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Sync problem, what shall I do?

Probably overworked man sitting in front of a laptop

This can be really annoying, especially if sync worked and you left your machine to do it’s job – plot but when you check later you realize you are not in sync. Besides checking the amount of XCH farmed making sure you are in sync is probably one of the reasons why people is watching the chia console.

You are not alone, it happened to me as well

1) After I shutdown the machine (adding more disks) or due to upgrading chia when I connected to my wallet I was out of sync for hours. Did not get a definite answer as to why it happens.

2) Was in sync, so closed the console and was happily waiting to get some XCH award but suddenly when I looked at the console I realized I was out of sync. Now what is even more frustrating is when you look at the “Last Attempted Proof” time and you realize you have been out of sync for several hours – meaning the chances of winning some XCH is 0…

So here is what to do

  • Make sure you check if there is a newer version of chia out there. I do not suggest you go and download the latest version straight away, this thing moves really fast so there might be more or different kind of problems introduced in the latest version that causes more trouble than the current one you are dealing with. Good advice, always check the release notes!

If you decided to update but you are still having problems, you need to dig deeper to check your network settings. If you are using NAT (if you have more than one devices at home with internet access, then you are), it can be difficult for peers outside of your network to reach you when they start up.

  1. Enable UPnP on your router
    It’s somewhat vendor specific where the config setting is but usually it’s in WAN setting under advanced. Here is a snippet from an Asus router:

As you can see it’s disabled for me. As to WHY? Let me explain:

Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) is something that all of us have probably come across even without noticing it. Often paired with another widely used acronym IoT (internet of things). UPnP was designed simply to make communication between devices simpler and more convenient. UPnP helps to automate the process of device discovery and connectivity. As always there is a flip side of the coin. What if those fancy IoT devices runs outdated FW and due to UPnP they can be reached by somebody outside… Hopefully you get it.

2. Ok, so leaving UPnP disabled, what’s next?
Setup virtual server/port forward your router so the outside world can access your machine:

Where the Internal IP address is your machines’ IP address(es). Protocol should be TCP only but I selected BOTH – meaning UDP/TCP.

3. Other thing to look at is, whether you have any Firewall installed on the guest operating system – mostly Windows specific – make sure that nothing is blocked when it comes to chia.

4. Any alternatives?
Yes, although I would not suggest to stay on this track for long. You can manually set some peers to connect to. For me after a sudden it stopped working. You open the GUI, goto: Full Node and under in the Connection section click on “Connect to other peers” and then add the following servers, one-by-one (all cases port is 8444):

Updated – this is from chia support: and are the official nodes.

Hope that helps you get in/back to sync, let me know if you have any questions.