Capped during daytime? Bt Broadband

im with bt broadband and i seem to be capped when downloading torrents during the daytime, it hangs around 7kbps, but around 12 midnight my speed will pick up to 600kbps and then 10am the next day it will drop back down to 7kbps

I seem to be able to download ok off rapidshare and mediafire during the daytime its just the torrents, the speed seems to be capped to 7kbps which is useless really

is BT restricting me? and is there any way around this?
as i say i can download anything else at a good speed during the daytime except torrents, and its not just one torrent its every torrent

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Yes they cap you and there's not anything you can do about it.

If you're looking for an alternative try newsgroups

yeah after midnight its uncapped

BT cap p2p traffic during peak periods, as suggested try newsgroups.

BT (like ALL ISP's) prioritise traffic (every ISP prioritieses VOIP traffic for a very good reason - if theres a 0.5 sec delay loading your porn you wont care, if every word you say on Skype has a 0.5 sec delay it will be annoying!). Most ISP's throttle BitTorrent during peak times as it's an area of bandwidth they feel they can cut back on.

BT definately throttle BitTorrent and theres not really much you can do about it (besides using packet encryption and changing the default port - but even then BT employ deep packet encryption so they should probably still be able to see what it is and throttle it unfortunately). More annoyingly BT even employ FTP throttling at some times!

Feel free to ring BT to see what they'll do - but when I tried (to ask them wtf they were doing throttling FTP downloads) they refused to admit they were doing it and played dumb

i dont seem to get capped much, i hit around 2-3mb during peak and 7-8mb off peak. i no longer go crazy with downloads tho so no need i guess to screw my speed down.

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surely they dont cap from 600kbps down to 7kbps!

Mines capped between the hours of 16:00 - 00:00 (Midnight).

More or less max speed between those times.

csiman;6186919

surely they dont cap from 600kbps down to 7kbps!


You'll not get much more than that with torrrents through the day. I can understand why they do it to a certain pont, but some legitimate stuff (game patches, o/s's full free games) are distrubuted via bittorrent. Just because it is bittorrent doesn't mean it's illegal or bad. Thats why I jumped to newsgroups ages ago, not gonna leave BT as I don't pay for it.

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Paddy_o_furniture;6186965

You'll not get much more than that with torrrents through the day. I can … You'll not get much more than that with torrrents through the day. I can understand why they do it to a certain pont, but some legitimate stuff (game patches, o/s's full free games) are distrubuted via bittorrent. Just because it is bittorrent doesn't mean it's illegal or bad. Thats why I jumped to newsgroups ages ago, not gonna leave BT as I don't pay for it.


blimey! and VM gets really bad press for dropping from 1000kbps to 250kbps :w00t:

surprised anyone who downloads uses BT!

"is BT restricting me?" ]Glasnost :thinking:

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Result......

There's no indication that your ISP rate limits your BitTorrent downloads. In our tests a TCP download achieved at least 4 Kbps while a BitTorrent download achieved at most 7 Kbps. ...... lol

Cheers peeps, not much i can do then

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dark_like_vader;6190604

Result......There's no indication that your ISP rate limits your … Result......There's no indication that your ISP rate limits your BitTorrent downloads. In our tests a TCP download achieved at least 4 Kbps while a BitTorrent download achieved at most 7 Kbps. ...... lolCheers peeps, not much i can do then


switch to O2

contract is void as service levels are so bad I reckon

Realise you don't want to switch from BT as it's paid for, but newnet.co.uk/bro…php don't traffic shape etc, which means that you get a reliable speed all day long. Great value too.
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