Rogers, an Internet service provider, has been known for throttling torrents--that is limiting the download and upload speeds of torrent programs--making some torrents effectively impossible to download at all. Unfortunately, there is not official recourse for this issue: in Rogers' Acceptable Use Policy, they state that they have the right to manage their networks for the optimum efficiency for all users, including "rate limiting (speed)" and "protocol filtering." However, there are some tricks you can use to attempt achieving a better download speed.
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You can choose to randomise ports on start-up in the uTorrent settings. By randomising the port each time uTorrent starts, you are able to start fresh so to speak. While this doesn't deliver stellar download speeds, it can help avoid being stuck on one throttled port. It used to be that you could set uTorrent to use port 1720 to avoid throttling on Rogers Internet connections, but this fix no longer works as well as it used to. .
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Lower your upload caps to about 80 per cent of your max allotted upload speed, which should be detailed in the Internet plan that you've signed up for. By lowering the max upload speed, you can sometimes achieve a better download speed.
Try running uTorrent at non-peak hours (overnight, midmorning, etc). While this will not stop your torrents from being throttled, when there's less traffic there's less competition for bandwidth.
Restart uTorrent when your download speeds are crawling, especially if you're randomising your ports. Restarting the program can allow torrents to reconnect and get things moving again, but this is another temporary fix for a bigger problem.
Set "peer.lazy_bitfield" to "true" in uTorrent's advanced options. This helps with throttling of upload speeds rather than download speeds by reporting that the torrent is incomplete, resulting in the ISP not initiating the upload throttle.
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