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October 4, 2011 2:34:18 PM

Hi. When im using my torrent client bittorrent or now ive switched to utorrent i sometime have very slow internet. also when im using downloading using a torrent client even if im only downloading at only 20 kbps and not even using my total upload speed my router light is blinking very fast and i still have slow internet. I should note that on a website i go to and on my gmail notifier i get the error message " connection was reset".

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October 4, 2011 7:54:58 PM

kenbb1983 said:
Hi. When im using my torrent client bittorrent or now ive switched to utorrent i sometime have very slow internet. also when im using downloading using a torrent client even if im only downloading at only 20 kbps and not even using my total upload speed my router light is blinking very fast and i still have slow internet. I should note that on a website i go to and on my gmail notifier i get the error message " connection was reset".


This could be many things based on the given information.

I assume this problem exists ONLY when you are using your torrent client.

Can you please confirm that you are uploading data via your bittorrent client? If you are, this could be your problem (if you dont limit it). On my old internet service, anytime I got above 5-10+ Kbps upload speed, my internet would slow to a crawl. Even though my service was technically 10 megabit down AND up, the older cable infrastructures were not designed for two-way communication (aka uploading and downloading simultaneously).

If you are uploading, and you do have a lower-end bandwidth service, try limiting your overall upload bandwidth to 1-5 Kbps.
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October 4, 2011 8:17:02 PM

i tried that and it did speed up my internet. will that slow down my download speeds though? i always thought torrents worked on a give some get some basis.
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October 4, 2011 11:24:38 PM

Nope, you can restrict your uploads and they will have no effect on download speed at all.
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October 5, 2011 2:36:14 AM

Thank you for the replies. Im still getting slow internet loading times and my router light is still blinking as fast as it can while downloading at between 50 and 150kbps and uploading at no more than 5 kbps. Also ive noticed lately that my download speeds in my torrent client arent as fast as they should be or theyre going up and down. A torrent im downloading was just at 500+kbps and now its at 0kbps with 17 seeds and 17 peers connected. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Ive fixed this before but i forgot how. I just reinstalled xp and I had most of these problems when i installed xp before. Thank you.
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October 5, 2011 2:39:00 AM

I should note that my internet download speed is 30mbps and and my upload is 1.50 mbps.
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October 5, 2011 5:04:48 AM

Torrent speeds can fluctuate depending on the speed that the seeders are uploading at.
It may have 17 seeds, but all 17 of them may have maxed out their upload speeds with other connections.

Downloads from a website/FTP are generally more stable than torrent files, as they don't rely on seeders.
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October 5, 2011 4:04:18 PM

arael said:
Torrent speeds can fluctuate depending on the speed that the seeders are uploading at.
It may have 17 seeds, but all 17 of them may have maxed out their upload speeds with other connections.

Downloads from a website/FTP are generally more stable than torrent files, as they don't rely on seeders.



Precisely
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October 6, 2011 2:06:01 PM

i called my isp and she told me to reset the modem then reset the router and then to restart my pc. that seems to have worked. I downloaded a 1080p bluray in about 4 or 5 hours which isnt bad. my internet runs perfectly even when im downloading at high speeds. I think i might not have been reseting my rtouter correctly in the first place because when i reset it after i talked to my isp all my router setting were set to default, even my ssid. Thank you for all your replies.:) 
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October 6, 2011 2:08:18 PM

Best answer selected by kenbb1983.
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October 6, 2011 3:11:16 PM

Another thing that might be causing it is the fact you are on XP which has a very low limit on concurrent connection by Default --- Here is an article that discusses it and gives some methods to increase the limit.
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October 14, 2011 3:23:39 AM

This is a problem i have to fix every time i do a clean install of xp. I thought it was port forwarding that saved me last time. The solution in your post doesnt have a link to "method 1" and method 2 is not for my tcpip.sys according to the author.
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October 14, 2011 3:29:46 AM

I meant to add, I've installed Vista just as many times as xp and I dont have this problem in vista.
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January 19, 2013 10:47:41 PM

I would check what kind of router you are using. If you have a cheap belkin router like mine, disable the router's firewall. It filters a lot of incoming connections while utorrent is just sitting there. Even with no real upload/download activity (read: less than 5kbps upload/10kbps download while randomly talking to the tracker) the router just cant seem to handle that many concurrent connections.

It may be a ram issue in the router as well with it trying to deal with so many connections & still trying to filter SYN floods and the like.

Try it out. I Disabled the built-in firewall and turn off any deep packet inspection options and everything was fixed for me.

Good luck.
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January 20, 2013 2:54:38 AM

Thank you for the reply. Currently all my computers have working torrent programs but I will check those settings to prevent it from happening in the future.:)  This topic can be closed.
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May 11, 2014 12:04:56 AM

I have one Teracom ADSL 4 port Router modem. How to disable router's firewall in it? plz help
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May 13, 2014 1:28:25 AM

chhoton said:
I have one Teracom ADSL 4 port Router modem. How to disable router's firewall in it? plz help


You need to login into the router's web gui to do that. Open a web browser and go to it's ip address (192.168.1.1 usually).
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