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Torrents in China

Posted in China, Technology by Elliott Back 1 week, 6 days ago.

Using Bittorrent (BT) in China is quite a bit more difficult than in the US. Popular trackers, such as the ubiquitous PirateBay are blocked. Torrent sites are blocked. Torrent software such as uTorrent does not appear to discriminate against geographically distant peers.

Currently in Shanghai, I’m downloading a torrent with 500 seeds and another 500 peers on uTorrent. Most of these came from decentralized systems (DHT, Peer Exchange) and not from a tracker:

Name			Seeds	Peers	Downloaded
[DHT]			198	170	0
[Peer Exchange]		523	587	0
mightynova (timed out)	6	7	30

The speed is also nothing to write home about, at 10 KB/s, about 120x slower than my 1.1MB/s I get on Verizon FIOS back in NYC:

torrent-speed

According to Speakeasy’s speed test, the connection here gets 123 KB/s down, so it’s not that I’m hitting the cap, yet! If you’ve got hints, let me know.

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8 Responses to “Torrents in China”

  1. Alexology says:

    I have the same problem here. It worked like clock work for the last few months but in the last few weeks it has slowed to a crawl.

    I am no noob with computers but I am struggling with this. Any and all help is appreciated!

    Regards,
    Alexology

  2. Rob says:

    I had the same problem (lucky to get 30 KB/s in Hangzhou). Turning on protocol encryption (Preferences > BitTorrent> Protocol Encryption = Enabled) has made a huge difference, so I’m back to waiting a couple of hours to dl a movie instead of a week. Hopefully it keeps working that way!

  3. Well, nowadays most ISP throttle torrent traffic.

  4. u torrent est maintenant bloque à Pekin

  5. Don says:

    Thanks Rob, I re-set my preferences as you suggested. I am also looking into “port forwarding”… at this point I do not yet understand how to do it but I hear it helps a lot…

  6. Jovian says:

    You can also run your peer traffic and hostname lookups through a vpn or http proxy
    ..

    with my old isp in china, i would get about 100kbps without a http tunnel. now 200 is no sweat

  7. ETA Eternity says:

    I am in NB and my torrents have come to an absolute halt in the the last week. I changed my preferences as suggested about so I will see if that helps but so far nothing changed…

  8. mudhiraj says:

    Torrents in China – Asia Blog…

    Using Bittorrent (BT) in China is quite a bit more difficult than in the US. Popular trackers, such as the ubiquitous PirateBay are blocked. Torrent sites are blocked. Torrent software such as uTorre……

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