Torrenting at 500kb/s means the whole network is slow


  1. Posts : 278
    MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
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    Torrenting at 500kb/s means the whole network is slow


    Hey there forums, i am really confused on this. So another user on my network is torrenting a gigabyte file at a rate of 500kb/s, and we have 50mb/s internet. So when another user is torrenting, it seems like the internet is slowing down massivley, when i am playing video games, (LoL and MS) the ping skyrockets from around 20ping to 100ping, i have tested this enough to know that it is not a coincidence. Is there a reason that everything slows down when something is being torrented?
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  2. Posts : 3,904
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
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    If you image it as a small room of air, When one person is in the room it is fine (that is you playing your game) but, now if we put 10 people in a room that air started to run out. (this is what happens when you are torrenting legal files.)
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  3. Posts : 25,847
    Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64
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    Torrent legal files; right.

    I wonder why Malwarebytes blocks gigabyte torrent.
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  4. Posts : 3,904
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
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    Layback Bear said:
    Torrent legal files; right.

    I wonder why Malwarebytes blocks gigabyte torrent.
    There are legal torrents out there....

    Ubuntu has a torrent.

    Euro truck simulator allows you to download there updates via torrent.
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  5. Posts : 49,952
    Windows 11 Workstation x64
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    Torrents can be quite legal and I see nothing in the OP's post to state otherwise.
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  6. Posts : 3,904
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
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    z3r010 said:
    Torrents can be quite legal and I see nothing in the OP's post to state otherwise.
    Thank you, thats what i was trying to enforce.
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  7. Posts : 2,416
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64
       #7

    Legal or not has nothing to do with the OP question, after all.
    I'll try to get to the point instead.

    500 kb/s seems slow for a 50mb/s connection, but that may be easily explained by a poorly seeded torrent or peers with slower speeds (BitTorrent, contrary to almost everything else, works best with many people using it). Improper network configuration or port forwarding may also result in slower transfers that otherwise possible.

    As for the slowdown of the general network, the only thing I think is a poor quality or defective router or switcher. As torrents normally create multitude of connections to multiple different targets, cheap home routers may be easily crashed by that. Try resetting it to test that, at least.
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  8. Posts : 278
    MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
    Thread Starter
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    The router that is in my household is a PF Sense (https://www.pfsense.org/),
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