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August 17, 2006

Setting up uTorrent for Optimum Performance

Filed under: software, tutorial — bardicknowledge @ 1:42 pm

 **If you are looking for information on the new WebUI check out my new post on how to use it here**
IF YOU WANT A GUIDE ON HOW JUST TO INCREASE YOUR SPEED, GO HERE

Check out here for part 2 of this guide!

Well, since I’m pretty sure I’m going to be bored almost all morning, I am going to work on this as I putter about. This task is as much for me as it is for those that read it. Not only am I doing to share my setup, but I am going to read through the official guides and FAQ’s and hope to explain the purpose behind all the options. My goal is to this all in a manner that will allow the average person to read and understand what they are doing and make a guide that can easily and quickly read/searched.

**Please note before starting that the settings I’m using are for my connection speed and pc. They may be different for you. They are only there as guides**

**All my current settings will be in brackets () after each option’s explanation**

**Also note that I am using uTorrent. If you don’t have the newest uTorrent please visit ( http://utorrent.com/download.php ) and download the latest version**

First thing is first. If you haven’t installed the latest version, do so. It is 1.6 right now (July/14/06). After you have it installed and ready to go we will get cracking!

Almost everything we will be doing will be in the Options->Preferences window, so go there right now. If you can’t find this, it on the top tool bar. If you still can’t find this, you may need more than my help just to use your PC.
When you open the preferences screen, you will several sub screens down the left hand side (General, Connection, Advanced, etc etc).

General

Where better to start, eh? Well when you open the general screen you have several options to choose from, all of these pretty general but I will explain.If you can understand basic program principals, you can skip this section. I am just doing this to say that I covered all bases.

Check for updates automatically – Checking this option will give uTorrent permission to check the website for a newer version.
(Checked)

Confirm when deleting torrents – This will prompt you to confirm that you actually want to delete the torrent. I recommend this. It can save you a lot of hassle, if you say were to delete the wrong torrent.
(Checked)

Show confirmation dialog on exit – Just prompts you asking if you really want to exit.
(Checked)

Close to tray – Checking this means that when you try to close it (pushing the ‘X’ button) the program will minimize itself to the system tray.
(Checked)

Minimize to tray – When you click the minimize button ( ‘-‘ in the top right corner) that it will minimize to the system tray.
(Unchecked)

Always show tray icon – Will display the uTorrent icon always when in system tray if this is checked.
(Checked)

Single Click on tray icon to open – Opens uTorrent from the system tray with a single click.
(Unchecked)

Show balloon notifications in tray – When there’s an error or a torrent is completed, a balloon notifying you to this will appear.
(Checked)

Always activate when clicked – Will activate program in the system tray so that it will be soon.
(Checked)

Alternate list background color – Will change the background color.
(Unchecked)

Show speed limits in the status bar – This will display upload (U) and download (D) speeds in the status bar. This means your max D/U before your current D/U speeds (the status bar is the bottom bar).
(Checked)

Show current speed in the title bar – Displays D/U in the title bar
(Checked)

Show graphical progress bar – Displays a blue par showing the current progress of the torrent.
(Checked)

Check association on startup – Checks to open torrent files when started.
(Checked)

Start uTorrent on system startup – When your system has been reset or turned on, uTorrent will start with the rest of the machine.
(Checked)

Downloads

Parts of this section will be based on who you have your file structure, if you have any structure at all you how your files are stored.

 

Put new downloads in: – This is where the whole personal file structure comes into play. Here you will need to decide where to save your incomplete files. I don’t recall where it saves to by default (possibly desktop) but I’m sure you won’t want to save there. What I did was create a folder called “Incomplete” and saved all my incomplete torrents there.
(Torrents/Incomplete)

Always show dialog on manual add – When you add a torrent a prompt will appear asking you to confirm adding the torrent. In this prompt you can select which files from the torrent you wish you download, file location (will default to previous setting) and several other small options.
(Checked)

Move completed downloads to: – This is another part in the section which depends on your file structure. You can set it though, that when a torrent is finished, it will automatically move the finish file/directory to a new folder of your choice.
(Torrents/Complete)

Only move from default directory – If you choose to have the download elsewhere when you start it, it won’t be moved to the completed downloads folder when completed. Only files that are saved to the default folder will be moved.
(Checked)

Append the torrent’s label to its directory – This will add the torrents label to its directory name.
(Checked)

Don’t start the download automatically – This will (if the queue allows) will have the torrent automatically start.
(Unchecked)

Activate the program window – When you add a torrent, this will activate (open) uTorrent and prompt you. Unchecked it will not open the program window, just the prompt.
(Unchecked)

Show a window that displays the files inside the torrent – This gives you the option of seeing the files with a torrent when you add it
(Checked)

Append .!ut to incomplete files – This will just add a .!ut to the end of incomplete files. Designed to allow you to know the file isn’t completed. You won’t have this problem if you set up your directories properly.
(Unchecked)

Pre-allocate all files – This option is highly recommend to be checked! When you start a torrent, it will reserve the space for the complete download on your hard drive before it starts.
(Checked)

Prevent stand-by if there are active torrents – This will prevent your PC from entering stand-by mode (turning off hard disks) when you have an active torrent.
(Checked)

Connection

This part is one of the most important. I will use external links for this since someone has already done a really good job of explaining how to configure your router/set up a static IP.

Port used for incoming connection – For the port just hit randomize a few times until you find a number you like then leave it. You will use this number to set up a static IP with an open port to allow for faster downloads.

http://www.portforward.com/networking/static-xp.htm
Follow the directions to set up your static IP address.

After that follow http://www.portforward.com/english/routers/port_forwarding/routerindex.htm
Select your router then select uTorrent on the next page. I will explain how to port forward your connection.

Randomize port each time uTorrent starts – Do not have this clicked if you are port forwarding! This will change the port uTorrent is listening to for the change. It will still let you download, but you will no longer have the advantage of a port forwarded connection.
(Unchecked)

Enable UPnP port mapping – This is only useful when you don’t have your port forwarded. What it will do is automatically map your port but it doesn’t always your well with some routers. If you are unable to port forward, you should have this and ‘randomize port’ checked.
(Unchecked)

Add uTorrent to windows firewall exceptions – This will add uTorrent to Windows Firewall exceptions, allowing it access to the net.
(Unchecked – I don’t have Windows Firewall)

Proxy Server – I don’t play with that. It’s not required you play with this to get good speeds. If you wish to know more about the proxy server go to (http://utorrent.com/faq.php ) for more info.

Global maximum upload rate – This requires you to do some math. You do not want this at unlimited but you don’t want to share too little since the bit torrent protocol is designed so that the more you share the more you download.

For this you are going to want to go into Options->Speedguide and run the speed test. I want you to write down your max upload speed, which is in kbits/s.

Next go ahead and get 80% of that number by multiplying it by 0.8. This way your whole connection won’t be eaten by your upload.

After this, divide your number by 8 so you get the final number in kBytes/s (there are 8 bits to a byte).

Now you can enter this number into the max upload.

You can do something similar to your download rate if you want to control your connection but you don’t need to.

Bit Torrent

The best way I have found to fill out the Number of connection fields is to allow the Speed Guide to do so and tweak them as you see appropriate. What you do is find the speed that is closest to your speed and copy the global max, max peers and upload slots. If you select a speed , it will undo previous settings.

Global max number of connections – This is a total of how many incoming/outgoing connections you can have.
(750)

Max number of connected peers per torrent – Like stated before, I let the speed guide pick this number for me. But it is how many people you can connect with per torrent. Too many and it will flood and slow your torrent down, too little and it won’t download at its full speed. So just let the program set it.
(120)

Number of upload slots per torrent – This is how many people can upload from you at once.
(16)

Use additional upload slots if upload speed is <90% – If your upload speeds are less than 90% it will allow more people to upload from you
(Checked)

**NOTE**
Before I start this I want to explain DHT and Peer Exchange:
DHT is basically a way for peers to communicate without the BT tracker. Each person have a few other keys (addresses to other pc’s) and peer exchange will allow you to connect to other uTorrent users and get their peer list for a torrent

Enable DHT network – This allows you to do what I stated above
(Checked)

Ask tracker for scrape information – I don’t really know about this one :S It from what I can gather asks the tracker about old information that may lead to connections.
(Checked)

Enable DHT for new torrents – Allows you to use the DHT network when you add new torrents.
(Checked)

Enable Peer Exchange – Allows Peer exchange (see note for the section)
(Checked)

Protocol Encryption Outgoing – This could save you the trouble of an ISP that watches for BT traffic.
(Enabled)

Allow legacy connections – Allows for non-encrypted connections to connect
(Checked)

The rest will follow in part 2 later.

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59 Comments »

  1. Thanx a lot. That helped me understand a few things.

    Comment by jose — August 31, 2006 @ 12:06 am

  2. Great.
    Looking foreward to part 2.

    Comment by Martin Stubbs — September 25, 2006 @ 7:07 am

  3. This recommends FAR too many upload slots!

    Comment by Switeck — October 14, 2006 @ 2:24 pm

  4. they are my personal settings for a 10mbit/sec line. i explained how to derive your own

    Comment by bardicknowledge — October 14, 2006 @ 2:52 pm

  5. I love You so Much. Thanks for d tip bro!

    Comment by popeye — November 4, 2006 @ 8:57 am

  6. well done, u helped me with my guide, i expect part two

    thanx again

    Comment by Shad0w_z0nE — November 18, 2006 @ 3:48 pm

  7. Thanks,

    Just awaiting for part 2.

    Comment by Maloya — November 19, 2006 @ 4:59 pm

  8. I have 256kb/s connection, How can I speed up u torrent. let me know the settings.

    Comment by Anshuman — December 2, 2006 @ 12:37 pm

  9. Thanks man,

    I went through each of your steps and it works perfectly now. I installed utorrent only two days ago downloading at shitty 4kB/s and now it surprisingly goes at 300kB/s. appreciate your guide really. thanks again.

    Comment by Juraj — January 6, 2007 @ 8:42 am

  10. great job ,now part 2

    Comment by brobell — February 24, 2007 @ 10:38 pm

  11. what is ( bt.connect_speed 20) in utorrent advanced setting. can i change it to 25 for more speed

    Comment by brobell — February 25, 2007 @ 9:23 pm

  12. IF YOU WANT A GUIDE ON HOW JUST TO INCREASE YOUR SPEED, GO HERE

    i entered there and it told me to download a hack that wanted to change my windows settings … i wasn’t to sure about it so i didn’t go through with it ..

    can you explain the hack thing better please ..

    Comment by rafael — March 29, 2007 @ 6:30 pm

  13. i had another problem … in the port forwarding page my router model doesn’t appear
    what should i do ?

    i have a belkin f5d7000tt and its not listed in there ..

    Comment by rafael — March 29, 2007 @ 7:40 pm

  14. Thanks a lot….this helped me have a more clearer understanding for the settings and to get faster connections

    Comment by konvinced — April 8, 2007 @ 12:19 am

  15. A clear insight into a minefield.
    Pat yourself on the back.

    You deserve it.

    Comment by Derick — April 17, 2007 @ 8:16 pm

  16. i dont have a router i have modem though motorolaSB5101 but i dont get good speeds while downloading.

    a proxy connect error: no conenction could be made because the target machine is actively refusing connection.

    i get like 5 mb download speed what can be done??????

    Comment by shania — April 25, 2007 @ 2:25 pm

  17. cheers 4 all of that.help me a lot since i’m still learning how to use utorrent.had problems with speed test tho.

    Comment by ant — May 14, 2007 @ 5:26 pm

  18. Glad that I found this sweet explanation!! Now I know how to config a good half of torrent… hope I figure out how to do the second one soon :)) Great work!!!

    Comment by Ilya — June 3, 2007 @ 2:42 am

  19. well it’s great work but all that is written here i know. i need help in different thing…… well i don’t have port farwarded, my download speed is 9-10 kb midday and 17-30 kb at night (not on every torrent site)…… i am tortured because it takes 2 day to download One tree hill and Smallville’s one episode (tv show size is 350 MB)… plz tell me what to do ( i download it from torrentz.com)i can’t farward it because i don’t know the password of my router (it isn’t 1234 ) so …. and would you tell me, if i farward it the speed will grow up ? or there isn’t any difference between????? 🙂

    Comment by smallville357 — June 8, 2007 @ 8:24 am

  20. Is there anything I can do if I don’t have access to the router? I am using a wireless connection and the system connected to the net is not mine.

    Thanks for all the info ;O)

    Comment by bob — August 14, 2007 @ 3:19 pm

  21. Just a note on portforwarding. It is really easy… Think of it this way: Your router is a doorman and gets its data from your internet provider that allocates an IP address. Your router uses this IP address all the time to communicate with your ISP but the router hides you from the outside world and talks to you via its internal IP address called the Gateway. You can have lots of connections to the gateway and one of these is a fixed IP address your router requires to forward its ports to. You need to set up a static IP address (static) for your router in Windows (instead of using DHCP which issues a dynamic one) and then setup the same in the router. My Dlink simply asks for the address and a name for it!

    My router is D-Link G604T using 192.168.1.1 as its gateway address so I use 192.168.1.2 as the fixed IP (I used 2 for simplicity but could’ve used 50 or even 100). Then I go to “Virtual Server” to add ports to forward. To finish you usually must save and reboot.

    Is this any better than uPnP? Well not really unless your router doesn’t do uPnP very well. uPnP automates matching data to ports and when it works it is just as good! Certain online games (BF2142 for one) benefit from having ports forwarded so its probably worth learning how.

    Mart.

    Comment by Martin — October 9, 2007 @ 11:14 pm

  22. Hmm Bob, I wonder about your connection ;). Your wireless connection will have an IP address allocated to it. You still will need the admin of the router to do it for you but port forwarding to a wireless connection is exactly the same as to a wired connection. The only issue is that usually the IP address is allocated dynamically on a first come first served basis, but it can be made static on most routers I think.

    Comment by Martin — October 9, 2007 @ 11:19 pm

  23. hi all. i made astatic IP and forwarded and everything, but i still get 15 kB download on my utorrent. Can someone help me please?

    Comment by bj — November 14, 2007 @ 3:51 pm

  24. I have tried to do all that you have said but now my download speed is 0. Before it was around 20.What do I do?!!

    Comment by Louis — January 4, 2008 @ 6:06 pm

  25. If you are having trouble accessing your router, the default username and password for majority of routers is “admin”, “admin”. You can (and I would recommend) changing the username and password once you get into your router.

    Comment by Bob — January 10, 2008 @ 11:02 am

  26. Yep thanks for that…… not for sure if it is optimal…. because there is stuff in there that helps other people download faster when your uploading which will make your download speed slower…. but when i did this my down speed was faster so thanks….

    Comment by Michael — February 16, 2008 @ 11:30 pm

  27. Thanks for all the help. This brought my speed back up to 250 from the 20’s and 30’s 😀

    Comment by Dave — March 5, 2008 @ 2:58 pm

  28. Every1 that is with BT Broadband will be getting capped in the daytime. There is no way around this!!!

    Just change to something like, Bethere <ISP. (When your contract is ending).

    Comment by Sparky — April 5, 2008 @ 10:26 am

  29. big help! thanks

    Comment by shane — June 5, 2008 @ 10:56 am

  30. Can anyone suggest a good internet provider, im still using like 1.5 Mbs and its slow as crap top download speed on normal files (not torrents) is like 113 kb/s its slow and crappy and also limits what sqeed i can get from torrents. i need something faster, what is a good speed to pay for 10MBs? im guessing thats pricey thanks for the help.(i hope)

    Comment by John — July 2, 2008 @ 11:27 pm

  31. I recommend leaving the directory right where it is at after the torrent finishes. If you send it to another drive and you torrent a lot then there will be a whole bunch of copying files and using cpu cycles(only if you do movies and huge torrents).

    Comment by bruce — October 2, 2008 @ 9:30 am

  32. thanHmm Bob, I wonder about your connection ;). Your wireless connection will have an IP address allocated to it. You still will need the admin of the router to do it for you but port forwarding to a wireless connection is exactly the same as to a wired connection. The only issue is that usually the IP address is allocated dynamically on a first come first served basis, but it can be made static on most routers I think.

    Comment by saeed adawe — October 14, 2008 @ 6:38 pm

  33. Thank you…

    Comment by Viper — November 8, 2008 @ 5:21 pm

  34. This below turned my slow download into a rocket

    Global max number of connections – This is a total of how many incoming/outgoing connections you can have.
    (750)

    Max number of connected peers per torrent – Like stated before, I let the speed guide pick this number for me. But it is how many people you can connect with per torrent. Too many and it will flood and slow your torrent down, too little and it won’t download at its full speed. So just let the program set it.
    (120)

    Number of upload slots per torrent – This is how many people can upload from you at once.
    (16)

    Comment by Lisa — December 19, 2008 @ 6:36 am

  35. hi. i have a problem! when i close uTorrent all my torrents are dissapearing. i am an Admin on one tracker and i can’t let that happen cause i must seed for others! please help! 😦

    Comment by Wasteland — December 20, 2008 @ 4:58 am

  36. thanks, very usefull!

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  38. dsl reports – i get 4898Kbs download with 1540Kbs upload. utorrent upload is set at 10. The other numbers are set at 325, 210, and 8. getting 620kB/s dspeed, is that cool?

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  42. Thanks a lot man! My download speed went up instantly. Cheers…

    Comment by Shardul — April 5, 2009 @ 4:06 am

  43. Are these good download speeds for a 2mbit connection (MY INTERNET PROVIDER SAYS IT’S 2MBIT. BUT SPEED TESTS SHOW IT TO BE 1.7MBIT)?
    – between 50 and 156 KB/s *400kb/s-1000kb/s – MOST OF THE TIME VERY NEAR THE HIGHER END.
    My download speed CAN fluctuate a lot- is this also
    normal?

    THANKS for any response, and thanks for the guide.

    Comment by Ben Finesilver — April 22, 2009 @ 10:40 am

  44. APOLOGIES! 156KB/s = 1248kb/s

    Comment by Ben Finesilver — April 22, 2009 @ 10:44 am

  45. how to wireless management of torrent pls answer…

    Comment by ashfaq — June 16, 2009 @ 12:31 pm

  46. joined torrentday which is a awesome site, but lately when seeding I can not connect with peers my ratio is staying at 0. now when going to other torrent sites I have no problem connecting or seeding my ratio is always great. Is it something torrentday recently started doing.when first joined ratio and seeding was no problem. Thanks for any feedback that you can offer.

    Comment by meemaw0216 — January 12, 2010 @ 12:56 pm

  47. Very detailed explanation to every menu available under uTorrent.

    Comment by Arun — February 20, 2010 @ 3:30 am

  48. I would like to see some information on Queueing in UTorrent 2.0.3 , as it is 2010 now and this forum was made August 17, 2006, and the last comment was posted February 20, 2010. My question is: when will the creator of this forum reply to comments, and will you update this forum or put a link in somewhere to redirect your readers to the updated versions of your information? anyways it helped a little but i already knew alot of what you have posted here :p and yes you have too many upload slots, way too many, the maximum(14) is still way too much, i recommend reducing that number to(6) that is what i have done and it has optimised it alot more as the minimum is(5) and the maximum(14) taking it to(6) makes everyone happy 🙂

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