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Hi guys, I was having a debate with someone about p2p applications like utorrent and connection speeds. Can someone explain to me if a 10mb connection will be just as fast as a 50mb connection if the the user you are leeching from has a slow connection? Like if i was downloading a file with about 2000 seeds at 600kbs, will 50mbs download faster then 10mbs would?
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This is a complicated issue. It depends on your connection and proximity to hosts that can seed at a rate that exceeds your bandwidth limit and also on your ISP's QOS policies, as well as the hardware in your network and the torrent client and network drivers you're using. Here, in Minneapolis close to a lot of really fast seeders and with high quality equipment on both ends, I definitely noticed the move from 10mb/s to 50mb/s (Comcast offers less bandwidth to it's lower tier customers than to it's higher tier customers). I especially notice the difference when I can continue to download at 3MB/s and still play games with low pings (the more bandwidth available the faster the services overall).

I will say that if you're actually connected to 2000 seeds (I highly doubt your hardware is capable of it) and you're only getting 600kb/s then something is definitely wrong.

The best way to test torrent transfers is to choose a peculiar port (that your ISP won't limit), download a popular Ubuntu torrent, and then compare your speed to the speed your ISP is supposed to be providing (as well as the speeds your seeders are capable of sending at, in relation to the number of leeches are connected to them). This, of course, is done after looking into your contract and determining what bandwidth/download limitations your tier of service is subject to.
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It's as with anything, if you're limited by bandwidth from a remote side then your local link speed won't matter.

If there were greater than 10 mbps of aggregate seed bandwidth to be had then the 50 mbps connection would offer a higher transfer rate.
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This is a complicated issue. It depends on your connection and proximity to hosts that can seed at a rate that exceeds your bandwidth limit and also on your ISP's QOS policies, as well as the hardware in your network and the torrent client and network drivers you're using. Here, in Minneapolis close to a lot of really fast seeders and with high quality equipment on both ends, I definitely noticed the move from 10mb/s to 50mb/s (Comcast offers less bandwidth to it's lower tier customers than to it's higher tier customers). I especially notice the difference when I can continue to download at 3MB/s and still play games with low pings (the more bandwidth available the faster the services overall).

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The best way to test torrent transfers is to choose a peculiar port (that your ISP won't limit), download a popular Ubuntu torrent, and then compare your speed to the speed your ISP is supposed to be providing (as well as the speeds your seeders are capable of sending at, in relation to the number of leeches are connected to them). This, of course, is done after looking into your contract and determining what bandwidth/download limitations your tier of service is subject to.

Thank you very much!!
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It's as with anything, if you're limited by bandwidth from a remote side then your local link speed won't matter.

If there were greater than 10 mbps of aggregate seed bandwidth to be had then the 50 mbps connection would offer a higher transfer rate.

My point proven!! Thanks
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Almost - it still depends on your tier of service and the limitations that come with it. If you're seeder is limited to 500kb/s and your ISP limits your 3MB/s connection to 300kb/s, then it will matter (maybe their 5MB/s service limits your connection to 500kb/s) - all of this assuming that there are no other connections on your network consuming bandwidth. If they don't (and there aren't), it won't! thumb.gif
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