Torrent Downloading...

This topic has been a thorn in my side for many months as many people ask me the question "How do you get proper download speeds using Torrents?"
Firstly if you are getting download rates of 3KB/s then there is more than your connection and firewall at fault it can be a number of items, a torrent has no server as you know it is P2P (Peer to Peer) which essentially means that all computers are clients to each other, they broadcast what you download to the internet (yes, this is how the RIAA get you!!) for other clients to download or upload to your PC.
Note : If you have Vista you will notice that in the Services list you will see a service named P2P Service or Peer-to-Peer Connections this has NO LINK WHATSOEVER to the Torrent P2P system....
When downloading torrents if you are a victim of slow speeds then one or more of the following is always true....
1. The number of Seeders outranks the number of Leechers*

2. The Torrent requires authentication from a website so a Auth-Key is sent

3. Your ISP do not allow P2P

4. Your router is not configured to allow P2P

5. The ports for P2P are not open correctly

6. You have only allowed one port for P2P

7. You have imposed a STUPID Upload limit
*If you try to download a Torrent that has 100 Seeders and 1510 Leechers then your download will be very slow unless all those Leechers are "Seeding" which means they have download the item and are sharing this, which essentially makes then Seeders but the system has not figured that out yet.....

I use uTorrent for Windows, this is one of thousands you can choose from, but if configured correctly and there are sufficient Seeders with a lower percentage of Leechers you can get good downloads from the P2P network...

My Connections tab is shown below, please bear in mind the port numbers have been changed for security....

Note : If you choose port 123456 ensure you open the port range TCP123456-123466.