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Hi guys. I just changed my ISP and I got a problem with it. The ISP cannot find the problem, so I thought you guys can help me. Here's my problem:

My ISP claims to be a 7 mb/s connection. I tested the speed on the internet and it's a 5.2 mb/s. When I download something directly in my browser, I can download at about 500 kb/s. When I download a .torrent with uTorrent or Vuze (formely Azureus), my max speed is 30 kb/s !! All the ports are open, I did the tests too. My firewall rules are alright. I really don't know what could be the problem ! I didn't have any problems with my older ISP. As soon as I connect the computer to my older ISP, it downloads really good.

I need your help again, if you can !!

edit: My modem is a router at the same time. It's a 2wire model 2701HG-G.

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When youre downloading a file it is downloading from that sites file server so you are receiving the speed at what they are allocating to you. When you torrent if its that slow it is not the ISP that is the issue but the torrent itself, few seeds or seeds uploading slowly. Not your ISP
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I tested something this morning. I downloaded a torrent with my older ISP. I was downloading it at 900 kb/s (it's a 10mb/s connection). I switched to my new ISP and I was downloading at 35 kb/s. The SAME torrent !!! I don't think it's the torrent the problem, but something with the ISP or the modem/router.
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then if it is still slow its not so much the modem but the ISP is throttling your speed
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What type of physical connection is each ISP? How are you able to switch between them easily?
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If you're using a torrent then I bet there is a few dead trackers listed on the torrent so when you're downloading it will send packets to dead trackers causing a slower speed. Use uTorrent and under the trackers tab highlight the dead trackers and hit the delete key.

Best from what I can tell you're using DSL and most DSL providers can only push anywhere from 1.2MB to around 6MB depending on the lines running to the house let alone how old the wiring is inside your home is. For a example my outside lines were replaced with Cat5, from the street to the box on the side of the house. The lines inside my home were the older style giving me 1.2MB on a 6MB connection. After upgrading the line from outside to my office I was getting around 4MB then made a custom cable from the wall jack to the modem I was getting around 5MB.

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as for torrents its easy,some isp providers block torrents(there non legal).
i fixed that at my place by encrypting my incoming and outgoing material.
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I also forgot to mention that the big tracker servers like mini-nova and thepiratebay are closed so it will be a bit slower then normal.

Torrents are not illegal but used in illegal software pirating. BitTorrent was created for sharing opensource, GPL and freeware software. Most ISPs do not block those ports but will limit the bandwidth to those ports.
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Most ISPs do not block those ports but will limit the bandwidth to those ports.
That's what I've heard from my buddy that has the same ISP. They throttling the connection for the P2P from 10PM to 2AM. When I did the test, it was 1:30AM, so that's why I got those results. I just retested and it downloads at 600 kb/s with the new ISP, as it supposes to download.
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What type of physical connection is each ISP? How are you able to switch between them easily?
I still have the modem for the old ISP and it's connected by cable. The new ISP is using the phone lines. So I just have to switch my ethernet cable between the 2 modems.

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as for torrents its easy,some isp providers block torrents(there non legal).
i fixed that at my place by encrypting my incoming and outgoing material.
How do you encrypt it ??
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I still have the modem for the old ISP and it's connected by cable. The new ISP is using the phone lines. So I just have to switch my ethernet cable between the 2 modems.

DSL and Cable will both interact differently in data volume and others on the line at the same time... It was my impression that Cable would run faster, but the more people on the line in the local network (your city block, etc), the slower you go... if no one is on, it is blazing fast... the more people you add, the more you have to share the data pipe.

With DSL, it seems less dependant on your neighborhood size and usage, but is a LOT more dependant on hardware and distance to the fiber optic translater... My brother, for example, is in a rural area, and the phone company has he translater on the corner of his lot. He buys the CHEAPEST data plan, something like 3 mb... but he gets speeds up around 20 most of the time because of his distance and the fact he lives in new construction so the wiring is in good condition.

That is my mildly educated understanding anyway.
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