P2P: Why Can Downloading Speeds Vary So Much?

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Since file sharing relies on people sharing their bandwidth with others (either download you receive is an upload of another user who shares the data you want), your speed is the result of what others are currently able to offer you. Now, there are two essential bottlenecks: a) The uploading capacity of most peoples Internet connections is much lower than …

Port Forwarding: What Does It Mean?

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Port forwarding is necessary so that other users can reach you from the outside; place “incoming calls” so to speak, as opposed to only you contacting other users. If you can’t receive any incoming connections, you might loose peers, not being able to contact them if they, too, don’t have setup proper port forwarding. As a result, you may not …

Port Forwarding Tutorial For P2P Clients

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To get the best performance in P2P networks such as BitTorrent, you need to forward ports, otherwise you won’t be able to accept incoming connections and might miss a lot of peers / sources for your files (if you need a more detailed explanation, check out this article). Especially older file sharing protocols, such as eMule/eDonkey2000, Ares P2P, and Soulseek …

Configuring The Windows Firewall For P2P

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In some rare cases, file sharing clients can be hindered from connecting correctly because the Windows firewall blocks either incoming or outgoing connections. Admittedly, this doesn’t happen very often, since modern P2P clients tend to automatically setup exceptions in the firewall. If, however, you can’t find any other reason why you cannot accept incoming connections, or even connect at all, …

How Does P2P File Sharing Work?

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Ever since 1999, when the first P2P application, called Napster, appeared on the scene, downloading files using file sharing networks has become a national sport in almost all countries of the world. Today, almost everybody knows about torrents, sites like The Pirate Bay are more popular than ever, BitTorrent makes up to a very large number of the world wide …

Soulseek Configuration Guide

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Soulseek has a number of options, and in this walkthrough we’ll walk you through the settings and explain what they do and how to correctly setup the client for your needs. Keep in mind Soulseek works, for the most part, fine out of the box. Especially important is to setup port forwarding, because without it you won’t be able to …

Ares Galaxy – P2P For Music

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Quick Overview: Build for sharing smaller files, in particular MP3 music, Ares is particularly interesting if you like to download not whole albums but separate tracks. It uses its own network, but also supports torrents. There is a lot of music to be found, and downloads typically take a few seconds to minutes per song; rare tracks might take a …