ICQ vs. uTorrent

By banani
Sep 8, 2008
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  1. Hello,
    when uTorrent is downloading while I am connected to ICQ, my ICQ connection keeps falling. For example, I'm online for 1 minute, then message Connection failed appears, suddenly I'm offline for a couple of seconds, then my ICQ starts working again. And this repeats several times until ICQ server denies to log me in due to many attemps to connect.

    Could you, possibly, give me a piece of advise?

    Thanks.
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,273   +280

    update the firmware for your router.
    excerpt from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BitTorrent_(protocol)#Network_impact
    Network impact

    CableLabs, the research organization of the North American cable
    industry, estimates that BitTorrent represents 18% of all broadband
    traffic.[10] In 2004, CacheLogic put that number at roughly 35% of all
    traffic on the Internet.[11] The discrepancies in these numbers are
    caused by differences in the method used to measure P2P traffic on the
    Internet.[12]

    Routers that use NAT, Network Address Translation, must maintain tables
    of source and destination IP addresses and ports. Typical home routers
    are limited to about 2000 table entries while some more expensive
    routers have larger table capacities. BitTorrent frequently contacts
    300-500 servers per second rapidly filling the NAT tables. This is a
    common cause of home routers locking up.[13]

  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,409   +281

    Drop your Max Connections in uTorrent.
  4. banani

    banani Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    But the download speed will be slowed down, won't it?
  5. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,576   +76

    Yes but set max connection to 55/55 depends on that router you have. Some can handle 200 connections like a DIR-655 for example. Use www.speedguide.net TCP Optimizer to tweak your system for better connection.
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,409   +281

    depends on how fast those peers you are connected to.
  7. Frenzy

    Frenzy Newcomer, in training Posts: 56

    Im guessin u aint got a fast upload connection on your DSL. if this is the case set your Utorrent to about a third of your total upload speed. what happening is the packet overheads in utorrent is maxin your connex so other programs will struggle to keep a constant connex eg IRC clients, IM progs. so if youve got a 448kbps upload set utorrent to about 15KB/s
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