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The tips are offered by Olivier Chalouhi, co-founder and CTO of the Vuze BitTorrent client

The tips are offered by Olivier Chalouhi, co-founder and CTO of the Vuze BitTorrent client

If your downloading habit extends more than once in a while then you’re more than likely to be on a constant looking for methods of improving your download speeds. This article here features tips from someone who definitely knows a thing or two about p2p – Olivier Chalouhi, co-founder and CTO of the Vuze BitTorrent client – so the tips are all the more precious.

These six tips were posted on the Vuze blog and they were Chalouhi’s response to a question asked by Ernesto from Torrent Freak : “What are your top tips for optimizing download speed?”

“The Low Down on Downloading”

1. Seed. Downloading speeds will be sub-optimal for everyone unless everyone plays their part and seeds. Private tracker sites are a great example of how the overall speed of the swarm increases when everyone is seeding and downloading in equal measure. So, play your part in seeding and tell others to as well.

2. Be connectable. Make sure you’re not “fire-walled” by opening up your incoming ports or by enabling UPnP in your router otherwise you’ll be leaving bandwidth on the table.

3. Manage your upload speed. It is all about striking a balance. You don’t want the upload speed to be too high, nor do you want it to be too low. Ideally you want to set your upload speed to be 80% of the maximum possible line speed.

4. Select the right torrents. Your download will be faster if you choose to download a torrent where there is a good balance of seeds and peers. For instance, Vuze ranks its search results according to the number of seeds and peers to make this easier.

5. Be realistic. Check the swarm average and if you’re already above average, then you just need to be patient. If you’re below average, go back and check some of these other things I’ve mentioned.

6. Get a Friend Boost. I wouldn’t be a Vuze developer if I didn’t give a plug for the Friend Boost feature we recently developed ☺ When you create a network of Friends on Vuze, you agree to seed content to each other on a preferential basis. That is, if one of your friends has a torrent that you want, you will be able to directly use a portion of their bandwidth to get it. In most cases this will increase your download speed.

“Obviously ways in which to actually implement some of these tips will differ from client to client,” Chalouhi adds. “If you want to find out how to do it on Vuze, you can check out our wiki.”

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