Sancho

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  1. Again, less is more. You waste more bandwidth on protocol overhead the more peer connections and torrents you run at a time. Given my performance doesn't seem to be suffering, I'll just have to play around with the settings to see what happens. Interesting discussion.
  2. Hmmm, I wasn't even thinking about download speeds. I was thinking more about upload speeds and maximizing my upstream bandwidth, at least what I allow uTorrent to consume. I'm torrenting almost exclusively from Dime-a-Dozen and occasionally Trader's Den. I'm more interested in maximizing my uploads in order to build up my ratios, esp. right now, as my ISP has suspended bandwidth usage monitoring, and that immediately after jacking up my speeds to 50/10 Mbps. Looking at my Upload bandwidth utilization, I seem to be serving loads of peers, no speed problems, and it certainly isn't hurting my ratios I don't keep every torrent I complete seeding. I'll let them run for a couple weeks or longer, and once leechers fade away and my ratio on a given torrent is well above my total ratio, I'll stop it. Some things I do keep seeding, esp. when I'm the only seeder, or one of 2 or 3, but only for oddball things like a Paul Bowles torrent, or something where my ratio isn't great. And I could upload at better than the 850 KBps I'm currently using. I didn't even think to tweak uTorrent to take advantage of my ISP's gift until a few weeks ago. But 850 KBps increased my Dime ratio rather quickly. At the moment I only have 20 completed torrents seeding (or willing to seed), two downloads, and six active torrents. I rarely see more than 10 active torrents, so I suppose I could drop the total active torrents number to 15, as recommended in this thread. As for download speeds, I have mine set to unlimited. It's rarely max'd, and I'll lower it selectively, if I need bandwidth to stream sports or a movie. I never bothered to change the Queue setting for max active downloads. I just dropped it to 5, since that's usually the max I'm downloading at once, and that's rare. I also dropped Max Active to 15. I freely admit I'm learning as I go.
  3. Yeah, I figured where the '1600' came from. That's down to 1400 with my current settings. I've been running those settings for a couple weeks now, 24/7 save for a reboot or three, and have never experienced a problem. I'm hard pressed to see why I should reduce the Max. number of Active Torrents (I assume that's the number you think should be reduced). Are you saying that the numbers posted by Switeck at the beginning of this thread are wrong? Given the conservative line from which I borrowed, his "number" is 1050. According to Small Net Builder, my router can handle 4096 Maximum Simultaneous Connections. Does that factor into your thinking?
  4. Bandwidth prefs "Maximum upload rate" limited to 500 kB/s. [EDIT: changed to 850 KBps] "Apply rate limit to uTP connections" - CHECKED "Global maximum number of connections" = 300 [EDIT: changed to 350] "Maximum number of connected peers per torrent" = 80 [EDIT: changed to 70] "Number of upload slots per torrent" = 12 "Use additional upload slots if upload speed < 90%" - CHECKED Queueing prefs "Maximum number of active torrents (upload or download)" = 20 "Maximum number of active downloads" = 10 They look horrendous. Trying to open 1600 connections at once with a global limit of 300 kind of doesn't work (read: will cause major problems) I'm confused. Looking at the first post, I see: CONNECTION TYPE¦ UPLOAD ¦CONNECTIONS¦MAX ACTIVE -----------------¦-----------¦-----------¦------------ (UPLOAD MAXIMUM¦Limit¦Slots¦ Torr¦ MAX ¦Torr¦Down. -----------------¦-----------¦-----------¦------------ 5 mbit/sec ¦ 500¦ 10¦ 70¦ 400¦ 15¦ 10 My Upload rate is set to 850 KBps (6.640625 Mbps), and that gives me plenty of headroom, as my line speed tests at 10+ Mbps (1.25 MBps) UP. Based on that, and what I allow uTorrent for uploads, I used the first post for my settings, making them a little more conservative. What can I do to "fix" it? Is this setting too high at 70? "Connections Torr = Maximum number of Connected peers per Torrent" Should "Connections MAX = Global Maximum number of Connections" be set higher? I don't think I've misinterpreted the first post, but please let me know if I did, where and in what way. FWIW, I haven't had any problems with uTorrent, that PC, or my LAN in general. My upload speed is currently 850 KBps; i.e., fully utilized. My download speed is at 800 KBps, but that's limited to the seeders. Earlier it was 3+ MBps, with uploads chugging along. Thanks.
  5. Hi, all. Great thread. Just want to double check my settings. Speed test shows I'm getting 35 Mbps down/8 Mbps up (crappy NIC; should be getting 50+/10+). I'm running 3.1.3 (build 27327) [32-bit] on WinXP Pro. Bandwidth prefs "Maximum upload rate" limited to 500 kB/s. "Apply rate limit to uTP connections" - CHECKED "Global maximum number of connections" = 300 "Maximum number of connected peers per torrent" = 80 "Number of upload slots per torrent" = 12 "Use additional upload slots if upload speed < 90%" - CHECKED Queueing prefs "Maximum number of active torrents (upload or download)" = 20 "Maximum number of active downloads" = 10 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Do those look good, or should some be tweaked? NB: I had to downgrade to 3.1.3, as I was having serious upload problems with 3.2.x Thanks a lot! Sancho