Once in a while, we receive e-mails from readers who tell us that they’re having problems connecting to the Ares Galaxy network. We want everyone to be able to enjoy our amazing open source file sharing program, so we’d like to take some time here to disclose a few more pointers for solving potential connectivity problems.
Problems With The Port
Ares Galaxy routes data transfers with other peers in the network through a particular port of your computer. However, some Internet Service Providers block certain ports in an effort to clamp down on excessive data transfer, and there may be other software active on your pc (such as antivirus or firewall programs) that might be blocking the port that Ares Galaxy is trying to use.
If your connectivity problems are due to problems with the port settings, there are a few things you can do to fix this. First of all, check your antivirus and firewall settings and examine whether they are blocking Ares. If so, then add an exception for Ares Galaxy and try again.
Secondly, you may have to allow port forwarding on those same settings. Thirdly, you can try choosing a different port for Ares Galaxy by going to the Transfer tab in the Control Panel. Any port over 6,000 should be okay, but if you’re not sure, just delete the port there and restart Ares. This should result in the program automatically choosing an open port for you.
Defining Your Proxy Settings
Some people have their connections set up in a way that requires them to access the Internet through a certain proxy. Others, primarily those on large public networks such as students who live on university campuses, may have their connection blocked to reduce the traffic load on the network.
Whether you can’t access the Internet without them, or are trying to avoid the blocks, proxies are the answer. The proxy settings can be changed under the Network tab in the Control Panel. Please refer to the documentation of your ISP or to other online sources if you need more information about proxies.
Reinstalling The Ares Free Download
There are no known issues with older versions of Ares Galaxy and they should work fine. But of course it is possible that something may have gone wrong or the program has been corrupted somehow (even though this is extremely unlikely).
Before you decide that there is no way of solving your issues without moving or upgrading to a different connection, try getting a fresh copy of our free Ares download from this website and try it again.
If all of the above doesn’t work, and you’re still experiencing connection troubles, the Ares Protocol may be blocked entirely. Changing to a different Internet Service Provider may help, but this is obviously a very radical solution.
Finally, check if you are able to download torrents via Ares Galaxy. Even if you can’t connect to the separate Ares network, you may still be able to use torrents to take care of your file sharing needs.