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How To Increase Torrent Speeds With A VPN

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Friday, October 16th, 2015


Over the last one and a half decade, bittorrenting has emerged as one of the best ways to share and download content on the web. The technology facilitates sharing of large files by breaking them into hundreds (or even thousands) of small pieces which can then be downloaded or shared individually. The popularity of the technology can be gauged from the fact that bittorrenting traffic accounts for as much as 35 percent of total internet traffic within United States and a significant percentage of total online traffic. However, the use of the technology is also controversial since it facilitates sharing and downloading of pirated and copyrighted material.

How ISPs Deal With Torrents?

Torrents usually consume a lot of bandwidth so many ISPs prefer to throttle bittorrenting (a practice known as traffic shaping) rather than risk downtimes or outages. When service providers resort to such tactics, users can browse the internet at usual speeds but they experience significant slowdowns while downloading or sharing content via torrents. It must also be kept in mind that the use of torrents by users may create legal headaches for ISPs so many service providers choose to block them altogether.

How ISPs Are Able To Throttle Bittorrenting Traffic?

ISPs are able to throttle torrenting speeds because they know exactly what you are doing on the internet. Since every bit of your internet traffic gets routed through the servers of your ISP, it is able to identify and segregate traffic into different categories (for example, browsing, torrenting, VOIP, streaming etc.) and impose restrictions on them. Your ISP may utilize a variety of techniques, including Deep Packet Inspection, to analyze the traffic passing through its servers and shape it as it sees fit. When your ISP throttles torrenting speeds, the situation is akin to driving a supercar on a highway where the maximum speed is restricted to 10 miles an hour.

Bypassing ISP Throttling And Improving Torrent Speeds

While you can definitely try to improve speeds of your torrenting sessions by tinkering with the settings of your bittorrenting client, it is possible to bypass ISP throttling altogether by subscribing to a VPN service. Since VPNs encrypt traffic with a very strong encryption and routes them through a secure tunnel, even your ISP won’t be able to make out what you are doing on the internet. And as long as your ISP isn’t able to identify the underlying traffic, it won’t be able to slow down bittorrenting (or any other type of) sessions.

How To Use VPNs To Speed Up Torrenting

Step 1) Subscribe to a torrent friendly VPN service. To help you with your decision process, we have already compiled a list of torrent friendly VPN providers here: https://vpncoupons.com/5-of-the-best-vpn-providers-for-bittorrenting-activities/

It is also advisable to subscribe to a VPN service that comes with an internet kill switch so that your real IP address never gets leaked in case the connection breaks off for any reason.

Step 2) Download the VPN client provided by your service provider and install it on your computer or mobile device (all VPN providers do not offer clients so depending on your provider, you may have to configure the service manually).

Step 3) Start the VPN service by clicking on its icon and connect to a torrent friendly server. Although VPN providers have servers at dozens of locations, they permit torrenting activities only through a handful of severs. This is an important step as you don’t want to break the terms of service of your service provider. Once connected, verify that your IP address has changed by visiting an IP checking website.

Step 4) Start your bittorrenting client and initiate the torrenting session. Now, you can download and share content without worrying about throttling or monitoring carried out by your ISP.


October 16, 2015
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