FAQ: recommendations for P2P/torrent issues

Probably the most significant factor I am aware of with people who experience problems with P2P/torrent traffic is something that is actually out of their control: the network traffic management system employed by vividwireless.

What you need to know is that vividwireless de-prioritise P2P/torrent traffic when compared with other protocols such as HTTP (web browsing), SMTP, POP3 or IMAP (email), VOIP (voice over IP), and so on. The effect of this de-prioritisation is this: time-critical traffic like VOIP always gets processed first, then HTTP, SMTP and so on next ... and last of all P2P/torrent ... and if total bandwidth is under pressure at all, the P2P/torrent traffic will suffer.

There are a few things that you can do to maximise the effectiveness of your torrent client. For example:
* ensure that you have port forwarding enabled (see instructions at www.portforward.com for example) ... this can be done for both the Home Gateway and for the ViViFi modems (but not for the USB modem as far as I know)
* limit the total number of concurrent connections in your torrent client to about 50
* don't download more than 1 torrent at a time
* don't seed while downloading

You will probably find that your torrent client will perform much faster at "off-peak" times (e.g. early hours of the morning) when competing traffic is minimal.

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