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Torrent tip: Use a non-standard listen port range



When starting your torrent client, select a random range of ports not in the usual torrent band from 6881-6999. Many ISP's are naively shaping traffic on those ports to keep P2P uses from taking bandwidth from their precious web users. By announcing ports outside that range, you can often escape the shaping and get full speed that would otherwise be throttled. I've been using ranges in the 50000's, but any random port range between 1024 and 65535 should work. Newer clients can serve from a single port. Older clients require a range, which should be between 10 and 100 ports, as they serve each peer on a different port.


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