How can I stop Bittorrent munching up all my Bandwidth?

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  1. hob macrumors 68020

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    I'm running Bittorrent on my G5, which is connected to a 1mbps cable broadband thingy, kindly provided by NTL.

    But it causes some strange side-effects.

    It doesn't matter how much bandwidth is says it's using (it could be 4kbps or 80...) my general web-browsing just crawls to slower than 56k speeds. Is this my ISP punishing me for using potentially illegal software? Are there any little things I can do to limit the bandwidth I give to BT?

    Thanks

    Hob
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    I'm guessing your upload speed (usually pretty small on DSL) is being maxed out. It'll significantly slow your general browsing.
     
  3. JFreak macrumors 68040

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    simple. just stop using it :)
     
  4. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Depends what client you're using - is it just the basic BT client, or a more powerful, advanced client like Azureus? Regardless, there are settings in each to limit your upload speeds, which, if left untouched, will cause your upload speeds to be pinned, thus having a negative effect on your overall connection. Just limit your upload rate (save about 5-10 kbps for yourself, that will be more than plenty) and you should be fine. :cool:
     
  5. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    You reckon? For normal web browsing I usually use up about 10-20kbps. Maybe I just refresh too many tabs at once or something... :(
     
  6. DarkNetworks macrumors 68000

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    I wish my Bittorrent would take more of my bandwith...i'm having the opposite as u...
     
  7. hob thread starter macrumors 68020

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    No this is the strangeness of my problem...

    Upload speed could be 7k, downloading at 4 or 5... and I'd still have trouble browsing... It's almost like it allocates itself most of the bandwidth.... Even though it's not using it...?

    I'm using the regular client, none of this funky Azereus stuff... Although I might give it a go again!
     
  8. hob thread starter macrumors 68020

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    :eek: but then how would I get videos of people using OS X on their PC's?! :eek:
     
  9. Platform macrumors 68030

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    I have the exact same problem.......there is simply no bandwith left even with 0 up and down :eek: :eek:
     
  10. Platform macrumors 68030

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    Agree........BT does not have to be against the law....saw the video too :p
     
  11. hob thread starter macrumors 68020

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    OK, I trashed the official BT client - turns out it gobbles up the CPU as well... I've gone back to Bits on Wheels now which didn't support Tiger immediately, so I stopped using it. It's as good as I remembered except I forgot about it :(

    I suggest everyone else does the same!
     
  12. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    It seems to do the trick for me, but hey, whatever works for you!
     
  13. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Yeah, forgot to mention that in my initial post - don't use BT. ;) As you say, it is a huge resource hog, and other clients like Azureus and Bit Comet appear to be much better from my experience. Plus they are more powerful apps to begin with. :cool:
     
  14. no0neelse macrumors newbie

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    what video?
     
  15. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    As hob mentioned, videos of people using OS X on their PCs. :cool:
     
  16. Lacero macrumors 604

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    You might also restrict the number of active connections kept alive. More connections to peers means you are wasting bandwidth just for "handshaking". Limit to 4-8 peers and limit your upload bandwidth to 70-80% of capacity.
     
  17. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Good suggestion, that will help as well.
     
  18. crachoar macrumors 6502a

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    The official BT client is trash. Use Azureus and learn how to limit / manage your bandwidth.
     

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