BitTorrent secrets

Tony Arnold tony.arnold at
Sat Sep 30 16:55:40 UTC 2006

On Sat, 2006-09-30 at 17:40 +0200, Nomen Nescio wrote:
> > I'm using Dapper and am trying to get the hang of BitTorrent. I've tried
> > a number of clients and yet my download speed seems to stay around 15
> > kilobytes per second, yet my line speed is more like 200 kilobytes per
> > second (a 2 meg ADSL line).
> > 
> > I've set the port forwarding on my NAT router and opened appropriate
> > holes in Firestarter. I can see uploads going and incoming connections
> > on the BT ports (6881-6999). BitTornado reports is connecting to 20
> > peers for one file!
> A lot of the BT clients *don't* use the official ports by default.
> Try passing them options/configs to use 6881-6999.

Thanks, but as I reported in an earlier message, the problem is my ISP
who throttles BT traffic to about 20kB/s. I'm going to try setting up a
VPN connection to work and see if that overcomes their throttling.

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