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Default Phex Connection installers

Important note: Phex only has basic NAT port traversal and does not support UPnP. If after using the connection fix you still struggle to connect for more than 30 minutes, you will most likely need to port forward your modem/router. You can find your modem/router brand & model here (click link) and follow their instructions after setting up an internal static address on your local network; or internal static address for Linux.
To change the port on Phex: Options > Network > Listening Port.
Port forwarding is easy once you've done it once. If you need help doing it, just ask on the forums.

In my experience, Phex is one of the easiest connecting Gnutella network program clients unless Phex is firewalled where it becomes one of the hardest.

However, some people may have problems connecting to the network during first installation of Phex or if they have not used Phex in a very long time.

For this reason, I have supplied connection fix installers for both MacOSX, Linux and Windows users.
MacOS users should see MacOS security - Using legacy apps on Mac OS in regards to allowing MacOS to download from 3rd party websites and opening unsigned apps. This also applies to the Phex connection installer for MacOS.

The links for both Mac and Windows and Linux to the fresh connection fix installers is or via Sabercat . (Good idea to use Adblockers when using 3rd party file-hosting sites to download phex from! The advertisements are misleading and sometimes dangerous.)
And the connection file itself can be downloaded for users if they would prefer to manually place the file. If you are a Linux user, there is a configuration change you should make, but the Linux installer would do everything for you. Simply run the script inside the folder.
The installers have a settings file included but it will only be installed if one does not already exist.
(linux note: the i/0 error suppression uses bash v4 syntax which was released in 2009)

After using the connection installer view the Gnutella Net tab of your Phex. If Phex struggles to connect and struggles for over 2 minutes to find your address (at bottom of the connection window), then there is a reasonable chance you need to port forward your modem/router for Phex. Once I did, I jumped into ultrapeer mode almost every time I opened Phex.

* Alternative version to use is phex_3.4.2.163, an alpha-beta version released couple years later that has GWeb Cache support and some other minor improvements over phex_3.4.2.116. Phex_3.4.2.163 is universal and can run on Linux, MacOSX and Windows.

The longer you keep Phex open, the better search results will be and chances of faster re-connecting for future sessions.

Last edited by Lord of the Rings; December 7th, 2013 at 12:08 AM. Reason: Replaced HotFile link with MediaFire instead
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Default Francais language text support added to installers

Recently I added Francais auto-detection to both the Windows and MacOSX connection fix installers. It would be helpful to me if you could let me know if they do in fact show in Francais. The OSX version will be fine regardless of which Francais locale. But the Windows version I am not sure about, so any confirmation the Windows installer displays the Francais instruction text in the installer on a Francais Windows system would be appreciated.

Edit: added some other languages to both the Windows and OSX connectfix installers. Let me know if any problems with the translations.
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Please help, when i'm opening the installer i get this message (OSStatus error)
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Knowing your OSX version and computer type might have helped a little. The sample image shows an external device. I wonder if that is related.

Edit: I have become aware that OSX 10.8 is highly permission based. You will need to change your system settings to allow 3rd party programs to run. Sample image

Try running the connection program from a different location such as your Documents folder or your Desktop.
Are you logged in with Administrator abilities? If you are running the installer over a LAN network, it possibly might not be able to locate your user settings.

The script program should run on any MacOSX version. The only thing which might not work is the launch Phex at the end if either Phex is not installed (or possibly never been opened) or you are using I think its OSX 10.2 or earlier it might not work (should work on any OSX except for the launch Phex function.)

If the script program is not opening at all, then sounds like either a location permission error or a logged-in permissions error. Though I would not have thought admin permissions should be required to use this script program in general. Only other reason I can think of is some kind of security software blocking it. No reason it should not be able to be opened on any OSX version unless it is permissions related.

If all fails you can download the phex connection file itself and put it into its appropriate location which for MacOSX is:
Users/ your username /Library/Application Support/Phex

For OSX 10.8 you will either need to use terminal or set the settings to show hidden files and folders to be able to find your Library support files.

If you do install the connection file manually, then you can actually get both the connection file and the phex properties file from within the Phex Connection program package. ie: right-click / control-click the script program and choose Show Package Contents. Then open the Resources folder and move/copy both the phex.hosts and files and place into the Phex prefs folder within the App support section. Replace any that might already exist in the Phex prefs folder.
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hello again, i have just installed the given file, and yes ,i do have connection now thanks. at the moment it says 2 connections, i do not know how many connections is good, should i be getting any more than this?
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Leave Phex running for a while & see whether more connections appear - sometimes it can take a while before you have a good connection (though out of all of the p2p apps that I use, Phex is usually the quickest to connect).
Don't have other p2p apps running at the same time... just have Phex running by itself.

If you're new to Phex, maybe have a look at these (click on links):
Phex Optimization Tips

New to Phex? (A little Welcome-Guide)

How many conections you see depends on whether you're connecting as a leaf (L in the little red dot beside 'Connections' in the bottom left corner of your Phex screen) or ultrapeer (in that case, a U in the little red dot).
Maybe around 5 connections as a leaf & if you're an ultrapeer then you'll see heaps of connections.

Please post back if you're still having probs with getting a good connection

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