variance btwn speed test and torrent DL speed? I searched 'torrent' and checked a few pgs; looks like other people have had similar issues, but the threads were too old to reply to.
I have Verizon DSL on copper lines (they're from the 70's, and Verizon bypassed this street when they were laying FIOS in the area a few years ago, I guess cuz they figured the dozen or so homes on it aren't worth the $).
Latest speed test says 784 kb, which is avg, but downloading w/ Vuze or uTorrent (incl. while test was running) it's avg 181 kB, occasional dips as low as 53 kB.
Mac 10.5.8 PPC
What could be going on here?
Forest Hills, NY
·Time Warner Cable
·Verizon Online DSL
torrents generally only supply reliable speeds within the first week to Month a popular file of being uploaded by a source with a good track record, so a TV show or DVD that just came out that week will download really fast since there are hundreds even thousands of quality ISP seeders hosting it. if a file is very new or very old, with too many leeches not enough seeds, your torrent speeds can vary widely depending on how steady the seed/leech connections are, how many hops away from you each seed/leech may be, if the seed/leech list of active IPs is being DOS attacked by a third party torrent destroyer/monitor, and many other variables such as your software and hardware firewall, how valid the trackers are, etc.
keep in mind there is no one assuring torrent reliability, since by definition torrents are not from a corporate entity responsible for their reliability. when i get a file 100% by torrent within a reasonable amount of time, i consider myself lucky. for every file i torrent successfully, is another torrent i delete because i can't get it all intact, even sitting for weeks in my active que.
if you want to test the download consistence of your ISP
register here - it's free, and run a large file speed test hourly
for a day or two - just make sure not to use the internet
while the tests run, or that will tarnish the results.
when i do use torrent, i rarely max out my connection,
as i want to do other things on the web while torrent.
try setting your max download:upload ratio to 10:1
and using only 50% of your rated download capacity.
for example my 7mb line can handle 650kb/s but I
usually leave my torrent client set under 400kb/s so
I can do other things on my computer without wait.
thx for the info Packeteers, was not aware of that stuff.
However, I realized that the torrent clients are giving me the download speed in kB/s, instead of in kb/s. 180 kB/s = 1440 kb/s, which is close to what Verizon thinks I'm actually getting, and what I'm supposed to be getting. My IP page says it's 1772 kb/s, and a test on speedtest.net says it's 1.1 MB/s.
I had never downloaded by torrent before; I guess for some reason the standard is to display speed in Bytes rather than bits?