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    Hey all. I can share at good down/up speeds (more than 20x my normal bandwidth) with peers on my WAN. Is there way to kick all other peers except the ones on my WAN on a single torrent? I want to keep my normal bandwidth channels free for browsing and other online activities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hulabula View Post
    Hey all. I can share at good down/up speeds (more than 20x my normal bandwidth) with peers on my WAN. Is there way to kick all other peers except the ones on my WAN on a single torrent?
    Use the ipfilter.dat to block all IP ranges except the ones those peers are on. Other than that, uTorrent won't let you hand-pick who you want to connect to (as far as I know).
    Last edited by anon; 11-05-2010 at 04:31 PM.
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    You could write an IP filter to block every IP except for the range for your internal WAN. This would be utterly pointless though and defeats the entire purpose of torrenting. What if you're trying to download something that a peer on your WAN doesn't have a copy?

    If you're concerned about other online activities, consider throttling your speeds, max number of peers, or perhaps setting up some QoS rules on your router.
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    u are somewhat fairer then the last occasions but still pal i give a damn to what u said and expect i really dont need anything from u or optimuscrime i get what i want coz u 2 guyes dont own bittorrent and i dont think i portrayed any image i wrote simple english and u are seems to be very good at making assumptions if someone is not a cheater and u assume he's a cheater and write what u wrote and when u are proven wrong who u think will owe an apology then barack obama????

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    Quote Originally Posted by anon-sbi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by hulabula View Post
    Hey all. I can share at good down/up speeds (more than 20x my normal bandwidth) with peers on my WAN. Is there way to kick all other peers except the ones on my WAN on a single torrent?
    Use the ipfilter.dat to block all IP ranges except the ones those peers are on. Other than that, uTorrent won't let you hand-pick who you want to connect to (as far as I know).
    This works. We used to do the same back on ed2k times, when we had limited international traffic. I remember you had to change the ipfilter.dat loading parameter to accept only and then insert the allowed ip ranges on a ipfilter.dat.
    Do you know which are the ranges you want to allow ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabalo View Post
    This works. We used to do the same back on ed2k times, when we had limited international traffic.
    Some Portuguese guy/team coded a mod called eMule Bowlfish, which as far as I know is the same as the official program, except that it has the "connect to Portugal IPs only" feature built-in.

    Just in case anyone's reading this and interested, here's a site that will give you all known IP ranges for one or more countries:
    http://ip.ludost.net/
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    That's exactly the bowlfish I was talking about. I know personally one of the coders, and at some point I was involved on the beta testing and feature development.
    I'll check my stuff, I probably have the how-to filter IP ranges somewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabalo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by anon-sbi View Post
    Use the ipfilter.dat to block all IP ranges except the ones those peers are on. Other than that, uTorrent won't let you hand-pick who you want to connect to (as far as I know).
    This works. We used to do the same back on ed2k times, when we had limited international traffic. I remember you had to change the ipfilter.dat loading parameter to accept only and then insert the allowed ip ranges on a ipfilter.dat.
    Do you know which are the ranges you want to allow ?
    The thing is I don't want to globally ban ip ranges of peers outside my WAN. I want to get rid of non-local peers only on just a handful of torrents and temporarily too. Temporarily because often we split the bandwidth load when downloading large packs, so at one time or another I have to connect to non-local peers on the respective torrents. But thanks for the advice about ipfilter. I hadn't thought of that. I can simply use two clients- one with ipfilter enabled and the other without.

    Quote Originally Posted by ca_aok View Post
    What if you're trying to download something that a peer on your WAN doesn't have a copy?
    Yeah, that's the case most of the times. But we collaborate when we want local peer transfers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hulabula View Post
    But thanks for the advice about ipfilter. I hadn't thought of that. I can simply use two clients- one with ipfilter enabled and the other without.
    And you can disable or swap the ipfilter.dat file for another one, and then reload it in your second instance, when you no longer want to block non-WAN peers. It's a pretty good workaround.
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    Also beware that some private trackers will assume you're cheating if they see your speeds jump several times above the reasonable speed for an ISP in your area. This happens pretty often in those situations. Personally I have local peer discovery turned off, we shared stuff across our university's WAN via DC++ anyway.
    Quote Originally Posted by whatcdfan View Post
    u are somewhat fairer then the last occasions but still pal i give a damn to what u said and expect i really dont need anything from u or optimuscrime i get what i want coz u 2 guyes dont own bittorrent and i dont think i portrayed any image i wrote simple english and u are seems to be very good at making assumptions if someone is not a cheater and u assume he's a cheater and write what u wrote and when u are proven wrong who u think will owe an apology then barack obama????

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    Quote Originally Posted by ca_aok View Post
    Also beware that some private trackers will assume you're cheating if they see your speeds jump several times above the reasonable speed for an ISP in your area. This happens pretty often in those situations. Personally I have local peer discovery turned off, we shared stuff across our university's WAN via DC++ anyway.
    We have been doing it on IPT for nearly 2 years and haven't run into any issues so far. I don't think speed jumps shouldn't raise any flags unless there are cheaters in the swarm, since up/down traffic should match after compensating for bad data. Besides I'm sure there is very little data available on reasonable speeds in Bangladesh (where I'm at) considering the sparse internet usage here. I don't understand why you turned LPD off, btw. It's a great feature unless you think it's an invasion of privacy or your chances of stumbling on a torrent with local peers is nil. I used to share over apps like DC++ too earlier, but now I'd rather do it over trackers since it helps in building buffers. Lucky for me that all people I transfer files to are on almost all the trackers I'm on and on the same WAN too.

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