Torrent dl speeds horrible on mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Freddy1765, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. Freddy1765, Oct 26, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2011

    Freddy1765 macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2011
    I've been using a MBP for a few weeks now, and recently it occurred to me how slowly torrents are downloaded in applications like Transmission or µtorrent - isn't there any way to improve these speeds?
    In Windows I'd download at ~1,5 MB/s while playing online games / skyping / browsing in Chrome.
    In OS X I'm getting 100 KB/s and Safari almost times out loading just one tab.

    I'd hate having to turn on my desktop to download stuff.. so inconvenient, and its noisy as ****, though I guess it may come to that.

    I've already messed with port forwarding and similar stuff, and even though speeds have increased they're significantly lower than what I'm used to. Obviously I've tried multiple torrents, its not just traffic on a single download that's causing this. Any suggestions?
  2. jason221 macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2009
    Limit upload maybe? Whenever I used to torrent on my Mac, I'd always max out my download speed. I was using private trackers, though, so I don't know how well the torrents you're downloading are being seeded.
  3. ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin, TX
  4. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Transmission works perfectly for me on multiple sites.
  5. iMacdude313 macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2008
  6. bmcgonag macrumors 65816


    Mar 20, 2007
    It's definitely about how you set things up on Transmission. You can get great speeds. I get 1.5 MB/s. I usually set my download rate a bit lower when I'm in the house, but it doesn't keep me from streaming video while I'm downloading at th 1.5 level.

    You need to setup your allowed number of peers and connections right, or it will lag like nobody's business though. Too many tends to kill my internet connection completely.

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