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 …

Soulseek Tutorial And Review – A Heaven For Music Downloads?

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Quick Overview: If you are into more rare music that can’t be easily found on most places online, love a more personal approach to sharing files, and have no problem with taking a little time to make everything work to its full potential, then Soulseek might be just the place for you. Soulseek not only has loads of free music, …

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, …

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 …

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 …