Peer-to-peer and bit torrent communications have become one of the most popular ways to distribute files across the Internet. Despite common misconception, peer-to-peer and bit torrent are not just tools for pirating software and media, such as music and movies; many businesses and legitimate organisations use bit torrent for legitimate means, mainly distributing files across internal networks as quickly as possible. Vuze, formally known as Azureus, is one of the most popular and stable bit torrent clients and is often employed by individuals and organisations who value stability and ease of use. Given its uses, speed is of the utmost importance to users of bit torrent. Unfortunately, there are a few things that can slow down a bit torrent connection and make it difficult to download even the smallest files. However, there are ways to speed up your connection, making Vuze and other bit torrent clients more effective.
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Scan your computer for malware. Be sure that you use a respected tool, such as Norton or McAfee. Malware, such as viruses and spyware, can make your computer and Internet connection be unstable and run slowly, which is a problem for Vuze.
Check your network Internet connection. You can save yourself some time by verifying that there is nothing wrong with your Internet connection before you begin troubleshooting your system and network. Go to an online testing website, such as Speedtest, and follow the on-screen instructions to test your connection. If you are not getting the speeds that you should or have a lot of ping, call your Internet service provider for support, as there may be a problem on their end.
Adjust your firewall settings. An overly strict firewall can lead to a number of problems with Vuze. Most commercial firewalls, such as those sold by Norton and McAfee, have an easy-to-use graphical interface. In your firewall settings, navigate to the "program permissions" and check the box next to Vuze to give it both incoming and outgoing access to your network. Do not under any circumstance disable your firewall, as this can leave you open to malware attacks.
Forward ports 6969 and 6880 to your computer. This is done in your router's administration panel and the specific steps vary depending on your particular router brand and model. The process, however, is straightforward on most routers and all you need is your login credentials for the router's back-end; you would have set up these credentials when you set up the router.
Restart your router after you have forwarded the ports. This is necessary for the changes to take effect.
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