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Topic # 227407 5-Jan-2018 22:58
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The only difference I notice with the fibre X speedwise is I can upload backups to the internet faster.


Downloading torrents still do so at the same rates. When I first got cable about 8 years or so ago, on a 15meg download rate I used to be able to download torrents at a maximum of around 1.5- 2megs.


I figured Vodafone caps torrents. Now that I am on fibre x with download of up to 100megs, they don't download any faster.





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  Reply # 1931094 5-Jan-2018 23:21
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Torrents are a funny thing - it often depends upon the uploaders. 


Your torrent application will only connect to a set maximum number of peers, and of those, it will only request a certain number of pieces of the file at a time. 


Now if those pieces are coming from users with say 512k ADSL uplinks, and it will only download from a maximum of 50 people at a time, your only going to get 3.2MB a second. If one or two of those users have a higher upload speed then yes you can get some faster speeds but its usually not much. TCP windowing also comes into effect - its harder to ramp up due to the number of individual connections being opened and closed rapidly, they never really get a chance to ramp up before completing the piece transfer. 


So I too have noticed it - on testing with a 500mbit dedicated international pipe, and gig national, I still only see about 3-5MB a second download speed. 


I personally consider anything over 1MByte a second to be quite acceptable with torrents. 

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  Reply # 1931096 5-Jan-2018 23:27
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OK Thanks, logical


I notice in the bandwidth settings of the torrent programme the number of connections can be changed.


I've doubled those and will experiment. In days gone by, I did used to do that but it never made any real difference.


I guess I will have to live with the limitations.






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  Reply # 1931105 6-Jan-2018 00:51
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Are you using utorrent? most torrent software needs a tweak for more connections or bandwidth etc.


some have a built in speed test or defaults to set for best performance based on your up down mbits


example if using Utorrent, use Control-G to use the internal setup optimizer



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