How to Connect to Peers on Vuze

By Cee Jay

To achieve maximum download speeds in Vuze or any other peer-to-peer program, you need to be fully connectable. If peers cannot connect to you, either the tracker is down, there aren't enough peers/seeds or you are behind a firewall. The first two issues typically yield no connections at all, although the low peer problem may resolve itself if you leave Vuze running long enough. Firewalls can be circumvented by opening ports to allow the incoming connections.

Step 1

Launch Vuze from the Start menu. Click on "Tools" and go to "Options."

Step 2

Select "Connection" from the left window.

Step 3

Write down the ports listed for "TCP Listen Port" and "UDP Listen Port." Click the "X" to close the window.

Step 4

Open a browser and type the internal IP address for the router's administration page in the navigation bar. If you are not sure of the IP address, check the documentation supplied with your router.

Step 5

Log in to the router’s administration page using the default username and password. You can look these up on the "Default Router Passwords" page at

Step 6

Open the "Firewall" or "Security" tab and click "Settings." The exact procedure for accessing the Settings options will vary, depending on your router brand and model.

Step 7

Choose your computer from the drop-down list, if applicable, and then click "Allow Individual Applications." Click "Add a New User-defined Application." If you see Vuze is already in the list, select it, and click "Edit."

Step 8

Enter a name in the box to help you remember the purpose of this connection – for example, enter "Vuze," "File Sharing" or "Azureus."

Step 9

Type the port number you wrote down earlier in the two “Range” boxes.

Step 10

Click "Add Definition" and then click "Back."

Step 11

Click "Done" to confirm. Restart Vuze. Click "Help" and select "NAT/Firewall Test."

Step 12

Click "Test" and wait for the results. Vuze should report, "Everything is OK." If not, log back in to your router and double-check your settings.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use PFConfig from to have your ports forwarded for you automatically.