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Master Geek

# 77740 22-Feb-2011 00:14
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Finally got my new slingshot connection working today after 4 days of waiting for them to set it up properly. The top plan they offer (FS/FS). One of the first things i did was check the speed on, which i was extremely happy with, next i tried the speeds of torrents, which again i was extremely happy with. But now, a few hours later, my torrent speeds will not go above 150kb/s no matter what tracker (public and private) i use, or how many seeds i am connected to, this is extremely annoying.

I first experienced this at around 6pm, i thought it was just a temporary thing at the time, but my speeds have not gone past 150kb/s since then. Does slingshot throttle bittorrent? I ran the bittorrent throttle test by Glasnost twice and each time i got the same result,  The measurement data is too noisy to detect whether your ISP rate limits your download traffic. Re-running the test while ensuring that no other downloads or uploads are running in the background might fix this problem. I am not running anything else while i ran these tests.

And yes, i have made sure my torrrent client is not limiting the speed.

So once again, does slingshot throttle bittorrent?

EDIT: I was downloading at 1.2mb/s via torrent for just under 2 hours

Screenies and stuff:

4pm, Monday 22nd Feb


12 am Tuesday 23rd Feb


Crap torrent speeds

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  # 442182 22-Feb-2011 00:35
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did you read any of the forums here before you switched over? or before you posted?

i believe that they "prioritize traffic" ( i.e. throttle ) on all of their plans, and especially on the 'all you can eat' ones.

BTW: on some ISPs, people would be happy to get 150KB/sec on torrents...

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Master Geek

  # 442183 22-Feb-2011 00:38
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Would me ringing up and complaining accomplish anything? Or will i just get hung up on?

Also, is it throttled 24/7 and i was just experiencing freak speeds earlier, or is it just around peak times? e.g 5pm onwards


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  # 442190 22-Feb-2011 01:54
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i think you will find that it will run well outside of peak times - what you saw prior to 6pm may well be the same M-F pre-6pm

i doubt that complaining will get you anywhere given it written in their T&C's that they will prioritize traffic. doesnt mean you cant lodge a call about it though.

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  # 442198 22-Feb-2011 04:16
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To get the best speed from torrents I use Vuze with the Ono plugin with the Slingshot torrent cache in the white list. I find with works better with the Slingshot cache than uTorrent.

Yes, Slingshot prioritise a lot.

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Master Geek

  # 442501 22-Feb-2011 19:14
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What is the slingshot torrent cache ip address so i can add it?


Seems my speeds are fine tonight, running off private tracker.

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  # 442516 22-Feb-2011 19:40
Send private message in my ono whitelist seems to pick up the Slingshot cache.

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  # 442886 23-Feb-2011 19:58
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The slingshot cache is an incoming connection - it will try to connect to you when it sees you downloading a torrent it has been caching, and then tell your client it has 99% of the file on offer. You dont connect to it.

You dont need ono - though it might help a bit.

Also you shouldnt expect any more than 50kB/s at almost any time of the day on the ayce plan.

This is my usage today. You can see where the cache kicked in at the end of the day when the next (popular) torrent started up.

These are my results

Download Speed: 10051 kbps (1256.4 KB/sec transfer rate)
Upload Speed: 675 kbps (84.4 KB/sec transfer rate)
Latency: 15 ms
Jitter: 0 ms
Packet Loss: 0 %

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