How to maximize utorrent download speed

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How to maximize utorrent download speed
uTorrent is a BitTorrent client that allows users to share files across a network connection. (computer image by peter Hires Images from Fotolia.com)

One of the great benefits of BitTorrent clients like uTorrent is that they allow for maximum transfer speeds between any number of computers, all with minimal effort on the part of any one computer. Unfortunately, communication between multiple computers presents its own set of difficulties, and there are plenty of reasons that transfer speeds might slow to a crawl if uTorrent is configured improperly. With the right settings, however, your downloads will be blazing fast in no time.

Skill level:
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Things you need

  • Internet connection
  • uTorrent

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open uTorrent, and from the main window hold down the Ctrl key and press P to open the "Preferences" menu. You can also find this menu under the "Options" tab at the top left of the window.

  2. 2

    Select "Connection" and verify that "Add Windows Firewall exception" is checked and "Randomize port each start" is unchecked.

  3. 3

    Select "BitTorrent" and verify that all options under "Basic BitTorrent Features" are checked except "Limit local peer bandwidth," which should be unchecked. The DHT options are especially important, as they allow you to find and connect to users outside of a torrent's tracker.

  4. 4

    Set "Outgoing" to "Forced" under "Protocol Encryption" if your Internet service provider (ISP) throttles BitTorrent traffic, otherwise set it to "Disabled." Encryption slows download speeds but also hides the nature of the traffic from your ISP. Thus, if your ISP is already slowing your BitTorrent downloads, uTorrent's encryption will give you a net increase in speed.

  5. 5

    Close the "Preferences" menu and begin downloading a torrent. Toward the bottom right of the uTorrent window you should see either a green checkmark or a red exclamation mark. If you see the green checkmark, your settings are now optimal. If you see the red exclamation mark, there's still room to improve your download speed.

  6. 6

    Hold down the Ctrl key and press P to open the "Preferences" menu again. Return to "Connection" and write down the number next to "Port used for incoming connections." This is the port uTorrent uses to connect to other users.

  7. 7

    Open the specified port in any security programs you may have. Common examples include routers, firewalls and antivirus software. One or more of these is currently blocking the port, which prevents you from connecting to peers.

  8. 8

    Restart uTorrent. The red exclamation mark will now be a green checkmark and your download speed will be as high as it can be for any torrents you download.

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