Since torrent files revolve around peer-to-peer, stable download speed on any torrent client can only be achieved if there is a balance between leeching and seeding. It often becomes very frustrating to download torrent files due to perceived download speed. To make matters worse, sometimes, you can only get a particular file via torrent. In this post, I will give you tips for making your torrent downloader faster. The torrent client that I shall be using for my post is uTorrent. However, the steps apply to other torrent downloaders regardless of the operating system they run.
Also, from my vast experience and research on torrent clients, I have discovered that they all offer the same slow default speed if you don’t tweak them. We chose uTorrent as our guide because it is the number one and the most popular torrent client.
Apart from this, I particularly love this client because of its friendly user interface, simplicity, and susceptibility to tweaks. You can tweak uTorrent to become faster, and your download speed will multiply.
This tweak works on both uTorrent 1.8 and 3.xxxx. But you might as well try it on other torrent downloaders. It might work
Tips to Making Your Torrent Downloader Faster: A case study is uTorrent Client
First off, all you need to do is understand how torrent works. Torrent is a decentralized, peer-to-peer connection, meaning no single server serves you the files.
The number of devices that are seeding the torrent is called seeders. Similarly, the number of seeders and the number of peers(those who are downloading at a point in time) play a very important role here.
If there are many seeders and the peer number is very low, you will enjoy high download speed by default. In like fashion, if the seeder is lower than the peers, the torrent download will be slower.
Steps to Make Your Torrent Downloader Seed/Download Faster
- You inevitably have a very fast internet connection. Otherwise, no trick or tweak will help you increase your speed.
- Secondly, Download the latest version of uTorrent here
- Now, let’s digress a bit. You should also use a VPN and Select a USA, Germany, Netherlands, or Swiss IP address. Merely doing this enables you to bypass your ISP speed throttling where applicable.
- Another good recommendation is for you to use an online torrent downloader . These clients have their own servers and can download faster than you. We have a lot of them. Just follow the link above.
- Now, back to how to speed up your torrent client
- Install the correct client you have just downloaded. The name doesn’t matter. I use folx on Mac since it is more of a multiple-purpose downloader on a Mac than uTorrent.
- Now, take your time to select the best torrent, the one with the largest number of seeds, which will usually be one of the newest files. As a rule of thumb, the number of seeders must be higher for the fastest speed than the number of leechers (peers). See the image below:
- Now, open your torrent client goto options/preferences and apply the following settings:
- If you are using Windows and this option is available on your client, navigate to Options> Preferences> Connections, check the Add Windows Firewall exception box, and click Apply.
- Optimize your torrent settings under the general settings tab. Things to look out for include Append .!ud to incomplete files and Pre-allocate all files. Usually, the third option is already checked, but if not, check that too. See below:
- Under Connections: Change Random port values from 27854 to 45682
- Under Bandwidth changes Maximum Upload Rate from 0 to between 30 to 70. Leave the maximum, then change the global maximum number of connections from 200 to between 150 to 170
- The maximum number of connected peers changed from 50 to 100
- Leave the number of upload slots per torrent as 4
- Now, under BitTorrent tab, change protocol Encryption (outgoing) from Disabled to Enable
- Under Queuing, change the following values: 8 to 60, 5 to 63, 150 to 0. Then leave others as default
- Furthermore, y go to Advanced and change the following: bt.allow_same_ip change from false to true
- Scroll down to bit.connect_speed and change from 7 to 128 (use the set value option below the window)
- Scroll down further to dht. rate and change from -1 to 2
- Also, change gui.show_nontorrents_nodes from true to false
- Now change “net.max_halfopen from 100 to 128
- change rss.update_interval from 15 to 20.
- Finally, ensure you pick the best port for torrenting. The BitTorrent protocol depends on the TCP protocol for transferring data over the internet. The recommended and possibly the best TCP port for torrenting is between 6881-6889. So, if you’re still wondering how to make torrent downloads faster, you can try configuring the same on your computer.