Stupid Bittorrent question.

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  1. The Green Bastard

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    OK. My DSL speed is capped at 475k/sec.

    When using bit torrents (I use Bitcomet...is there anything better?) I have a download coming in at 40 k/sec, and it completely kills my overall speed. I did a speedtest, and it showed 57k/sec while downloading a BT at 40k/sec.

    Is there any way to speed that up, and allow sharing better?
     
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    ShapeShifterz Longtime Lurker

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    Due to the nature of TCP/IP, sending packets one way will require an acknowledgement packet to be sent back. So, if one way on your link is saturated, it'll slow down the other way and vice versa. You need to make sure you don't peg out your connection. Most torrent programs let you cap your upload and download speed.
     
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    My ISP caps my upload at 60k/sec, so I limit my upload to 30k/sec within the BT program.
     
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    It's because your internet connection is measured in kb/s, and your bittorrent transfers are in kB/s. Divide your DSL speed by 8 to get a match. Then allow 15-20% for overhead..
     
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    Oh fuck, where's my damn calculator?

    And what's the diff between KB and kb?!
     
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    Roughly a factor of 10.

    1kb = 1000 bits
    1KB = 1024 bytes

    8 bits in a byte.
     
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    Every ISP seems to refer to a different value. Some say Kilobits, some say Kilobytes, Megabits, etc.

    It's confusing.
     
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    In general, ISP speeds are in kb or mb (some measure of bits). It makes them look bigger. Download speeds are almost always in KB. Don't know why, that's just the way it is. Even before the internet it was baud (approx. bits/s) for connect speed and CPS (Characters per second, same as Bytes/s) for downloads.
     

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