Bittorrent Problems!

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by chucknorris, Aug 21, 2005.

  1. chucknorris macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2005
    Moscow, ID (No Kremlin here!)
    I have just settled in to my dorm room at the University of Idaho, and plugged into the campus network via ethernet. I have been amazed at the general speed, especially with downloads, but greatly disappointed at the performance of torrent downloads using tomato torrent.

    I've used this client before with great success on much slower connections, so am a little puzzled. What are some possible causes?

    Has anyone experienced this before?
  2. Lacero macrumors 604


    Jan 20, 2005
    You may want to change your TCP/UDP ports for BitTorrent traffic. Most likely your school intentionally block or slow down certain ports associated with BT.
  3. iQuit macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2005
  4. Mechcozmo macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    Your school doesn't want to waste bandwidth with BT so they limit the bandwidth that BT can use.

    It is very expensive for a university to maintain an extremely high speed internet connection and BitTorrent can destroy their bandwidth, as in, suck it all up. They're just trying to not have to pay for an even faster connection which will end up soaked with BT stuff...

    Just be glad they don't block BT altogether.
  5. chucknorris thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2005
    Moscow, ID (No Kremlin here!)
    How do you do this?
  6. aznsal612 macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2004
    You usually get a NAT error because of the network firewalling the general ports that are usually allowed. If you airport express that sucker, it's easy to set the ports open. But w/o it, I'm not cool enough to do it, although it's only supposed to be marginally difficult.

    And yes, Tomato Torrent has too many failed hash checks. It's cute but doesn't execute Java well. The best choice for Mac is the RAM hogging Azureus.
  7. shadowmoses macrumors 68000


    Mar 6, 2005
    You will normally find that collages do not want people torrenting so they block the ports via a firewall not allowing you to download torrents.....

    This will not affect normal download speeds hence why you are having trouble downloading...

    Maybe you could try and make the torrent application (use azereus) use a port that hasnt been blocked...

  8. hob macrumors 68020


    Oct 4, 2003
    London, UK
    Had the same problem when I started uni last year. The *nix geek just did something called tunneling which meant i could bypass the firewall. Don't ask how, just find your *nix geek and get him to help :p

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