers to encrypt the path so each ...
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Relay bandwidth reporting frequency

I've been running a middle relay on a Raspberry Pi for some time now. Recently, I switched out my first generation Pi for a 2nd generation model B. I installed Tor on the new Pi and moved the keys ...
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How do bridges defend themselves against targeted scans?

Running a Tor Bridge recommends using port 443 and even when running a bridge using a pluggable transport an open (non-transport) bridge port seems to be required. Assuming someone runs obfs4 and a ...
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How do I manually setup a relay on OS X?

Manually configuring a Tor Relay on OS X (Yosemite, Tor 0.2.5.11) Since Vidalia has been deprecated the EFF videos and other documentation about running a relay outside of the Tor Browser Bundle are ...
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Relay getting traffic showing as unreachable?

UPDATE: See my answer below for instructions, I added a Dynamic DNS and added that as the "Address" in torrc. Once I did that I got the "Self-testing indicates your ORPort is reachable. Excellent." ...
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Configuring Relay on Windows

I know this question has been asked tons of times, I've read some answers and tor faq and manual, but still I'm unable to make it work. I downloaded Expert Bundle from https://www.torproject.org/...
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How does data go through Tor

I know how Tor works (mostly) but I want to know how data returns through Tor to the user. Example: I send a message from me (Bob) to my friend (Rob) and it goes to, let's say, 3 relays. Now, when I ...
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What's a good RelayBandwidthRate?

I know the minimum required rate is 20KB, and the minimum rate to be considered "fast" is around 100KB, but even the "fast" rate seems incredibly slow to me, compared to the average download speed of ...
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Graphs on Atlas not updating

I recently started running a relay on my NAS. While the relay itself is running fine (no errors from tor itself), and I understand that I won't get much traffic for the first two days (I've read this ...
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Better to run one relay or two, given equal total bandwidth?

For example, would it be more helpful to the network to setup one relay that had 4TB of bandwidth, or two relays that each had 2TB? Does the answer change depending on the amount of bandwidth each ...
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Continue running middle relay with Vidalia 0.2.21 (Tor 2.4.23)?

The Vidalia bundles are still advertised in the TBB3 FAQ, but no longer available to download. What should Windows users who want to run a middle relay do? Conversely, should operators stop running ...
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How to get time node/IP first appeared on the network?

I need to get the time that a Tor server or an IP address first appeared in the consensus. Is it possible to use Stem to get this kind of information? If not, how do I get the time of a server or IP ...
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Using your Tor relay as a client for Torbrowser and other regular Tor traffic: Is this helpful or hurtful to your anonymity? [duplicate]

I run a relay off of my desktop computer, and currently have Torbrowser and Tox configured to use it as a client as well. I seem to remember hearing long ago that a client that also acts as a relay ...
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What does the heartbeat line in my torrc mean?

I know that the Tor logs are in /var/log/tor. I have a question as to what one of the lines in the log means though. I see something along these lines: Heartbeat: Tor's uptime is 4 days 18:00 hours, ...
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Can exit relays be selected as middle or guard nodes?

I was under the impression that exit relays are only ever used as exit relays, however, recently I read a paper that stated that exit relays can be selected as guards or middle nodes. Is this true? I ...
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Is it me or the relay info websites?

I got my relay working just fine, torrc is all configured to my liking, etc. But when I checked Atlas and Globe to see the bandwidth differences between when I went to bed last night and when I got up ...
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If I run a relay on my home network should I use it as my guard node?

Started running a relay from my home network. Getting a bit of traffic now. Wondering if it would be beneficial to run my Tor connections through it. It seems to be able to mask my use of Tor. If I ...
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Setting up a Tor bridge?

I have a Windows server I hardly use, and I decided that I wanted to use it to run a Tor bridge. I've been trying all morning to figure out how to set it up to no avail. Most of the tutorials I've ...
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Default relay bandwidth?

I successfully setup my Tor relay last night, and it has been running for a few hours now. But looking at it this morning, it is not getting that much advertised bandwidth. It has gone up since the ...
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Tor hidden service bandwith question

I have a newbie question here. When you setup a Tor hidden service do you yourself use up bandwidth on your network or does is the traffic attributed to the relay?
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Tor dying on Raspberry Pi (circuit creation storm, out of memory)

UPD: this question was regarding an older version of Tor (0.2.4.24). With a newer version (which was 0.2.7.2-alpha for me) the problem disappeared. I am running Tor (0.2.4.24) relay on Raspberry Pi (...
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Should I run fast Tor relay or a stable relay is fine?

I recently started a Tor Relay on my own VPS. It has 500GB bandwidths each month, and I limited bandwidth rate to 1500 KBytes. I don't know which one is better for Tor network: Running a fast relay ...
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Can I run a Tor relay with Norton ConnectSafe DNS?

I am trying to contribute to Tor Network by running a non-exit relay on my PC. Via the status window, I already received the comment saying that my relay is reachable: Jan 17 01:32:13.420 [Notice] ...
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How can we get more community-operated (non-NSA) Tor relays set up?

One of the greatest threats I can see to the anonymity of the Tor network and its users, is NSA/GCHQ (etc.)-operated Tor nodes. No matter how state-of-the-art 'good practice' a Tor user adheres to - ...
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How is data sent back from exit node to me?

I understand how the client sends the data through Tor to the sever. Onion routing Basically, it selects a set of nodes to form a circuit, say nodeA nodeB nodeC. It then encrypts the data this way: ...
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Are these specs (VPS) good enough to run a Tor relay?

I want to run a bunch of Tor relays, and so plan to buy 10 $5 VPS's from a company called Beastnode. I have had an amazing experience with this company for game servers and websites in the past, so I ...
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Ready-made Tor relay on virtual machine

I was looking for a virtual machine that has Tor relay pre-configured. This came to my mind while thinking about the the amount of security which can be provided by having thousands of similar Tor ...
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On Dec 26 2014 the number of relays have increased from 6700 range to 10000 range overnight. What is going on?

The number of relays have suddenly increased from 6700 range to 10000 range in a very short period of time. What is going on?
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How to update obfs4proxy source code?

So I correctly downloaded and build the obfs4proxy source code about a month ago, using the documented go get git.torproject.org/pluggable-transports/obfs4.git/obfs4proxy Now how do I update my ...
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How to OutboundBindInterface set to ethX for relay?

i got linux box with two eth, on wan port i getting dynamic ip. So i can't bind interface by ip
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Do my ISP notice the relay changing?

Building a new relay may produce new traffic, is it any different with the Tor browser data through Tor, and does the adversay notice I'm building a new relay? I am asking whether my ISP will know ...
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Should the MyFamily option be set for bridges?

I am running two relays and a couple of bridges. Currently only the relays have the MyFamily option set. Should the bridges also have it set? Should they include the relays or should they not? Is this ...
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Error creating network socket: No buffer space available

The logfile of my Tor relay is filled with thousands of lines saying: [warn] Error creating network socket: No buffer space available By googling I found out, that this might have to do with the ...