Stop BitTorrent from Killing Your Internet Connection

Change the Connections in uTorrent / BitTorrent

1. Go to the Tools menu and click on Preferences (or press CTRL+P) to bring up the settings options.

2. Click on Bandwidth and set the “Global maximum number of connections:” to a lower number such as 50 or 100.

uTorrent Global maximum number of connections

Change the Connections in Vuze (Azureus)

1. Go to Tools and choose Options (or press CTRL+,) to bring up the options window.

2. Go to Mode and select Advanced to enable the extra options.

Vuze Advanced Mode

3. Next click on Transfer, untick “Automatically adjust these settings based on connection speed” and set the “Max connections globally” to your chosen number. Luckily these days this is set to 100 by default, but it may need adjusting up or down to get the best for your connection.

Vuze Max connections globally

Change the Connections in Tixati

Tixati doesn’t actually have a specific setting to control the overall maximum connections and instead you have to rely on setting the connections limit per transfer and adjust this accordingly depending how many torrents you normally download at once.

1. Click on the Settings button and navigate to Network -> Connections.

2. Set the “Maximum peer connections per transfer” to the desired value. Remember the default of 55 is per torrent download so if you only ever download 1 torrent at a time, 55 is effectively your global connections number, 2 at a time is 110 etc.

tixati Maximum peer connections per transfer

It’s also possible to set a per transfer value for each individual torrent download so 1 torrent can have 10 connections while another has 110 etc. Click on the torrent download in the window and go to the Options tab -> Peers and untick the Use Default Settings in Connections and set it to the desired value.


You can try the changing the values to 50 or 100 connections for starters and see if your connection can cope with it. If your router is able to handle that amount without killing your connection, you can try adding 20 more and continue until you find the limit. For BitTorrent clients that are not listed in this article or for those that don’t allow you to configure the connection values, you can use NetBalancer to limit the download and upload transfer speed.

Alternatively, you can get a better router such as 3Com or Belkin to replace your cheap router provided by your ISP if it is supported. Also full bridging mode works but it’ll leave your computer more vulnerable to attacks. In this case you’ll need to install a good and stable firewall to protect you.

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