[tor-relays] Home broadband - worth running a relay?

Nick tor-relays at njw.me.uk
Thu Jul 11 20:43:00 UTC 2013

Hi there,

I have a reasonable ADSL connection, and a little always-on server.  
The bandwidth is in the region of 2Mib/s down, something less up 
(maybe 256Kib/s). Is it useful for me to run a tor relay with this 
bandwidth? I'd like to run one which isn't an exit, at least for 

If not, am I correct in thinking that a bridge is an appropriate 
help? That's what I'm doing currently, but if a relay would be more 
useful I'd be very happy to do that.

One other unrelated(ish) question: I'm in the UK, where the idea of 
censorship isn't resisted as strongly as it ought to be, and as a 
result my internet connection is subject to a smallish amount of 
censorship: whatever is on the secret IWF blacklist plus the pirate 
bay. Does this mean that running an exit node from a home connection 
here at some point in the future would not be helpful? Or only if 
all HTTP(S) was blocked (as the IWF blacklist is secret there's 
presumably no way to tell the tor network what is inaccessible from 
this node).

Thanks in advance,


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