Can I throw my two bits in, to help out as a long time bit torrent user:
- On a 2 MB ADSL connection, you need to set your upload to less than 21KB (That’s kiloBytes, not kilo-bits). I personally recommend a max of 18KB/Sec. On Azureus it’s easy to set upload limits.
Not only will you choke your connection otherwise, but it’s unlikley your router could handle it anyway due to the overhead of acks in outgoing tcp packets (if this techie stuff makes no sense to you, don’t worry just follow the settings and you’ll be fine)
IMPORTANT - on WindowsXP SP@, there is a limit of 10 concurrent TCP connections. So you really can’t use Bit torrent well no matter what your settings. The only solution is to update your Tcpip.sys file the patcher available from http://www.lvllord.de/
Do a search for ‘WindowsXP TCPIP connections limit’ to learn more.
Do not expect top speeds unless there about 20 seeds and about 100 peers. On a less seeded torrent you can expect speeds like 20-60KB (just a rough idea).
Do not expect top speeds on tiscali - they are far from the best. Try to look on www.adslguide.org.uk for performance ratings of ISP’s. You’ll see tiscali is near the bottom. Try a smaller higher quality ISP. May cost a bit more but you will see a big difference.
If your PC has less than 1GB memory or is less than a P4-2GHz, switch to a lighter client - e.g. ABC or BitTornado. Azureus uses over 100MB of RAM and is Java based so its much more resource intensive than other clients.
If you want to Top speeds get a high quality router (though they’re pricey) like a draytek. Or try to find a Westell Proline 6000 on eBay. Should be a bout 50GPB and supports something called turbo-tcp which makes it the fastest router for bit torrent.
Well, I hope all this helps you and anyone else who has problems.