anakin66

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  1. "I am with Vigin Media and for the last couple of weeks whenever I log on to Utorrent (1.7.7) and download my broadband connection disconnects and then reconnects every 5 or so minutes. This does not happen when I exit Utorrent, so I assume it's my ISP doing this. Does anyone have an idea as to how to block this or adjust the setting to disguise that Utorrent is running?" said AndyK. But how often are you downloading large amounts when you are not using Utorrent? Maybe the problem has nothing to do with Utorrent, but rather your connection is damaged in some way, or a download cap has been reached. You would be better off contacting your Internet service provider, and asking what is going on. Otherwise you may spend a lot of time searching for the answer to the wrong problem. Up to you.
  2. That's actually an impressive download speed. You have to remember that torrent files are not the same as directly downloading from a single source, which provides very high speeds. Torrents are shared files among many users, and for some reason, upload speeds are always very much slower than download speeds. So the more people uploading, or "seeding" a file, hopefully the faster you can download it. That is why most places suggest continuing to seed a file until your seed ratio (availability is what utorrent calls it) is at least 1.0 or higher. That means that you have "shared" as much or more if you surpass 1.0 availability, as you have downloaded. That is how torrents grow. If you download and then stop seeding at say 30 % or 0.300 in utorrent terms, that means you downloaded the entire file but only shared 30 % of it with others. That reduces the availabilty of torrents, and slows down the rate at which people can download, eventually reducing the number of seeds to zero and the torrent can no longer be downloaded. You say it takes as long as 25 minutes to download a 700 MB file (I assume you meant Mega Bytes, not Mega bits). It has taken me days depending on the site and how long I'm logged on. You've got nothing to complain about. In fact, I'd like to know your upload speed, Internet Provider, and just what sites you are downloading from to achieve speeds like that. A good download speed for me is only around 20 kB/sec, that's a rarity, and uploads are much slower. Right now I've got two files downloading, one at 1.5 kB/sec, and one at 2.5 kB/sec. Only one or two sites that I know of support speeds like you are talking about. Sorry to be so wordy.
  3. Enabling Protocol Encryption has helped me some with upload speed. Download speed depends entirely upon the site I'm getting the torrent from. For instance, cartoon-world.org is lightning fast by comparison to isohunt.com. You should have your system randomly generate the port each time you start utorrent. Also, if you've been downloading for a while, and things are slow, manually selecting the option to open a new random port couldn't hurt and may help. Don't hold me to any of this actually increasing your speed, but it might. It's what I do.
  4. I live in Beaverbank, near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. I use Eastlink high speed cable internet, advertised at 15 MBit/sec download, bundled with full-tier analogue cable at $96 per month. A stand-alone package is about $55 plus tax. They definitely throttle their BT connections, both download and upload. I just finished a 8.36 GB upload. I started on Dec 28, and finally got the availability past 1.999 last night (so technicall today, Jan 19. While I may briefly get spikes of 10 up to 26 kB/sec upload speeds, most of the time it ranged from 0.1 to 5 KB/sec. My upload allotment is set to 45 kB/sec, but I am usually lucky if I can get 26 kB/sec for all uploads currently running. Even if I stop all other torrents, and concentrate on only uploading one, I still get the same upload speed on whichever torrent I choose. In other words, if I'm uploading at 5 kB/sec and stop all other torrents, I continue uploading at 5 kB/sec and the other 40 kB/sec that are allocated for uploading just go unused. How, I ask you, can this be considered a 15 Mbit connection, when the majority of file sharing or downloading is done by torrents these days, except for operating system updates? I don't think I can even email more than 5, or 10 megabytes to someone, so how else can you transfer files? The whole torrent throttling thing, as well as that idiotic 10 half open connection limit in TCPIP.SYS instroduced in Windows XP Service Pack 2 should be illegal. Advertising a 15 MB connection, but not if you use torrents, should be blatantly considered false advertising, and at the whopping price of either $55 stand-alone or $96 bundled with regular cable, it is outright thievery. I have noticed that some sites seem to have agreements with eastlink so that nthey are not throttled. For instance, despite nearing 40, I enjoy anime, and torrents from cartoon world download at speeds that can near $400 kB/sec for new torrents, quicker than going to megadownload and trying to download. So it isn't that Eastlink, Nova Scotia has to throttle, it's just that they choose to torrent throttle anyone who they don't reach an agreement with. If I may make a suggestion, while you may think that one voice can't make a difference, one voice among thousands can. If your Internet Provider practices this hateful practice of torrent throttling, email them and tell them how unfair and unrealistic it is given the way files are typically downloaded these days, especially if they grant exceptions to certain sites as Eastlink does, and warn them that you are just waiting for the right incentive to switch providers. You may think it is pointless, but if enough people complain via email and even regular mail, they will eventually get the message when they realize why they are losing customers and why they have two thousand complaints on their hands. I sent in my emailed complaint to Eastlink a day or two ago, and got the obligatory "your input is valuable to us, we will pass it along" reply. As I said, I am one voice. But add hundreds or thousands, and tell them in writing why you are switching to Aliant or Rogers, or whoever, and they will start getting the message. You can complain to the tech support guy on the phone all you want, but unless you commit your complaint to writing, even emailed writing, no one else will ever hear it. Give it a try. Trust me, it feels good. What have you got to lose besides the time it takes to write the email. Just don't waste your time with obscenities, be calm and rational, and you may be surprised some day. After all, if you use torrent, like 90% of the computer using population, and you can choose between a company that practices torrent throttling, and one that doesn't, I know which one you are going to choose, and if they get enough complaints, so will your own internet provider! Sorry to drone on so long, but some things need to be said. Torrent programs are legal. Trying to stop people from using them shouldn't be. That's my opinion. What's your's?