Issues with WiFi/torrents

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by ralph123, Aug 2, 2014.

  1. ralph123 macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2014
    Hi to all,
    I have an i7 late 2012 Mac Mini, I'm really happy with it, but since last week it has had some problems with the wifi network (some interruptions) and I can't download any torrents.
    It stays always in 1kb/s downloads, I don't have a good wifi, but it reaches 150kbps normally, also when I try to download something from MEGA (I didn't tried any other servers) it starts well but when the download has reached 15/20 % it stops and doesn't work anymore. Other programs that need internet connection work well.
    I want to know if this is an issue of my Mac Mini or my network, thanks and sorry for my English ;)
  2. barkmonster macrumors 68020


    Dec 3, 2001
    It sounds like your ISP throttling BT traffic but you could always try a different BT downloader to see if it's a software issue.
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    Also, IF a wired connection (Ethernet) is possible, try that instead of wireless.
  4. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Always put stationary Ethernet devices on wired connections. It's worth the effort.

    It does appear to be your ISP throttling torrent traffic though.
  5. ralph123 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2014
    It seems like my ISP is blocking almost any download I do, I'm gonna try later the glasnost test to verify it. Thanks to all :)
  6. ralph123 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2014
    Hi again, I've made the test and my ISP apparently doesn't block the P2P, also downloading some torrents with other devices in the same WiFi they reach normal speed. So I think it's a problem of my Mac Mini, I don't think it's a virus because I don't have any pirated software or usually download strange things. What can be the issue? help me!! Thanks :):apple:
  7. Frign macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2011
    Do you by chance have a USB3-device (hard drive, microphone, coffee heater,...) attached to your Mac mini?
  8. ralph123 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2014
    No, I don't have any USB 3.0 device attached, only the printer, and the problem didn't resolve rebooting the router... It affects torrents and direct downloads (from normal sites like Mediafire, Dropbox..., they stay always on 15kbps), I also rebooted the Mac many times and its the same. If anybody has any info, it will be welcome. :)
  9. dimme macrumors 65816

    Feb 14, 2007
    SF, CA
    Just curious is there a USB 3 issue that could effect download speeds?
  10. Crosscreek, Aug 4, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2014

    Crosscreek macrumors 68030


    Nov 19, 2013
    I download torrents on my 2012 Mini on wifi without a problem using Transmission.
    I found the regular BitTorrent app didn't work that well with the Mac.
    You can get Transmission free from:
  11. ralph123 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2014
    I tried Transmission before and it also didn't work. 5 minutes ago I started a torrent to try again and suddenly, all worked well, I don't know what happened but by the moment all is normal and running at full speed. Thanks to all :D:cool:
  12. Frign macrumors member

    Aug 19, 2011
    The Mac mini is not properly shielded

    Yes, but this is a hardware issue.

    The problem is that USB3-cable-frequencies interfere with 2.4GHz Wifi if the antenna and/or usb3-ports haven't been shielded well enough.
    In case of the 2012 Mac mini, the engineers messed it up and it's a known issue that using USB3-peripherals causes these problems.

    One solution is to switch to 5GHz Wifi or use Thunderbolt or Firewire 800 devices.

    I myself noticed it while running Linux after I had bought a new USB 3 external hard drive case. After hours of debugging and accusing the case of being faulty, it actually turned out (after opening the Mac mini) that the hard drive was properly shielded, but the Mac mini wasn't.
    That's the reason why this is the last Mac I have bought. I used to love the Hardware's quality, but faulty design like this just isn't acceptable.

    If you encounter signal issues on your Mac, generally unplug any peripheral possible and check if the problem persists. This is a golden tip and it saved me hours of work in the past and especially in this case.
  13. LucasLand, Aug 7, 2014
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2014

    LucasLand macrumors 6502a


    Mar 6, 2002
    New England
    not only is your ISP throttling you, but they can see exactly what your doing. I hope you're using a VPN? if you're not try it only cost like $3 per month

    it can be kind of embarrassing when comcast has on your record that you've illegally downloaded Brazzers episodes of "teenslikeitbig"

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