Network Obstacle

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    • Whonix ™ is based on thousands of freely available software packages. You can learn more about the organizational structure here.
  • To establish anonymized external connections, Whonix ™ uses the Tor software.
    • Whonix ™ project is not the maintainer of the Tor software.
  • Creating a software using Tor, i.e. Whonix ™ does not make Whonix ™ an expert on the Tor software.
  • Some internet service providers (ISPs) in some countries block (censor, prevent) access to the public Tor network. This is sometimes called a network obstacle.
  • Using Bridges may or may not help to get around Tor being censored.

In conclusions, the Whonix ™ project is in most cases not the cause for connectivity issues nor the expert on resolving network obstacles.

For these reasons, the Whonix ™ Troubleshooting page recommends.

In case of connectivity issues: Check if Tor Browser [archive] works on the host.

If the Tor Browser Bundle is not functional on the host, then Whonix ™ is unlikely to work either. It is recommended to have a recent Tor Browser Bundle version installed at all times. This way users can test if they live in a censored area or not and whether Tor is blocked by the ISP. Further, if (private) (obfuscated) bridges are necessary for Tor Browser Bundle functionality on the host, then Whonix ™ will similarly require them.

Therefore, in case you're having connectivity issues with Whonix ™... Forget about Whonix ™ for a moment. First try to make the Tor Browser Bundle (TBB) functional on the host. In case of issues, you can contact the Tor community directly without any distractions about potential issues caused by Whonix ™.

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