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How To Speed Up Your Torrents Easily

Have you ever wondered why your direct downloading gives you more speed than your torrents? Do you want to know how to increase the downloading speed? The default settings of any torrent client will always gives you slow downloads because your client doesn’t know which type of connection you have. Every torrent client needs to be tweaked so as to increase the download speed. Today we will show you how to increase your torrent’s speed without using any any complex software, you’ll see the difference in downloading speed.

Here we are using utorrent v1.8 as an exemplary client with a 256k connection. We won’t waste more time, lets start changing the settings.

Connections Pane:


Change Your Network Settings

In Connections pane, Under “Port used for incoming connections”, enter any port number. It is best to use a port number above 10000. Mine is 17590 as shown in the pic.

Randomize Port Each Time Utorrent Start

This option randomizes the port each time utorrent starts, which is highly unnecessary, UNCHECK it.

Enable UPnP Port Mapping And NAT-PMP Port Mapping

If you are manually forwarding your port than keep it UNCHECKED, but if you dont know what port forwarding is or you’re not forwarding the port manually than CHECK it.

Add Utorrent To Windows Firewall Exceptions

UNCHECK it if your windows firewall is disabled, try disabling the Windows firewall whenever using torrents, because Windows firewall literally hates torrents, it won’t allow to increase the speed ever.

Bandwidth Pane:


Global Maximum Number of Connections

This option lets you “the number of connections made to your torrent”, it should not be set too low and not too high either, if you’ll set it too low, the torrent wont be able to connect with seeds and peers, if you set it too high it will cause too much bandwidth wastage. For 256K connection 130 is optimal. for other connections you can calculate it by this formula: upload speed x 80%

Maximum Number of connected peers per torrent

70 (for 256k) is optimal for other connections use this formula: upload speed * 1.3

Number of upload slots per torrent

Optimal setting for 256k connection is 3. To calculate your settings, try this formula: 1 + (upload speed / 6)

Use additional upload slots if upload speed <90%

it should be CHECKED.

Maximum Number Of Download Speed

It may sound interesting not to limit your download speed, but it greatly affects the downloading if set to unlimited. To calculate this setting use:

download speed * 90%

BitTorrent Pane:


Enable DHT Network

Its highly recommended to CHECK this option, it highly improves the speed.

Protocol Encryption

It is recommended to either select FORCED or ENABLE for this option, This can help increase speed in many ISPs.

Enable DHT for new torrents


Enable Peer Exchange


Ask Tracker For Scrape Information


Enable Local Peer Discovery


Limit Local Peer Bandwidth


Advanced Pane:


The default setting in Windows XP for maximum connections is 8 which is not optimal enough for torrents to connect to seeds and peers. The best way to increase the number of half open connections is to increase the value for 8 to 50 to 60, too high or too low will decrease the download speed drastically. We will have to apply a patch too to increase the default value (in Windows XP SP2 only), you can apply the patch from here, this patch will increase the half open connections on OS level.

NOTE: Windows update sometimes revert this setting back to default one, so its better to keep checking every now and then.


Increase the value from default 300 to 600, it also increases the download speed.

TCP Optimizer

Download this free software utility and apply the optimal settings, it will apply the most appropriate setting of your Internet connection. You can download this software from here.


Handling Firewall

If you use any firewall, Go to its Preference or Settings and find an option with tag ‘Allow list’ or ‘Programs’. Add utorrent or any client you’re using in allow list, save the settings when You’re done. In Windows firewall, you can add an exception of your torrent client too.


Port Forwarding

To learn how to forward ports manually, click here.

How To Configure Your Router

  1. Go to start | run |type cmd, in command prompt type ipconfig, press enter.
  2. Note down your ip address and default gateway.
  3. Type in your default gateway into your browser’s address bar, a password prompt may come up. The default username and password are admin for some routers, if you use a username and password to connect try using that.
  4. Under ‘Applications’ fill out one line for each p2p client you use
  5. You need to use your ip address, the correct port range and set either tcp or udp
  6. You can change the ports in the actual p2p client’s settings, just make sure they are the exactly same in the router too.
  7. Save your settings.

I hope this article will help you to boost your torrents speed, if there is anything I missed, or you want to share some tips, don’t forget to leave a comment.


  1. 256K is a BAD example for settings since everyone now has Wireless or Broadband or even Fiberpower.

  2. i really appreciate this useful article . it worked for me and my average download speed increased from 21 kB to 160 kB !!

  3. omg u r a genius thankyou sooo much 4 the turn off windows firewall advice, my utorrent speed was previously 20 kbps now its 120 kbps 🙂

  4. thanks to this, I can now download torrents at my normal 100kb/s speed, instead of 0.1kb/s I have been getting (and that’s if i’m lucky). You may be thinking “100kb/!? thats rubbish!” well… for you, maybe. for me, that’s as fast as any download i do from anything.

  5. ur steps are slowing my torrent …… not speeding …..  …..Sorry ….BUT THATS TRUE. 🙁
    i have tested it by downloading a same file before changing the settings …… (the download speed was fine)……but after trying ur steps …. (it took very much time for downloading…) can u plz again go through it and give the real STEPS FOR speeding the torrents …. 

  6. it is for those who are using a modem but i am using a wireless network .it is reliance netconnect high speed 1x.please tell me how i can increase dowloading speed in it

  7. thank u soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo……………………………………………………….muchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

  8. Advising people to disable their software firewall without exception is simply careless, to say the least. You may disable Windows firewall if you’re behind a hardware firewall (most consumer-grade routers have this), but you should *always* keep it (or any other software firewall you may be using) if your computer is connected straight to your modem. That “Add Windows Firewall Exceptions” option is to tell Windows to open specific port(s) being used by uTorrent.

    Having tested your advise multiple times and compared the results with Windows firewall enabled, I can say there’s no difference in effective bandwidth with Windows firewall enabled, so long as the “Add Windows Firewall Exceptions” option is ticked.

    but I’ having problem. I did the things right, n it too increased my overall speed, but my uploading went 3 times more than my downloading speed. I want the downloading speed to be more. iIf anyone can help me with this, please..

  10. please help me how to set up the fire wall set up i cant set up compleatly so my upload speed is very slow please help me

  11. Well, I got stupendous results. Went from 0.1 kB/s to 26 and up. Thanks a ton – very informative article. Thumbs up.

  12. HELP i did all this exactly as said ans after this i did nothing happen no change expect for the fact i lost all my sedders thanks to you!!now my speed less i used utorrnet 1.8.1 HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Hey!Thanks for the great tips!
    I have increased my download from 0.1kB/s(Sometimes 0) to 6kB/s!

    But one thing, how do I check my download speed?I went to DSLReport.com but my DSL does not tell me what my Download Speed is.

    And I don’t understand the formulae, is it Download Speed * 90% or is it download speed * 90?


  14. omg u r a genius thankyou sooo much 4 the turn off windows firewall advice, my utorrent speed was previously 0.4 kbps now its 80kbps 🙂

  15. More trackers, more trackers mean more seeds and thus more speed. Go to http://torrents.iza.co.za/tracker_finder.php to find more trackers for any torrent. (A fault with the form there is that you can’t hit enter on your keyboard, you must click on the find button)

    You can also calculate optimal settings that will speed up your client with their speed calculator at http://torrents.iza.co.za/speed_calc.php

    There is also some other tips on speeding up your torrent as well as tutorials about creating torrents etc.

    • @Steve and Bob

      These calculations were taken after using utorrent for a long time, we experimented using different values and they came out to be the best. It’s all about experience, it’s been helping some people while others are having trouble increasing their speed.

      Some ISPs have put a limit on their users which means it won’t increase their speed at all.

  16. OMG what a load of crap to go through.
    Do this, do that, check this, unmcheck that, patch this, download this -if I had that kind of time I would’t worry about slow speeds.
    And yet I did it all – no change.

  17. ok I just figured out the problem and now all my torrents are speedy. However, the problem was with this page!

    The whole area with the advanced settings was messing it up. I reset them to the normal numbers and voila! they’re all working beautifully.

  18. Hey, I don’t know if this worked or not but my internet is definitely slower actually from the tcp optimizer (I think). Also, since I followed these steps well: I was downloading two torrents when I applied these tips and now only one of them is going… and it’s going slowly. I am really annoyed actually. I don’t know if the tcp optimizer messed things up or what but now that I think about it this definitely did not help. Any idea why?

    Also, I don’t understand why the numbers for a 256k connection are way off from what they would be if the calculations were applied. It makes no sense.

    And then, when I put the gateway default into my browser none of the password ideas worked. I really don’t know, my computer is practically new.

  19. Wow, this article really helped me in downloading the torrent faster. I did what this article has told me to do because I use the same feature described above. But, when I was going to configure the router, suddenly system shutdown appeared on my window.

  20. Wow, this article really helped me in downloading the torrent faster. I did what this article has told me to do because I use the same feature described above. But, when I was going to configure the router, suddenly system shutdown appeared on my window.

  21. Thank you very much for the tips – i have fios, so when i upgraded from time warner it was faster in general, but after this – wow awesome

  22. hey dude i m going all d above steps but not able to speed up mah torrent speed plzz help me …i think after getiinh defaut gateway i do smthing wrong wat r s steps after getiing d default gatewat plz mail me as early as possible
    thanks in advancee…..

    • Kunal all steps mentioned above are correct and have been tested. If these are not working for you, please check the link in my above comment, this software will increase the speed of your torrent automatically.

  23. Hi, thank you for share these tips with us! I´m a brazilian guy, so excuse me if I write something wrong here. I hope you understand me. Here is my question:

    I didn´t understand the formulas to calculate the bandwidth settings. For example, my connection has the following caracteristics: download = 2Mbits (256kBytes) and upload = 300kbps (37,5kBytes). My bitTorrent settings are: Maximum download rate = 100 kBytes and Maximum upload rate = 15 kBytes.

    So, if I want to calculate Global Maximum Number of Connections, Maximum Number of connected peers per torrent and Number of upload slots per torrent, witch values I should use?

    And, how did you get at this formulas?

    Thank you again!

  24. @Chinu

    If you are using 256k DSL connection, then 26-30kb/s is the maximum speed you will get. If you want to increase it to more, please follow all steps above carefully.

  25. Hi i am using Utorrent 1.8.1 i do all above setting but my download speed is as usual as befor 25kb/s.My net plan is 256 kb/s.please give me setting to increase my torrent speed.

  26. OMG…what a suggestions. My u-torrent download speed changed abruptly to almost triple. I always use PFConfig for updating router function which is supposed to accelerate the download. But now I almost stopped using it. I’m really grateful for this post. Thanks

    • try using cheat engine 5.5 software it will boost ur speed to maxlimit

      after downloading cheat engine software
      Goto process select utorrent icon
      and then mark the checkbox with title enable speedhack and set it to 0.1

      ur speed will boost to maximum.

  27. Hey,Great advice there, I find some ISP actually block you from seeding however there are bypass’ now.Thanks for this, it should come in hand.By the way, I like your blog theme. : )Cheers

  28. Hey,

    Great advice there, I find some ISP actually block you from seeding however there are bypass’ now.
    Thanks for this, it should come in hand.
    By the way, I like your blog theme. : )


  29. Great tips.
    My torrents have always been extrememly slow, but hopefully using your guide I will be able to dramitically increase the speed.

  30. “70 (for 256k) is optimal for other connections use this formula: upload speed * 1.3”

    256k is 256k bytes or 256k bits please?

  31. Sometimes the user is “admin” and pass is nothing, but sometimes pass is “password”.

    So try using,


    If this does not work let us know. 🙂

  32. @ Ryan
    Thanks for going through this article. There are number of things you need to make sure you’ve done them correctly.

    1. Make sure your port is forwarded properly, as Eric suggested go through portforward.com

    2. Make sure your automatic updates are turned off, it reverts the settings back to the default one.

    3. When applying the patch, you can enter any number between 50 to 80 try applying the patch again with some other value between 50 to 80.

    4. you can check your connection speed from speedtest.net to accurately calculate your upload and download speed.

    5. Your download speed also depends upon how much you’ve uploaded,
    the better the ratio, the better u’l get the download speed. So try to maintain the ratio above 1 to get good downloading speeds.

    If you still find any problem, do let us know.

  33. Mmm, strange.

    I normally you Vuze, however I decided to download uTorrent and try the settings accoring to my broadband speed.

    I decided to download a 183mb file that is well seeded for a test and these were the results:
    Vuze : 46 mins
    uTorrent (without the optimisation) : 32 mins
    uTorrent (with the optimisation) : 1 hr 13 mins

    I went through your details step by step, and found it actually slowed down the download quite significantly. I went through the steps twice to make sure I had everything as described, but still the same result.

    • I found that by ticking the protocol encryption box that the speed is bottlenecked by the encryption process, this box only needs to be ticked if you ISP is picky about torrents. 🙂

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