BitTorrent slowing down?

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by FreeWilly, Jan 11, 2005.

  1. FreeWilly

    FreeWilly OSNN Senior In Progress

    Hey dudes and dudets......

    I was just wondering if anyone else has this problem....
    I have been using BT for quite a while now and I have
    a 512k connection, so most of the new torrents
    downloads roughly about 52kBs or so.

    I havent changed anything..but for the past week,
    I only see the downloads bordering around 20 - 35kB
    max and also fluctuate a whole lot. This all
    are highly famous torrents (ex. some famous
    tv episode maybe) which have loads of seeds
    and leechers.

    Anyone else having problems? I have tried with
    BitTornado , Azureus and ABC but still the same.
    When i do FTP downloads, they still go to 52 kBs
    or so. So i know its not the torrent software or
    my DSL connection. Any idea whats causing it?
  2. fitz

    fitz Just Floating Along Staff Member Political User Folding Team

    in general, it's the nature of bittorrent that causes it to act this way. Sometimes it can be caused by not uploading enough that other peers choke your connection.. etc.. etc..
  3. Android412

    Android412 OSNN Addict

    Hamilton, ON
    Damn, mine have been the opposite, my speeds have sky rocketed. From averaging 100-300kbs, now I find it hard not to find one that gives me 500-600kbs, at least for a little while during the dl.
  4. LordOfLA

    LordOfLA Godlike!

    Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK
    I have the opposite problem. I'm finding it hard finding torrents that dont try and rape me at 1200kb/sec upload rate, have to freaking cap the things at 250kb/sec.

    so to all you out there that are raping me STOP FREAKING RAPING ME :D
  5. Moonwraith

    Moonwraith Moderator Folding Team

    500-600 kb/s download?

    I want your connection :suprised:
  6. tommy

    tommy OSNN Member

    Salisbury. England
    there has been a big movement in the force lately so that would possibly lower speeds for a while
  7. jpom

    jpom OSNN Addict

    It could depend on where you are as well. Apparently in B.C. (vancouver in particular) Shaw Cable has started using Ellacoya packet shaping switches. Because of the packet shaping technology they are able to single out BT and other P2P connections and leave the rest of your internet experience alone, therefore in theory you won't see any real change when say browsing the web, or downloading from a web page/ftp. They have of course denied this and I have no evidence and am not overly familiar with the tecnology except what I have read on some other forums/mailing lists etc. Just thought I would throw that out there as a possiblity, if Shaw has implemented such a technology then I could see other ISP's following suite soon.

  8. vern

    vern Dominus Political User Folding Team

    Minnesota, USA
    This can be caused by many factors. fitz has already mentioned a very likely cause. Other questions could also be ...

    1. Is your client up-to-date and does it support the most recent tracker features?
    2. Is your ISP throttling the BT ports? and if so ... have you taken steps to change your default ports?
    3. Are you uploading enough? And if you think you are, have you tweaked your choker options if you are able to?
    4. Are you uploading too much? You should cap your upload at 90% your total upstream. Anymore, and the ACKs are drowned out. Until UDP tracker protocols are popular and clients implement it, this will continue to be a problem. So far I think the XBT tracker and client both support UDP as well as Azureus, but thats about it. Even then, it would still be wise to cap your upload at some point.
    5. Have you waited a few days? This could just be temporary and your ISP could just be doing some work.
  9. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

    Fort Worth, TX
    My speeds have not changed up or down but my ISP is disconnecting me about once every hour if I'm on a torrent.

    I have always had to cap my upload speed or BT uses all my upload bandwidth. I don't mind 1:1 but when I'm doing 2 or more up for every 1 down and can't even surf I get pissed.
  10. muzikool

    muzikool Act your wage. Political User

    Your ISP throttling the BT port is one of the best possibilities. Have you tried changing your port number? Also, have you been using the same tracker lately, or different ones?
  11. FreeWilly

    FreeWilly OSNN Senior In Progress

    Im using BitTornado for 80% of the time......and to my
    knowledge when I go under preferences, i see option
    from 10000 - 60000 with Randomize option ticked.

    It should mean my ports are always randomized right
    or is it not? I hope so.. :p

    Thanks for the continued support on this topic. Oh BTW,
    Im actually in Australia.