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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.

FIX YOUR SLOW DOWNLOAD SPEED

If you have issues downloading the game, normally in internet is very fast. so there was no reason for me to be downloading. If this sounds like you, keep reading.

Then I ran across a fix > a simple windows option that can be changed to allow battle.net a more free channel to send and receive data.

I went from above mentioned speeds to 2-3mb/s and had the game downloaded in about 20-30 minutes.

But before we get to that, let’s check some of these conditionals… (Found from browsing the forums for solutions.)

•Make sure you have disabled Hamachi by going to Device Manager and disabling Virtual Drives, or similar programs. (Might even have to uninstall)

•If you are downloading during a busy time of day, (3PM, 6PM,
-9PM,) a time when many people in your neighborhood will be
-using the internet, it’s possible the slow download is
-attributed to oversold ISP service in your area, try leaving
-it on at night when no one is using netflix nextdoor.

•Check to make sure you don’t have another game downloading
-through another game service, or your
-sister/brother/mom/dad/wife/husband isn’t using netflix at
-the same time.

•Try restarting your computer. This should flush your DNS and
-restart all Drivers to have your system running at optimal
-conditions.

The secret boost your Steam download

Here’s how to make the wait time a little less painful.

Steam defines itself as “the ultimate entertainment platform.” Its software, available for PC, Mac, and mobile devices, allows people to “play, connect, [and] create.” Its gaming library has more than 2,000 titles and it has approximately 40 million users. If you’re one of those 40 million, you know what a pain it can be to wait for a game to update or for a new one to download. it’s not the speediest process.

Two of the settings here can help increase your download speed. First, make sure the drop-down labeled “Approximate speed of your Internet connection” is properly set to, well, the approximate speed of your Internet connection.

Second, play around with the Download region drop-down settings. Your best bet is going to be the closest location to you, but factors like the internet connection between you and that location or volume of traffic to that server may tip the scale in the favor of a server further away.

Second, play around with the Download region drop-down settings. Your best bet is going to be the closest location to you, but factors like the internet connection between you and that location or volume of traffic to that server may tip the scale in the favor of a server further away.

The guide for Maximize upload and download speed

how much your Internet service provider lets you upload in a day, the speed of your computer, and other factors.

The time it takes to upload or download a large amount of data from OneDrive depends on your Internet connection speed, how close you are geographically to our servers.

Here are some tips for maximizing the transfer speed:

  • Use a wired instead of a wireless connection.
  • Avoid running other apps on your computer when you’re uploading or downloading a large amount of data.
  • Avoid using your Internet connection for other activities while you’re transferring a large amount of data. It might help to upload or download at night, when the connection is getting less use from other people in your area.
  • Before you begin transferring a large amount of data, make sure your computer isn’t set to go to sleep. If it goes to sleep, all uploading and downloading will stop.

To test your connection speed, search the web for “bandwidth test.” After you know your connection speed, search the web for “upload time calculator” or “download time calculator” to find out how long you can expect it to take to upload or download a specific amount of data.

Do you know how to check the computer can run a PC game

If you have a laptop with weak graphics hardware or an older PC, it’s important to check whether your computer can support a game before you spend your hard earned cash. so just stay here to know and check your computer.

Gamers don’t have to upgrade their hardware as often as they used to. Even a gaming PC built years ago should be able to handle the newest games just fine. Laptops not build for gaming and older PCs are a different matter.

Beware Intel Graphics

First, one big warning: If your computer uses onboard Intel graphics instead of dedicated NVIDIA or AMD graphics hardware, you’ll likely experience issues running newer, graphically demanding games.

Most laptops include Intel on-board graphics, which is cheaper and doesn’t use as much power. However, even the latest Intel graphics hardware is much slower than NVIDIA or AMD graphics. If you only have Intel graphics, you may not even be able to play the newest games on the lowest graphics settings.

Intel’s onboard graphics performance has improved with Intel’s new Haswell graphics, but it hasn’t improved nearly enough. All but the most extremely expensive Haswell chips offer only moderate improvements over the previous generation.

Check Your PC’s Specifications Manually

We’ll cover a more automatic method later on, but first we’ll look at the manual method. You’ll need to know the hardware in your computer — primarily its CPU speed, amount of RAM, and graphics card details. You can find this information in a variety of different ways, including looking up your laptop’s specifications online.

However, it would be easiest to use a system information tool for this. We recommend Speccy, made by the same company that makes the excellent CCleaner.

Here are the main three things you need to care about:

  • The CPU’s speed, in GHz. Click the CPU header in Speccy and you’ll be able to see the number of cores your CPU has, too.
  • The amount of RAM your computer has, in GB.
  • The model of your computer’s graphics card and the amount of RAM the graphics card has on-board. Also note whether you have NVIDIA or AMD graphics. If you see both Intel and NVIDIA or AMD, that’s fine — your computer has both and switches between the two to save power.

Next, look up the system requirements for the game you want to run. You’ll generally find this information on the game’s website or on the site for whatever store is selling it. It’s at the bottom of each game’s page on the Steam store, for example.

Compare the information shown in Speccy to the details below. Pay particular attention to the processor, memory, and video card requirements.

Once you can remember the basic hardware your computer contains, checking system requirements is as simple as glancing at them and comparing from memory.

Automatically Compare Your PC’s Specifications to a Game

Let’s be honest: this process is inconvenient. Computers should be able to do all of this for us.

To check system requirements automatically, use the Can You Run It? website. This website is endorsed by a variety of big companies, including AMD.

Before using this website, we recommend running the System Requirements Lab Detection desktop app. Install this app and it will scan your computer’s hardware before sending you back to the website, setting a special cookie that identifies your hardware. This way you won’t have to install any Java or any ActiveX applets.

After running the tool, just visit the website, select the game you want to run from the dropdown box, and click the Can You Run It button.

You’ll be informed how well the game will run on your current hardware. You can check as many games as you like in the future but if you clear your cookies, you’ll have to run the detection tool again.

But can it run Crysis? Well, that depends on your hardware with these tools, you’ll be able to figure out the answer!

How to fast download videos from internet

MP4 Downloader is simple and light but features many attractive and useful functions.

  • Download your favorite videos from hundreds of video sharing sites.
  • Increase your download speeds by up to 500% or even more.
  • Download 4K, 2K, HD 1080p, HD 720p, and HQ videos from internet.
  • Support drag-and-drop, just drag and drop video link to the program window from Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, or any other web browser to start download.
  • Integrate with Internet Explorer and Firefox. Add download commands to the context menu of your browser, so you can download any video with just one click.
  • Convert downloaded videos to MP4, WMV, MOV, AVI, 3GP, MPEG, DVD, or any other format, so you can store and play them on your PC, iPhone, iPad, iPod, PSP, Android phone, Android tablet, Windows Phone, or any other mobile device.
  • Extract audio tracks from downloaded videos and save them as mp3, wav, wma, ac3, ringtone, or any other popular audio format for any device.
  • Ready-made presets for all output formats.
  • Ability to custom output video/audio format settings.

Find The Secret to Optimize The BitTorrent Download Speed

BitTorrent can be fun as long as you get decent speeds. Do you not satisfied with your current speeds? These suggestions might help to optimize your download more pleasure

1. HACK THE MAX HALF-OPEN TCP CONNECTIONS

If you’re on XP sp2, your TCP connections are limited to a maximum of 10. This mighthurt your downloading speed because it wont let you connect to as much peers as you want. It is supposed to slow down viruses because their spreading strategy is to connect to a high amount of ip numbers, but it could cripple your torrent downloads.

A nice way to fix this is to download this patch.

Note: Some people report that their antivir reports the patch to be a Virus, This is not the case. Check out http://www.lvllord.de/ for more details on this

The patch allows you to set the maximum allowed connections to any number you want>Any number between 50 and 100 is ok (more is NOT always better).

Next you need to configure your torrent client to allow 50-100 max half-open TCP connections

uTorrent: Options > Preferences > Advanced options > net.max_halfopen

Bitcomet: Options > Preferences > Connection > max half-open TCP

Now you’re ready to go…

A third point of interest is that some “windows updates” revert your tweaked tcp connections back to 10. So it’s wise to check this every now and then. You can check this by going to (in windows xp) Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Event Viewer > System… Look for event 4226 (sort by event).

For more details about Windows XP SP2 and Event ID 4226 read David Kaspar’s excellent post

If there are a lot of daily occurences it’s likely that the max amount of half-open tcp connections was set back to 10. Or you’re infected with some nasty spyware…

2. TORRENT CLIENT CONFIGURATION

In order to apply these tips you need to know your maximum up- and download speed. You can test your bandwidth over here (stop all download activity while testing)>Also make sure that you applied the tips provided in our previous posts.

Note that there’s a difference between kb/s (kilobits/second) and kB/s(kilobytes/second). To be precise, kB/s = kb/s divided by 8. In this tutorial we usekB/s (like most torrent clients do). This means that you might need to calculate your max speed in kB/s yourself if the speedtest only gives you the results in kb\s (so divide by 8 then).

Settings 1-4 can be found in the options, settings or preference tab of most torrent clients.

1. Maximum upload speed

Probably the most important setting there is. Your connection is (sort of) like a pipeline, if you use you maximum upload speed there’s not enough space left for the files you are downloading. So you have to cap your upload speed.

Use the following formula to determine your optimal upload speed…

80% of your maximum upload speed

so if your maximum upload speed is 40 kB/s, the optimal upload rate is 32kB/s

But keep seeding!

2. Maximum download speed

Although setting your maximum download speed to unlimited may sound interesting>in reality it will only hurt your connection. If you still want to be able to browse properly, set your maximum download speed to:

95% of your maximum download speed

so if your maximum download speed is 400 kB/s, the optimal download speed is 380kB/s

3. Maximum connected peers per torrent

Yet another setting that you don’t want to max out. I experimented quite a lot with the max connected peers settings and came to the conclusion that both high and low number hurt the download speed of a torrent>The following setting worked best for me.

upload speed * 1.3

so if your maximum upload speed is 40 kB/s, the optimal amount of connected peers per torrent is

40 * 1.3 = 52

I didn’t noticed a difference for fast or slow connections here.

4. Maximum upload slots

1 + (upload speed / 6)

so if your maximum upload speed is 30 kB/s, the optimal number of upload slots is

1 + (30 / 6) = 6

3. MORE TIPS

Check seeds and peers
A simple tip, but very important. Always look for torrents with the best seed/peer ratio. The more seeds (compared to peers) the better (in general). So 50 seeds and 50 peers is better than 500 seeds and 1000 peers. So, be selective.

Change the default port.
By default, BitTorrent uses a port 6881-6999. BitTorrent generates a lot traffic (1/3), so isp’s like to limit the connection offered on the these ports. So, you should change these to another range – Good clients allow you to do this, just choose anything you like. If you’re behind a router, make sure you have your ports forwarded (portforward.com) or UPnP enabled.

Disable Windows Firewall
It sucks. Windows Firewall hates P2P and often leads a life of it’s own. So disable it and get yourself a decent (free) firewall, Kerio or Zone Alarm for example.

Turn on Encryption
Encrypting your torrents will prevent throttling ISP’s from limiting your BitTorrent traffic. Check out how to enable encryption in Azureus, uTorrent, and Bitcomet, the three most popular torrent clients.

Optimize your internet connection
The TCP optimizer is a freeware utility that optimizes your internet connection. I found it very useful and it helped speeding up my connection for regular internet activity and for downloading torrents. Just download it, and move the slidebar to your maximum download rate (note that it’s in kb/s). Don’t try to set it higher because that will hurt your download speeds!