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GUIDE: Max Out Download Speed Using Utorrent

Discussion in 'Windows - P2P software' started by DVDBack23, Apr 25, 2006.

  1. DVDBack23

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    I have written this quick but extensive guide to help all fellow members who are having troubles downloading torrents or using Utorrent in general.

    1) First read the very basic guides on Afterdawn on what torrents are in general

    2) Next visit http://www.speakeasy.net/speedtest/ pick the city closest to yours and get your max upload speed. Now with that same number, (for eg. 300 kb/s) divide first by 8 (eg. 300/8 = 37.5) then take that number you just got and multiply it by .8 (eg. 37.5*.8 = 30) (If you are good with percentages, then just take 10%. ;) The final number you get is your Global Max Upload, which can be set in the Preferences section of Utorrent.

    Note: If you do not live in the US, visit here and pick the city closest to you, http://www.dslreports.com/speedtest?more=1

    3) Download Utorrent 1.6 here: http://www.utorrent.com/download.php

    4)Install and then run Utorrent.

    5) Under Preferences, select a random listening port. Check this site for vulnerabilities first however, http://www.commodon.com/threat/threat-ports.htm

    6) Run this test and follow all the steps it tells you to GREATLY improve your cable/dsl connection.
    http://www.broadbandreports.com/tweaks
    Under advertised speed, use the max speed you got after taking the speed test.

    7)If you are behind a firewall such as McAfee, please allow full access to the internet for Utorrent. If Using Windows Firewall, then you must do the following: Open Windows Firewall through the Control Panel. Go to the Exceptions tab and press Add Port. Then add the port # you selected in step 5.

    If you are behind a router, please visit http://www.portforward.com and then select your router, and then Utorrent or torrent. Follow every step to forward your ports and allow greater access to better speeds for your torrents.

    9) If possible, register with private trackers such as http://torrentleech.org or http://scenetorrents.org . If these are full, keep trying as they ban people on the regular leaving open spots.
    If not, use decent public trackers such as http://mininova.org , http://thepiratebay.org , http://isohunt.com or ONE of my favorite, http://torrentspy.com

    10) Download the torrent of your choice that has the most Seeds but least amount of leechers. Keep in mind, torrents with for eg. 8 seeds will download slower than a torrent with 100+ seeds.

    11) When downloading large files (500+ MB) it takes up to 30 minutes to get up to full speed, so dont worry if you start off slow. Also do NOT download more than one torrent at a time.

    12) Under preferences in Utorrent, go to Torrents and set "global max number of connections" to 450 and "max number of connected peers per torrent" to 200 (as to not crash your router).

    13) While still in preferences, go to Network and set Protocol Encryption to ENABLED. http://img299.imageshack.us/img299/4324/setts7qc.png

    Well ive tried to keep this small guide short and sweet, and I hope it helps the many out there who still have problems with torrent downloading

    PS. In case anyone is not sure that this works, i have a 10000kb (1.4 MB) connection, forwarded through a Netgear Router, registered with a private tracker and i get normally 500-1300 KB/s download speed.

    Enjoy!

    EDIT: Heres a couple of easter eggs for you guys ;)
    * Clicking the ĀµTorrent logo in the About subsection of Help will play a synthesized sound
    * Pressing the T-button on the keyboard when viewing the About subsection of Help will start a game of Tetris (thanks Ronin)

    Copyright Andre Yoskowitz (DVDBack23) 2006
     
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  2. ~RoNin~

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    Great Guide. I was thinking of switching from Azureus to Utorrent as I heard uTorrent uses much less Memory than Azureus... I'll be using this guide shortly.. Thanks!
     
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    stickied. enjoy :)
     
  4. Schwaber

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    Got a question.. Wouldn't it be too corrupted if u set the global max upload speed to 450? Having said this, can u still browse from the internet duing the process of downloading without any problems? Like getting a slower connection while browsing..

    Thanks
     
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    I browse the internet, burn DVD's, print covers all while uTorrent is running. It depends a lot on your system. Mine is a P4 dual 3.2 GHz w/1 GB RAM.
     
  6. DVDBack23

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    Schwaber,

    Unless you have a 100 mbit connection (which i doubt) why would you make upload speed 450?? My max is at 78 with a 10 mbit connection...
     
  7. Schwaber

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    Well, prior to your tips, you said to set the global max connection to 450. I have a 400 Mbps connection.

    Oh yeah, uhmm, have u guys heard pentium D? its the new one, I guess. Well one of the employee of Best Buy once said. My computer is like that and its HP. Its not even a year-old. But I couldn't get constant speed for downloading and I got ultra light(next to highspeed). Well, I usually get 120Kbp/s speed when am downloading 100-300MB. But if its 500-800MB, my speeds are 25KBp/s. Wonder why?? I already did all the tips at the top of the page.

    I had a friend who's average speed is 250Kbp/s. Its funny that he didn't do anything and still get that kind of speed. Unlike mine, who already did almost everything.

    Can anyone explain why this thing is happening? lol, kinda tough to answer, but I would really appreciate if someone can.

    Thanks again!
     
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  8. DVDBack23

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    If you had that kind of connection, youd be able to download a full movie in under a minute...please post your real speeds ;)
     
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    Heres a pic for step 13 ;)

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  10. Schwaber

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    Seriously, Am not lying. That's why am so piss that I only have a 120Kbp/s speed average when downloading a 275MB file. Plus, my computer is new. Really dont know the problem... =/
     
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    DVDBack23,

    Any recommendation on what max global connection I should set mine? By the way, how would I join a private tracker? I couldn't find the registration page..

    Thanks
     
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  14. The_Fiend

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    Private trackers work with invites.
    Let's say you would want to join, for example, Demonoid, and
    you have a friend who's a member.
    You ask your friend to invite you in, so he sends you an invite (or sometimes an invite code which you type in @ the registration screen).
    You sign up, and you're done.

    [bold]Be aware that you are NOT allowed to ask for/offer or trade invites for torrent sites here on Afterdawn, so don't even bother.[/bold]
     
  15. Schwaber

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    Thanks for that info.

    I need to know though some answers for my other questions.

    Thank you very much.
     
  16. DVDBack23

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    Schwaber,
    Can you see if you find another speed test that will clearly give a max download ans upload speed? If you are on a LAN, are you perhaps at school?
     
  17. Nephilim

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    Schwaber,

    For large jpegs please post a link to them as opposed to posting the image. The large ones mess up the borders of the thread and make it hard for those on dial up. Thanks :)
     
  18. Schwaber

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    Schwaber,

    For large jpegs please post a link to them as opposed to posting the image. The large ones mess up the borders of the thread and make it hard for those on dial up. Thanks :)
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    Sorry! My fault.. Anyway, I usually use the speakeasy speedtest. However, the closest city that I could find is New York. Do u know anything that I can test my speed in Toronto? And I tried different sites where u can test your download speed and am getting different results.. In Cnet I have 567.7kbps and in speakeasy: 919kbps

    Which one is right?
     
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    Nothing to be sorry for Schwaber. Have fun :)
     
  20. Schwaber

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    Okie Dokie.. I need an answer though.. lol
     

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