If you’ve ever used Bit Torrent before, then you might have been annoyed by slow speeds. Slow Bit Torrent speeds can occur for any number of reasons, and may be a result of an overly protective firewall, ISP limitations, or even a virus. Today, we’re going to show you how to improve your Bit Torrent speeds in several different ways.
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You know how torrent websites put numbers beside all of their torrents? Often, those numbers are under columns that say ‘S’ or ‘L’, which means that they represent the number of seeders and leechers. The more seeders a torrent has, the faster your download will be. For that reason, if a torrent website offers multiple copies of the same file, then you want to choose the torrent that has the highest number of seeders.
By default, your Bit Torrent client will choose a port between 6881 and 6999. What is a port, you ask? It’s basically the door through which all internet traffic travels. Your router – and your firewall – uses these ports to filter out unwanted traffic.
Unfortunately, some ISPs, and even some firewalls, will automatically block ports between 6881 and 6999 (or severely restrict traffic through these ports). This could be slowing down your torrent downloads. To get around this, change your port in the Bit Torrent client itself. In uTorrent, for example, this port is randomized to choose between 6881 and 6999. Disable the ‘Randomize Port’ setting to set your own port beyond that range. You may want to change the port several times to find the one with the best possible speed.
There is no point downloading a massive 36GB folder full of files if you only want one or two things from it. Most Bit Torrent clients allow users to easily pick and choose the exact files that they want to download. This helps you save a lot of time and bandwidth.
Check your Internet Service Provider (ISP) packages to ensure that you’re getting the correct upload and download speeds that you were promised. This can be done on speed testing websites like SpeedTest.net, which will even display a report that tells you where your internet ranks compared to other people who use your ISP.
Remember when you choose a Bit Torrent port in step 4? It’s also important to add that port to your firewall or router settings for maximum optimization. Some BitTorrent clients (like uTorrent) even have an Add Windows Firewall Exception button under the Connection menu in Preferences.
Your router could also be blocking or restricting Bit Torrent traffic. To ensure that this isn’t the case with your computer, go to your router settings menu, which can be found by typing an IP address into your browser (check your router’s manual for this IP address, as every router brand users a different IP). Find the ‘Exceptions’ menu and add your new Bit Torrent port to that setting.