ok, so i opened up port 53000. i don't have a router, but i think my isp was blocking it because when i tested it on azureus i got nat error. so i went into 192.168.1.1 and opened it up. now i get ok. i also added azureus and java to the exceptions list on the windows firewall. so now i get a green smiley instead of the previous yellow, and speeds have increased a little bit. but i'm still only downloading at about 10 kb/s. i have dsl, and should be downloading at at least like 30kb/s. is there anything else i can do? edit: also, what's the difference between checked and unchecked items in the windows firewall exceptions list?