Slow torrent speed

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  1. foxf8, Jun 30, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2013

    foxf8 macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2013
    i have slow torrent speed!!! iv seen this before on on other threads but no ones given a true answer. its always check your ports and this and that. iv done that. i get 30mb download on a speedtest. but it still only downloads around 10kb or less then well shoot up to 400-500kb then go back down to 10kb after a sec then stays there. now the funny thing is ill bootcamp my way to windows and torrent the same file and be over 2mb download and it well stay there with same port settings everything the same as i can get it. is it some setting in mountain lion that is messing things up? or is it just mac os that doesn't like torrents?

    btw i have a 2013 15inch mbpr with 16gb of ram everything else is base model so i know its not hardware issue its something to do with mac os. also tested this with firewall turned off in mac os still 10kb or less download on multiple torrent clients. if anyone can shed some light to this or give a solid answer it would be much appreciated.
  2. Xcallibur macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2011
    Having used Transmission in the past I've seen download speeds of over 800KBps so its definitely possible to reach higher speeds using OS X. Have you tried other torrent downloaders? Maybe its a coincidence that your booting into Windows at a different time therefore downloading off different peers?
  3. CaptHenryMorgan macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2013
    The District
    Depends on who's seeding. I regularly get 5MB/sec...yes, that's MB.
  4. foxf8 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 30, 2013
    iv switched between mac os and windows with in mins the seeding and such is the same Xcallibur. tho i just downloaded another bit torrent client and this one on same file is now doing 600-800kb which is way better but not where it should be around 2mb-3mb a sec this client im using as we speak is called vuze. i started out on bit torrent, utorrent, transmission all with same file all doing 10kb. now vuze its up to around 700kb with in mins of switching between them all while the others just sit at 10kb for mins vuze shot up to 700kb and stays there. this is doable but should be higher just a weird phenomenon thats going on.
  5. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    It is torrents. You connect to random ip's in a swarm. On some trackers it depends how much you uploaded to how much you get seeded back or what priority you get from a specific client. Torrent speed is pretty random and can change a lot. Just comparing one torrent doesn't mean anything.
    Maybe you OSX client just connected to slower seeds or has not uploaded as much as the Windows client.

    Torrent speed is always luck unless it is a really really active torrent with a high seed ratio.
  6. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    There's no one "true answer". You need to find your specific bottleneck and address it. It could be ports. It could be that your upload isn't sufficiently restricted (remember communication is bidirectional and if you're not sending acknowledgements fast enough because you're uploading so much it can impact your download speed). It could just be that the seeders are slow. It could be some other reason. There's no one-size-fits-all answer. Dig deeper and find what the problem is instead of assuming that there's a quick fix out there.

    Nope. It has nothing to do with what the OS "likes" or "dislikes".

    That does not mean it's MacOS. It could be the configuration of your torrent client. You haven't ruled out enough to blame the OS itself.

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