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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Optimizing Bittorrent Clients for Speed

This is a Great Article on Setting up your Bittorrent Client Software. I have been using Bittorrent on and of for, oh at least 8 years and have read some tutorials and figured it all out before. But, I don't use Torrent sites allot. So, I forget the details and it can get a little complicated doing it manually. With the recent shift of Open Source and Linux Distros to using Bittorrent to help with the Load on their Free Linux Distro Downloads. I am using Bittorrent more these days. So, this article was a welcome site today. I am using Transmission Bittorrent Client now in my Fedora 14 System. Which is noticeably faster than most of the others I have tried. I use to use Azureus (Azureus - now called Vuze and it runs on Linux, Windows and Mac) allot, which he mentions later on in the article. It has allot of ways to change your settings and I believe there are some tutorials built into Azureus to help you set it up for your Network Situation and Internet Speeds. But I know from experience... It you mess around with the settings in a Bittorrent Client without knowing what you are doing. You can actually slow down your Download Speeds and even worse Slow Down your Over all Web Surfing by allowing too much of your Upload Bandwidth to be used by the Bittorrent Software. So, even though Transmission has been working quite well for me in Downloading Torrents very quickly. I get between 18 and 26mbps Download Speeds with my ISP. I recently had to Step down a Notch on my Internet Speed, due to Price Increases with Charter. I use to have 2mbps of Upload Speed and now I have only 1mbps. I still have the same Download Speeds, but without Adequate Upload Speeds. Your Big Download Speed number means little and your Downlaoding will Suffer allot!:O Right now, the Subscribed 18mbps Download and 1mbps Upload Speed is Adequate for the 5 Computers that may be running in my house at any given time. One of them being an always on Web Server for my Web Site, But, I would like to be able to Seed the Linux ISO files I have downloaded for a while after Downloading them, so as to Contribute to the Open Source Linux Cause. But, I can't afford to use allot of my Uploading Bandwidth either. That's why I'm Tweaking around with my Bittorrent Speeds, which are already Downloading very well. I've done my changes, so now I will have to see if my Torrent Downloads are still working well and if my Over All Web Surfing Speed has Suffered any... All the while, I'm thinking... If it Aint Broke, Don't Fix it!;)


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Optimizing Bittorrent Clients for Speed

Speed Optimizing Guides for Specific Bittorrent Clients

This article was originally designed to help achieve the best download speeds in the four freeware bittorrent clients suggested as Top Picks in my Best Free Bittorrent Client review here at Gizmo's Tech Support Alert.  If you have one of the bittorrent softwares listed below, then you should use that guide as it is more detailed and contains screen shots.  The picks have changed slightly and there are now five guides:

If you use another bittorrent program, then this general guide will help.   These steps are basic to any bittorrent client.


All bittorrent programs need to have their incoming and outgoing communications flow freely in order to achieve the highest download speeds and that is what this guide is about.

This guide was put together using information given by the developers of bittorrent programs at their forums, guides and FAQs.  There are no secret tricks, just the real basics of proper set up of a bittorrent program.  Following these simple steps should result in increased download speed.

These are the basic principles of optimizing a bittorrent client for speed: 

  • Choose a proper port to avoid ISP blocks and conflicts with other programs
  • Forward that port through any software firewall and router to allow incoming connections
  • Adjust internal settings based upon upload capacity of the internet connection to allow room for outgoing communications and to distribute upload efficiently.

There are some programs that claim to optimize speed in bittorrent clients.Such programs are a scam and generally contain adware or spyware. I have seen it said, by the developers of all bittorrent programs, that nothing will increase your download speed in a bittorrent client more than the basic steps set forth herein.

Choosing A Proper Port


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