5 Ways To Improve Bittorrenting Speeds
By Paul Liu
Saturday, November 21st, 2015
Bittorrenting is a fantastic technology which enables downloading and sharing of content and media files at fantastic speeds. However, since it facilitates online piracy and consumes a lot of bandwidth, it is often subjected to restrictions by the ISPs. If you are tired of speed throttling and lack of sufficient downloading speeds via torrenting, follow the steps given below:
1) Change Trackers – The overall downloading speed for a torrent depends a lot on the number of peers available for the file. The more the number of available seeders for the file which you wish to download, the faster you would be able to download it. That’s why it is important to look for files which have high number of seeders. If your favorite torrenting site doesn’t offer files with enough seeders, you can join private trackers. However, you must also bear in mind that private trackers come with their own set of restrictions as far as peer exchanging is concerned.
2) Adjust Speeds – In order to achieve best downloading speeds via bittorrenting, it is also necessary to experiment with downloading speeds. Some ISPs only throttle speeds when you cross a particular threshold limit so lowering the speed limit from unlimited (referred to as 0 kb/s in uTorrent) to a fixed number could solve your speed problems. You must also tinker with maximum number of global connections, maximum number of simultaneous jobs and number of peers for a torrent values to get optimum results. Finally, it is also important to lower uploading speed so that it doesn’t consume the entire bandwidth. (These settings are available under Options -> Preferences -> Bandwidth in uTorrent)
3) Change Ports – By default, bittorrenting technology uses a port between 6881-6999. However, this also makes it easy for the ISPs to block P2P traffic. You can bypass such restrictions by configuring a specific port for your torrenting sessions. If you choose to do this, you must also disable randomize port at start option (These settings are available under Options -> Preferences -> Connection in uTorrent).
4) UPnP port mapping – Enabling this option allows you to bypass the restrictions set by your firewall and improve connection times with the peers. As a matter of fact, you can experiment with enabling UPnP port mapping, NAT-PMP port mapping and DHT network to achieve the best possible speeds for your downloading activities (These settings are available under Options -> Preferences -> Connection and Options -> Preferences -> BitTorrent in uTorrent). However, bear in mind that if you join a private tracker then you won’t be allow to enable DHT since it allows people to bypass the rules set by the tracker.
5) Use a VPN – While most bittorrenting clients support basic encryption, it is advisable to subscribe to a P2P friendly VPN service if you are serious about getting the best downloading speeds and protecting your identity from copyright holders. Since VPNs encrypt traffic with sophisticated algorithms, your ISP won’t be able to distinguish your torrenting sessions from normal internet traffic thus allowing you to download content at ultra-fast speeds. If you’re interested, check out our article where we reviewed the best VPN services for bittorrenting.