Monthly Archives: May 2016

How to make speed up your torrent downloads

There is an issue with the PS3 and their sluggish download speeds while my 360 never had this issue.

This made me totally neglect the console in favor of my 360. A few weeks ago, I decided to give my PS3 a chance because I was tired of having to pay to play online. It’s been a real struggle with downloading system updates and taking advantage of the “free” games as a newly instated Playstation Plus member. Sluggish is an understatement when referring to my download experience, it’s just pathetic. I started download Counter Strike (2278 MB) around 2200hrs last night and I reached 50% of the download today at 1400hrs. Even downloading Renegade Ops was a test of patience that I managed to barely pass. I was close to losing all hope of finding a solution until I found a thread with a written tutorial.

After following the steps and connecting my PS3 to a proxy server, I decided to give it another try and download Counter Strike. I was skeptical, but my download speed has sped up substantially. I’m at 20% and I’ve only been downloading for 10 minutes. It may not be the fastest download around, but it’s better than waiting 23 hours to download less than 3 gigs. I just wanted to give you guys a heads up and save you some time.

The guide to download large files faster

How many times have you started to pray thinking your dial up connection might go-down when the download is 99% complete? Then, here’s a bit complicated and-effective method that just might reduce your downloading without headaches

Let’s say you’re connect to the Internet using a 28.8K modem and that your Internet service provider lets you telnet to their server. Of course, your provider’s server can download files much faster, so the idea here is to download the file to their server at high speed, split it, and retrieve parts at the highest speed you can to your provider’s server. Generally speaking, this method not only is a faster way to download files, but it is also a more reliable method since you’ll be downloading many smaller files rather than one large file.

First, find out the FTP address of the large (larger than 16M for example) file that you want to download. For example:

ftp://ftp.x.com/bigfile.zip

Telnet to your Internet service provider’s server.

telnet x.com

From within the telnet session, download your file to your provider’s server. Following is a “screen shout” of a sample file transfer on an UNIX compatible server. Blue/bold text represents your input.

ftp
ftp> open ftp.x.com
Connected to ftp.x.com.
220 ftp x.cpm FTP Service (Version 2.0).
User (ftp.x.com:(none)): anonymous
331 Anonymous access allowed, send identity as
Password: my_address@x.com
ftp> binary
200 Type set to I.
ftp> get bigfile.zip
200 PORT command successful.
150 Opening BINARY mode data connection for bigfile.zip
226 Transfer complete.
ftp> quit
221 Thank you for using x.com!

Once the file is download to the server, the next step is to divide the file into smaller pieces so that you will not waste too much time downloading should your Internet dial-up connection go down.

split -b 2000b bigfile.zip

You’re almost there! Now simply log off from your telnet session and start downloading (from your provider’s server to your computer) smaller files (not the bigfile.zip) which the above split command (on most UNIX compatible machines) created.

Once you have all the files, simply merge them and you got a good copy of the original bigfile.zip. If you’re using DOS or Windows, you can merge files using the following command (assuming that bigfile.zip (16000 byte file) was divided into 8 2000 byte files named xaa to xah):

copy /b xaa xab xac xad xae xaf xag xah bigfile.zip

Don’t forget to log back into your Internet service provider’s computers and delete temporary files (bigfile.zip and xaa..xah) once you’ve made sure that your downloaded copy is in good condition. Doesn’t sound like the above steps could make your downloads faster or more reliable? Well, in most cases it does; specially if the file you’re downloading is rather large. The reason why this method could possibly be faster is because you can download files from your provider’s computer to your computer faster than from most remote sites. Of course, the reason for reliability is that downloading many smaller files makes it possible to resume a download without wasting as much time as resuming a larger file download would.

 

Do you feel fast download but slow for uploud speeds

If you found that your download speed is great, but your upload speed is abysmal, here the great possible solution for you.

I struggled with this issue for a while and decided to write down my findings in a blog post in case I, or anyone else, runs into this in the future.

In fact, this is the second such blog post I’m writing: a couple years ago, I hit the the inverse issue and documented the solution in a blog post calledGot slow download but fast upload speeds over wireless? Here’s a fix. That post has had several hundred thousand views and helped many people (check out the comments—I even got a marriage proposal), so I’m hoping this post will be useful too!

Here’s your tldr: upgrade your router’s firmware.

Symptoms

I noticed that on all my devices – a Macbook Pro, iPhone, Windows desktop – webpages were sometimes taking a long time to load; it was a bit intermittent, but everything from google maps to gmail suddenly got very sluggish. I have one of their higher tier Internet plans from Comcast, so this was pretty disappointing.

 

At 57 Mb/s, the download speed was great; however, the upload speed was a mere 0.17 Mb/s, which is pretty much unusable. In fact, I had to re-run the test several times, as occasionally, the upload portion of the test would get stuck and never complete.

The solution

I tried rebooting the router, the cable modem, tweaking a bunch of settings, but nothing helped. I also checked with Comcast to ensure there were no issues our outages in my area, and of course, everything was fine.

Finally, I stumbled upon the solution: a firmware upgrade. My router, a Cisco/Linksys E1200, was using firmware version 2.0.02. I went over toLinksys’ support page, found my router, and saw that a newer version, 2.0.06, was available.

I figured it was worth a shot, downloaded the 2.0.06 firmware, and installed it through my router’s admin UI. The instructions for upgrading the firmware will not be the same for all routers, but here’s roughly what you need to do:

  1. Go to [http://192.168.1.1](http://192.168.1.1/) and login to your router. If you’ve never done this, look for instructions that came with your router or do a google search to find the default username and password.
  2. Click on “administration”.
  3. Click on “firmware upgrade”.
  4. You should see a page like this:
  5. Click “Choose File” and select the firmware file you downloaded.
  6. Click “Start Upgrade”. DO NOT unplug your router or click anything else in the meantime; let the upgrade complete!
  7. Wait a minute or so for your router to reboot.

The results

After the router restarted, I re-ran my speed test, and the results were much nicer:

The download speed is still a zippy 57 Mb/s, but now the upload speed is fast too, at 11 Mb/s, or nearly 70x faster than what it was before. Woohoo!

I hope you found the post helpful. If your router has a different firmware upgrade process, leave a comment with the steps you followed so others can find it. Happy web browsing!

Know the key steps for fast you Steam downloads

This is how managed to get Steam download boost along about 3x faster.

I love Steam> I didn’t always, because earlier versions were regularly cranky at least with me but in the last three years I’ve grown enormously fond of it.

First, because it allows me to register games whose discs are very nearly scratched to bits the undersides look like an angry cat went to town on them. Second, because of Steam Workshop>If you’ve played any of the Elder Scrolls games (I’ve played Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim) you’ll know how much of a difference mods can make to the experience.

My only point of frustration hasn’t actually been with Steam in the recent past it’s with my aggravating internet connection. I don’t game online, so I don’t have a LAN connection to my desktop. When I was using discs to install my games, it didn’t matter much, because I could let things patch in the background and the patches were never gigantic enough to be a problem.

Now, though, with my increasing tendency to make online purchases because my games cabinet is stuffed to bursting>I needed to find a way to make Steam downloads faster. After some poking around online, here’s what I found.

Step 1

Why does this matter? Well, regions of the map are clickable. So, you can click on different regions to look at server loads and see which servers have fewer users. Like so:

Vietnam, as the screenshot shows, has a 7.2 Mbps download rate and just 0.2% of the global Steam traffic. At the time of this writing, Russia had 11.4 Mbps and 9.3% of the traffic; the US had 16.6 Mbps and 20.1% of the traffic … the list goes on.

Step 2

Look through the regions and decide which server you want to connect to and download from-Your rule of thumb is moderate to high download speeds, with the lowest possible traffic percentage.

When I figured this out last night, the Czech Republic server had very little traffic (less than 1%) and decent download speeds.

Now, go back to Steam.

Step 3

a. In Steam, click View from the menu at the top

b. From the drop down menu, click Settings.

You should see the Settings screen pop up.

c. On the Settings screen, click Downloads.

You should see this:

What we’re interested in is the Download Region section of the screen. Click the drop down arrow and take a look at the menu.

d. Remember that, in Step 2, we looked at the different regions and their server loads? Pick the one with the best speed and least load from the menu.

e. Click OK, at the bottom of the screen.

Steam will prompt you to restart for the changes to take effect and, once you’re back up and running, you should see a difference.

The results?

My download speed before I did this was peaking at about 200 Kbps. Speedtest-net told me that I have a 4.57 Mbps peak download capacity, so 200 Kbps was beyond ridiculous (just so you know, my router’s part of the problem, but I knew Steam could give me more).

After this, I went from about 200 Kbps to a peak of 639.7 Kbps (if you look at the background of some of the screenshots, you’ll see the numbers) and an estimated 7 day download was very nearly done when I left home for work.

I don’t know if you’ll see results this dramatic (a 3x speed boost is kinda nuts) but I do hope it gets you gaming faster. If it does or doesn’t work, do let me know in the comments,> there might be more tips and tweaks out there that make help make this faster still.

Credits

There’s this wonderful article by Rizwan Anwer that went up 3 years ago which helped me do the stuff up – Given that the Steam options have changed over the years, I decided to update the images and the instructions, so that it’s just as usable now.

If you have a problem with the instructions, drop a line in the comments. I’ll poke around Steam to see if this needs updating.