Vuze/Windows

Here are the steps to install Transdroid when you use Vuze on Windows:

Setting up Vuze

Vuze is a fairly popular torrent client with Windows users, most notably because of the extensive media converter and device playback features. To download the latest version, go to the official Vuze website and install it on your computer.

The Vuze installer for Windows

After starting Vuze from the Windows start menu, you should install the XML over HTTP plug-in. This forms the communication layer between Vuze and Transdroid. You can manually get the plug-in from the Vuze/Azureus website. In that case unzip the downloaded xml_http_if_1.1.4.zip file and place the contents in the C:\Program Files\Vuze\plugins directory.

An alternative is to install it directly from Vuze. Choose ‘Tools -> Plugins -> -> Installation Wizard’ and use the wizard to install the XML over HTTP plug-in.

When the plug-in is installed, go to ‘Tools -> Options..’ and open the ‘Plugins’ tab. Make sure that the XML over HTTP plug-in is enabled. It should now be possible to open this plug-in’s settings screen. This allows you to configure remote access. You can leave the port number to 6884. Make sure you set the mode to ‘full’ access and do not use IP filtering. Next, check the ‘Enable password‘ option and fill in a username and password of your choice. Click ‘Apply’ to confirm your settings.

Vuze's XML over HTTP plug-in settings window

You may want to open the XML over HTTP plug-in’s logging window using ‘Tools -> Plugins -> Log Views -> XML over HTTP’. This window shows some statistics and generates log messages when a connection is attempted.

Remember that you always leave the application running to allow Transdroid to connect to it.

Allow access from anywhere

The next step is very important if you want to use Transdroid to control Vuze from anywhere you go and not just your home Wi-Fi network. You will need to open up the port 6884 and redirect this to your home computer. First get your Window computer’s local IP address. Where you find this depends on your Windows version. On Windows Vista, left-click the Network Connection icon in your system tray, in the very bottom-right corner of your screen, and choose ‘Network and Sharing Center’.

Vista's network adapter details window

Next, click on ‘View Status’ and then on the ‘Details’ button. This window shows you all the connection details for your active network adapter. You should note down the ‘IPv4 IP Address’. This is your local IP address that you will need to redirect any external traffic to.

Vista's network adapter details window

An alternative on both Windows XP and Vista is to run the ipconfig.exe command. Hit ‘WindowsKey-R’ and in the ‘Run’ dialog box that pops up enter ‘cmd.exe’ and click ‘OK’. In the command window, enter ‘ipconfig.exe’ and look at it’s output. For the adapter that is active it should show you a IPv4 Address. This is the local IP address that you need to write down.

Output of running ipconfig.exe

Now go to your the manager interface of your router or ADSL modem. It will most likely have a NAT tab or settings screen. Here you will need to set up a port forward from all external traffic on port number 6884 to you local computers’ IP address – the one that you just retrieved – on the same port. There are too many routers and ADSL modems to make detailed explanations here, but you can use the website PortForward for in-depth help.

Setting up Transdroid

The final step is to set up Transdroid. Install the software from the Android Market and open up the application. You will see a message that you need to set up a server configuration first. Hit your Android device’s menu button and choose ‘Settings’. Next, click the ‘Add a sever’ button to create your first sever configuration. You can add more later, if you need to.

Now fill in all the settings. The name is totally up to you. From the type menu you choose for Vuze of course.

The IP address is your server’s external IP address. If you do not know this, open up a browser on your Windows machine and surf to whatismyip.com. It will present you the external IP address that you need in Transdroid.

The port number is the next setting and is 6884. (Except for when you choose to use something else, of course.)

Choose to enable authentication and fill in the XML over HTTP username and password.

Time to test your settings! First disconnect from the Wi-Fi network if you are connected to the local network (the one where your Windows machine is in as well). This is important, because you will need to use different settings for that.

Now, hit the back button of your Android device twice to return to the main screen. It should now state that it is connecting to the sever. After a couple of seconds you should get a listing of all the active torrents in Vuze. Reward yourself by downloading some torrents, right from your phone. 🙂

Local Wi-Fi network access

One thing you should know when you have a Wi-Fi network at home, is that you cannot use your external IP address as described above while you are connected this way. When connected to the wireless network that your Windows machine is in, you will need to use your machine’s internal IP address instead.

Easiest thing to do is to open Transdroid’s settings menu again and add a new sever configuration. Use the exact same details that you used before, but now use your Windows machine’s local IP address. Of course you also want to give it a name that identifies it as being your local configuration.

Give it a test by going to the main screen and choose ‘servers‘ from the menu. You can select the other configuration from the pop-up menu. A little tip: switching servers can also be done by swiping your finger from left to right (or the other way around). No need to open the menu each time!

Troubleshooting

If Transdroid refuses to connect you, use these steps to trace the problem.

Make sure that the XML over HTTP plug-in is running. You can open a logging window for the plg-in that should show any connection attempts.

Check if you can connect using Transdroid while connected on your internal Wi-Fi network. Remember to use you internal IP address now. If this works but external connections via 3G/EDGE don’t, you have not set up the port forwarding correctly.

Still having troubles? Send us an e-mail explaining what you have attempted already, what error you are receiving and which torrent client you use.

Good luck and enjoy!

Comments

  • alienangel  On 23 August 2010 at 05:20

    Just one thing to add for the Vuze/Windows instructions – you may want to enable the Vuze option to autosave .torrent files (Options->Files->Torrents. This is because, at least when I use Transdroid, if I don’t have that option checked, Vuze will pop up a “where would you like to save the torrent” dialog box any time I add a torrent from Transdroid, which makes the add fail.

    This is completely separate from the autosave location for the actual data file.

    It would be nice if you could make Transdroid not ask vuze to save the .torrent at all, since I have no interest in keeping those saved.

  • Vb  On 25 August 2010 at 22:59

    how can we view any videos we download via transdroid? is there a default save location? Ive tried viewing from within transdroid itself and im getting error message: the application transdroid has stopped. please try again. Am i doing something wrong here?

    • Eric Kok  On 26 August 2010 at 10:29

      You cannot view files on your phone with Transdroid. It can only control a remote running torrent client.

      • vb  On 26 August 2010 at 15:07

        Can we connect to vuze over 3g or only wi-fi? Tried to get vuze to download a file from a locally saved torrent file and getting error message saying it can’t do it.

        “the torrent could not be added right now. Would you like to retry?”

        Is this a service provider issue?

        I can bring up the vuze interface so i presume im connecting but i just cant seem to get vuze to accept and download the torrent? Im on 3g signal. and it is definately a .torrent file

  • Vb  On 26 August 2010 at 14:50

    Can we connect to vuze over 3g or only wi-fi? Tried to get vuze to download a file from a locally saved torrent file and getting error message saying it can’t do it.

    • Eric Kok  On 26 August 2010 at 15:03

      To connect over 3G, create a port forward as described above.

      • vb  On 26 August 2010 at 15:09

        i have opened 6884 on the router…

      • vb  On 26 August 2010 at 15:21

        do i have to get that port opened with my ph network supplier? or do i do it from my handset? as i said its open on my router and pointed at the machine running vuze on that network.

  • JC417832  On 11 November 2010 at 06:18

    I think im having trouble with my port forwarding? I have a linksys wrt320N router. When i try to connect to the server it tells me there is an error or Access denied!

  • MrLoe  On 12 April 2011 at 12:42

    I have followed the directions to the letter, to have my transdroid link up to my vuze on windows.
    For some reason it still wont link up.

    The IPv4 Address I found as described as well as the port being 6884 and it still wont connect.

    Please help

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