[tor-dev] Flashproxy alpha bundles

Alexandre al.frank.allaire at gmail.com
Thu Dec 13 17:37:18 UTC 2012

It's unfortunately a limitation of the technology we are using.
The proxies run as javascript code in peoples' web browsers,
and use the WebSocket protocol to relay traffic from the client
to the relay. 

This protocol is designed to allow bidirectional
communication from a browser to a web server using a single
connection, as a replacement for the current method, which
is to constantly make new http requests to the server. In this
scenario it doesn't really make sense for  web browsers to accept 
connections, so browser implementations don't let you do it.
So the user has to be able to accept connections on his end.

You can get the full details on flash proxies here:



On 2012-12-13, at 12:10 PM, adrelanos <adrelanos at riseup.net> wrote:

> Alexandre:
>> - Is configuring port forwarding insurmountable for you?
> It was always too much to ask the user to set up a port forwarding. Try
> asking your non-technical friends or family. You'll see. Alternatively
> search for RetroShare, emule, filesharing port forwarding and see how
> many people having trouble.
> There are also cases, where it is impossible to set up a port
> forwarding. Such cases include for example 3G networks, WiFi hotspots or
> all other networks where the admin won't do it for you.
> I think dropping the requirement for a port forwarding is crucial to let
> any non-geek users profit from it. Or wait for IPv6 and such problems
> will vanish?
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