Torrents always dog-slow

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by ifjake, Sep 11, 2007.

  1. ifjake macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2004
    So I'm trying to download this Software for Starving Students CD which only comes in a torrent (as well as contemplating having to find some way to get "The Office" episodes I miss this next season). How come torrents are always so dog-slow?
  2. killmoms macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Well, could be any of a number of reasons, some of which are in your control, others which aren't.

    1) Do you have a port forwarded at your router to your computer? This makes you directly accessible to the 'Net for BitTorrent and allows you to connect to more peers.

    2) Do you have your max upload bandwidth in your torrent client set to at least 10 - 20KB/s less than your max upload possible? Sometimes if you're uploading at the max allowed by your connection, it will slow down your inbound, since you can't send ACKs to incoming packets in a timely fashion.

    3) Is the torrent well-seeded? This is out of your control, but if there's only one or two seeds and/or leechers, the torrent will likely be slow.
  3. antibact1 macrumors 6502

    Jun 1, 2006
    It is perhaps that your ISP is throttling torrent traffic. If you are using Azureus, you can try encrypting it. If it is being throttled, this should dramatically improve performance.

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