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I'm new to Torrents and am presently downloading one file (1.52 GB). The Connection light is green and everything seems ok. However I'd like to know more about what settings I should be using to get good/optimum performance (currently all settings are defaults) so I need a more experienced user to inform me since there doesn't appears to be a Mac uTorrent guide or FAQ yet and trying to follow one of the many for Windows users is unhelpful.

I'm on a 256/64 ADSL1 plan with a 3 GB per month download quota. Once I go over the 3 GB my download speed is throttled to 64 kB/s (believe me it doesn't take long to use up 3 GB). I used Speedtest.net to determine my current throttled average download/upload speed which is:

Average Download Speed: 26 kB/s

Average Upload Speed: 5 kB/s

Based on the above results what are the optimum settings I should be using to ensure good downloading performance while also having enough bandwidth for web surfing?


Download limits: Limit download rate to: ? kB/s

Upload limits: Limit upload rate manually to: ? kB/s

Limit seeding rate to: ? kB/s

Seeding: Stop seeding at up/down ratio: ?


Connections: Global limit: ?

Per torrent limit: ?

Peers: Enable Distributed Hash Table network - do I need this?

Enable Peer Exchange for public torrents - do I need this?

Queues: Active transfers limit: ?

Active downloads limit ?

Outgoing Encryption: Do I need this and if yes does it slow performance?


Incoming TCP port: Presently set to 32248 (default). Is this a good port to use or should I change it and to what?

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