Stop BitTorrent from Killing Your Internet Connection

Many popular BitTorrent clients such as uTorrent/BitTorrent, BitComet and Vuze can work right out of the box. Download, install, load a torrent file and it’ll start downloading, provided any needed ports are forwarded correctly. If you don’t tweak the configurations, most probably it’ll take you longer to complete downloading the torrent because the default configuration might not be very well optimized for your router or internet connection.

A slow to finish downloading game, movie or file from a torrent is not really a big problem. The biggest problem you’ll probably encounter is when someone else is on the network and your computer is downloading a torrent. Quite often all of sudden the internet connection will seem like it’s been cut off as if someone is using NetCut and there are problems browsing the web, Skype or your messenger program disconnects etc. Pinging the router could well give a “Request time out” error message.

This problem happens both with a modem and router. To get back the connection, you might need to disconnect and reconnect the internet connection, restart the router or even reboot the computer if the problem is really bad. Restarting the router is not a good solution because when the torrent detects a connection and starts downloading, the connection gets killed again.

There are ways to configure a torrent client such as uTorrent, BitComet, Bitfrost or Vuze so that if you’re having similar problems, your internet won’t get disconnected while downloading torrents. This happens mainly because there is a large number of connections that BitTorrent utilizes is stressing out your router/modem. The default settings in a BitTorrent client are sometimes providing more connections than some modems/routers can handle. Since many of us are actually using the free and cheap modems or routers such as the Riger DB108-WL provided by our ISP , we have to lower the global connections in the BitTorrent Client.

Change the Connections in BitComet

1. Go to Tools and select Options (or press CTRL+P) to bring up the preference options.

2. Go to Advanced and click on “network.max_connections”.

3. Change the value from 0 (unlimited) to a more usable connection number (100) in the “Value:” box below, then click Apply.

BitComet network.max_connections

Change the Connections in Frostwire

1. Click on the Tools menu and go to Options, expand the Bittorrent tree and select Advanced.

2. Change the value in “Global maximum number of connections” to your desired vale, thankfully the default isn’t set that high to start with at 100.

frostwire global maximum number of connections

You’ll find more connection setting for some popular torrent clients on Page 2.

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