BitTorrent driving me insane..

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  1. ohcrap macrumors 6502a

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    BitTorrent is driving me nuts. It will not work no matter what I do.

    The best download speed I can get (when it works, which is rare) is around 6kb/s.

    I've forwarded ports 6881-6889 to the IP of my Mac, then configured those ports with Tiger's firewall. No joy.

    It's driving me nuts, hearing about others getting 250kb/s downloads...

    I've tried BitTorrent (the official client) and Azureus. No difference in performance.

    Someone please help! :(
     
  2. rainman::|:| macrumors 603

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    What's your upload speed?

    If you're trying to get files that don't have a lot of seeds, your upload speed may be used to determine how fast you get files. The network likes high-uploaders.

    Have you tried shutting down the firewall temporarily, to see if that's where the problem lies?
     
  3. applemacdude macrumors 68040

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    I really depends on how many seeds the torrent has. The more guarentees a higher d/l rate but if you only have one seed then of course you wont get 256k or something like that (unless the seeder has a real good internet connection t1 or something)
     
  4. ohcrap thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I've tried disabling the firewall. I'm at work now, on a 1500/300k (approx.) DSL connection, no router here, still minimal activity on BitTorrent. :rolleyes:
     
  5. Lacero macrumors 604

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    Try using port 49152.

    Make sure you update all routers, firewalls, and Azureus prefs to reflect this new port number. Run Configuration Wizard in Azureus to check for NAT errors.
     
  6. ohcrap thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    140kb/s here at work, just kicked in, so I guess it must be a problem with the wireless router at home, it's firewall. I've opened it's ports 6881-6889, but it never made a difference. It is a Dell TrueMobile ??1150?? (not sure about the number part) 802.11b router.

    Help please! I don't want to limit my downloading to just at work! Thanks.
     
  7. ham_man macrumors 68020

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    I don't know how excited your employer will be about that...
     
  8. ohcrap thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I guess that's my problem, isn't it?

    Seeing as how I paid for the modem, I pay for the service, and I handle all of the computer maintenance, I don't think it'll be a problem... ;)
     
  9. Cfly macrumors regular

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    i get about 200kbs max on my 3mbps cable, but i am upgrading to 5mpbs/800 next week :D
     
  10. ham_man macrumors 68020

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    Ahh...I figured that you were an enterprising employee hopping onto a nice T3...:D
     
  11. ohcrap thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ha! I wish... :D
     
  12. ohcrap thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well, I'm home now, and back to 3-7kb/s download speeds... :rolleyes:

    I should note that at work I was dealing with 30 or 40 seeds and 75+ (at times) peers. Neither number exceeds 5 or 6 at home..

    I'll post screenshots shortly of my configuration settings.
     
  13. ohcrap thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hope these are of some help... :confused:
     

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  14. toneloco2881 macrumors 6502

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    Try only forwarding the ports to your machine (192.168.2.2...?) From the screenshots it looks as if your forwarding the same ports to 4 different machines on your local lan? If you need more than one machine to access bittorrent I would forward a series or ports(i.e 6881-6885, 6886-6889, etc..) For myself I have 3 machines that need access, and I forward ports 6881-6999, in sequence dispersed amongst them. Hope this helps some.
     
  15. Lacero macrumors 604

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    Well, here are my settings, and I'm running perfectly fine in Azureus.

    You might also want to set your upload speed to 80% full capacity in Azureus and lower the number of active connections to other peers.
     

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  16. DarkNetworks macrumors 68000

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    Can someone please help me here...i'm having the same problem here...i need help to configure my Mac and my router...Dlink..anyone knows how?
     
  17. Peterkro macrumors 68020

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    Read this page for port forwarding and the rest of the FAQ's for other info even if your not using Azureus the principles are the same.

    http://azureus.aelitis.com/wiki/index.php/Port_forwarding
     
  18. ohcrap thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I understand how to forward the ports and everything, and it's all done right as far as I can tell from what everyone is telling me needs to be done.

    As far as forwarding to 4 different machines, the IP of my Mac changes often as we restart the router every couple of days, but for the sake of consistency, I reserved the IP 192.168.2.69 to my Mac so that will never change now. Then, I went into the port forwarding page and set just that IP to allow access to 6881-6889. I don't get it, that port works fine at work where there's no router, but at home, I'm forwarding these ports so why isn't it working??

    Lacero, I will try port 49152. :)
     
  19. ohcrap thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Port 49152 didn't do anything for me. In fact, it stopped 2 downloads that were going at a steady, whopping 4kb/s, lol. That's to be expected but they've yet to start moving again.

    This just doesn't make any sense to me, I've got to be doing something wrong..
     
  20. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    Make sure you or anyone else on your home network is not saturating your upstream speed. If you're pumping up data at the full speed your connection can support, that often cuts BitTorrent speeds to nearly nil. So make sure you limit BitTorrent's global upload speed to 80% of your full, and make sure no one else on your home network is eating this speed.

    Make sure the port 6881 is forwarded to your machine (6881 - 6889 isn't necessary anymore).

    That's all I've done, and I regularly get anywhere from 50 to 80KB/s on well-seeded torrents (limit of my connection's downstream speed).
     
  21. mpw Guest

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    Go with it, sanity's over-rated.
     
  22. ohcrap thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, I'm really the only bandwidth hog in the household. I'll try forwarding just port 6881, not that it should make any difference, but I'm willing to try it anyways. :D

    Thanks for the input. :)
     
  23. mxdemian macrumors newbie

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    try running the configuration test under Azereus. Test port 6881. If you did something wrong, then it will say NAT error. If so, then try using another port.
     
  24. rickvanr macrumors 68040

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    Don't have a limit on upload speed. Example, last night I started to get a few bigger files, all downloading very slow, as I had my BT client limit upload speed to 30k/sec. Then I bumped it to 50k/sec on a few specified torrents, and now they are download 4-5 times faster then they were before. A lot of the time its just patience waiting for them to connect to more seeds and peers, and always remember good things will happen to those who share in return- nobody likes a leech.
     

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