Technology Preview: Windows client as a bridge by default

Andrew Lewman andrew at
Sun Jun 6 01:50:48 UTC 2010

We keep hearing from people around the world that clicking the 3
buttons to turn yourself into a bridge is too difficult for most users
to do.  These people have repeatedly asked for a "bridge by default"
configuration in a package.  Here it is:

When you install and run this package, you are a bridge relay helping
censored users around the world access Tor and the uncensored Internet.
To understand more about bridges, read

This is the installable Vidalia bundle configured to be a bridge by
default.  This is Tor, Vidalia 0.2.9, Polipo
The only difference between this bridge-bundle and the vidalia-bundle
is the bridge configuration.  

When started, Vidalia attempts to use UPnP to reconfigure any
NAT/router device to open port 9001 for tor and 9030 for a directory
mirror.  The bandwidth is set to consume greater than 1.5 Mbps.  It
works just like the vidalia-bundle (because it is the vidalia-bundle)
where if UPnP fails, it prompts you to open the correct ports on your

None of this is final configuration. It is merely a "does it work for
you?" test package.  So far, it's worked on the 4 different networks
I've tried.  Apologies to the 300 Chinese users who used my bridge on
one of the test networks, only to have it go away a day later.

Andrew Lewman
The Tor Project
pgp 0x31B0974B

Blog: torproject
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