To all BitTorrent users:
Please enable encryption if your client allows
After much tinkering and frustration at my ISP installing packet shaping for all P2P traffic, I have found that a way round it is to enable protocol encryption if your client allows it. It only works if both ends of the connection are enabled in this way so this is why I'm asking all users to enable it, even if your ISP hasn't started packet shaping/throttling yet.
To the best of my knowledge, it won't impact your connection if you are not being packet shaped, but for all us that are it will help a great deal.
Packet shaping is coming more and more common as the forums here will tell you.
As of right now, (only) the following clients support encryption:
[last updated March 11th 2006]
[last updated April 3rd 2006]
I have found some helpful snapshots showing how to enable encryption in each of the 3 compatible clients...
First, you'll have to switch to Intermediate mode to make the encryption settings visible.
Then you can set your settings as shown below.
Below are links to the official client sites explaining the various different settings.
This will tell you Azureus users all you need to know:
The above link will take you directly to "how to enable encryption", but I recommend reading through the entire page anyway. It's an interesting read and will explain it far better then I can.
And for uTorrent 1.5 users, all you need to know:
Thanking you all in advance.
Together, we can beat the evil of packet shaping!