It is a fact that Malaysia ISP TM Net has implemented torrent throttling on their broadband Streamyx service. If you don’t believe me, try downloading a torrent from ThePirateBay and you will notice that the download speed never exceeds 10Kbps. To complete downloading a movie would probably take weeks at that speed. Some of my friends has stopped downloading using torrents long ago and they have now resorted to subscribing premium accounts of HotFile, MegaUpload, RapidShare, FileFactory and etc for full speed downloading. Some that cannot live without torrent, they subscribe to VPN such as BolehVPN. There are of course some lucky users that are not affected by the throttling, but sooner or later they will be throttled.
Anyway, I accidentally discovered a very interesting trick where it will allow any Malaysian to download torrent at full speed without using VPN, proxy, tunneling, encryption… This will probably work for other countries that has implemented torrent throttling too.
All you need to do is to download the torrent using BitLet, a Java BitTorrent applet that runs directly from your web browser. BitLet requires Java Runtime which can be downloaded from www.java.com. The good thing about BitLet is you can run it on any computer as long as it has Java and a web browser, and it supports uPnP for auto port forwarding.
Here is a test on uTorrent vs BitLet to bypass throttling.
As you can see from the image below, this torrent has more than 3000 seeders (uploaders) and only 200+ peers (downloaders). I’ve ran the download for 26 minutes and the download speed is only averaging at 721Bytes (or 0.7Kbps), taking 7 weeks and 4 days to complete this download which is pathetic.
I restarted my computer and visited BitLet.org. Downloaded the .torrent file to local hard drive (I will later explain why), clicked on the Select local .torrent button to browse for the .torrent file that I’ve downloaded, and finally click Download torrent button. The download speed went up to more than 400KBps within seconds and maintained stable around that speed.
If you are downloading from a private torrent such as IPTorrents, make sure you first download the .torrent file to your computer and then use the Select local .torrent button on BitLet. Otherwise you will get the error “Could not download metafile“. If you don’t remember, I’ve posted about BitLet nearly 4 years ago.