bittorrent speed way too low, what possible causes?

Rod Heyd rsheyd at
Fri Jun 1 20:44:45 UTC 2007

On 6/1/07, Scott (angrykeyboarder) <geekboy at> wrote:
> Around or about Friday 01 June 2007 09:36 am, stan spake thusly:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I used torrent to get the F7 live CD and DVD images.  And then let it
> > run overnight to seed.  I've tested my system with the online speed
> > sites and my upload is ~540 KB/sec.  My service from Cox says 512 -
> > 2MB/sec.
> >
> > Yet bittorrent-curses maxed out at around 70 KB/sec.  I used the
> > max_upload_rate = 0 to let it go at the maximum rate.
> >
> > I tried with the ports open and closed, no difference.
> >
> > Is there something else that would limit the upload speed from
> > bittorrent?
> >
> > I don't mind running torrents overnight as seeds as nothing
> > else is happening anyway.  But at these speeds it hardly seems
> > worthwhile.
> I'm a customer too. I'm beginning to think that not only are they
> throttling BitTorrent downloads, but that they are throttling any
> downloads
> of .iso files, period (if that's possible).  BitTorrent has been so slow
> that I gave up a few times and tried downloading from various mirrors all
> over the planet and the result was the same.
> In fact, as long as I'm downloading iso files (via BitTorrent, ftp, or
> http)
> I'm timing out on anything on the Internet (Email, Usenet, you name it).
> I've never had this problem with Cox before. It must be a new thing.
> To say it has me very unhappy is an understatement.

If Cox is throttling bittorrent they are doing it very selectively, I have
cox as well, and was able to download the DVD torrent in about 2 hours, with
download rates that varied between 512k to over 1M/s.
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