k I got a solution try it.... open ares and go to control panel go to transfer and c the port number copy it then go to windows firewall and click on exceptions and then click add port then type in the name ares and select the port as TCP and paste that port number. do the same thing 2nd time but it shuld be udp. this should work
only version I could get to work on 8 is 188.8.131.5231
My isp controls the router so no port forwarding.
Start it, search something simple ex Elvis, click a few downloads and it should connect. btw it will find downloads while still connecting.