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    Problem Resolved!
    Last edited by nye; 10-20-2010 at 06:35 PM.

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    This has a variety of causes. Firstly, not even using private trackers is a guarantee you will max your line out - which sites are you downloading from? Tell us that, and make sure you're using good max. connections and upload speed limit settings. I'd also do a Google search for your ISP's name plus "shaping" or "p2p throttling" to see if they're known to engage in such practices.
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    Excellent suggestions, thanks.
    Last edited by nye; 10-20-2010 at 06:36 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nye View Post
    I use "unlimited" settings and no caps in all of my uTorrent settings. Is that the right way to go?
    Nope, it isn't. Thankfully, uTorrent has a "guide" that will auto-detect your connection speed and set them accordingly. Close all other applications, stop all torrents, and give that a try.

    My big question is what should my limit be? I mean, I would think I would be able to download at just short of 30MB/s...you know? Is that not possible? What is the cap I should be pleased with on this specific connection, for instance?
    30MB/s is possible if there are plenty of high-speed seeders/seedboxes in the swarm, and you have a hard disk that can write at that speed.

    Most of the time you won't get continuous, maximum speed, but if you manage to reach 80% of the download rates your ISP is supposed to offer you, you can consider yourself satisfied, I think.
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    To check if your ISP's cutting you off, you could call it and accuse them of traffic-shaping, and if your complaint bears any weight your ISP will take off the speed limits promptly; if not, well you have nothing to lose anyway. But I'm sure I've seen plenty of users on IPT forums claiming they have broken 11-15mB/s in download speed, so there's a high chance that your ISP's fiddling with the flow. Mine did.

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    1,5 mb is my limit

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    Quote Originally Posted by nye View Post
    Here is a speed test:


    My big question is what should my limit be? I mean, I would think I would be able to download at just short of 30MB/s...you know? Is that not possible? What is the cap I should be pleased with on this specific connection, for instance?

    (Also, for the record, I see similar percentages off my theoretical max with upload rates.)
    Your speedtest shows ~30Mb/s. I think this is classic Mb/s and MB/s confusion (bits != bytes).

    Your ISP and the speedtest will quote your speed in megabits per second. Your torrent client will usually show you speeds in kilobytes or megabytes per second. 30Mb/s would be ~3.75MB/s. If you get around 3MB/s on your 30Mb/s line, and around 1MB/s down on your 8Mb/s line, that is correct and you are in fact maxing it out.

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