On Saturday 27 January 2007 23:25, Tony Nelson wrote:
A "reasonable upload speed" is also not too fast, since downloading needs,
oh, about the usual ratio of download to upload speed that your provider
gives you in order to download that fast. Too much upload will choke off
the download. I've also seen it oscillate up and down with a period of a
What I do is leave the upload speed low during my download, and then
restart after with a higher upload speed. I keep going until I've uploaded
as much as I downloaded, which often takes longer than the download.
Your download speed may be poor even if you share, if there aren't enough
other people sharing.
I use the command line client bittorrent-curses:
bittorrent-curses --max_upload_rate 40 <torrent name>.torrent
My connectin is 3MB/768K.
It's also worth mentioning that speeds can vary enormously. They are often
slow at first, picking up gradually. However, if you get one that doesn't
pick up, sometimes it pays to stop the transfer and restart a few minutes
later. I think that sometimes that allocates you a different server-link
that may be faster. At least that has been my experience.