Thursday, July 14, 2011

How to speed up Utorrent download

Having Utorrent slow download speed can take days to download just 1GB of files. What more frustrating is when you are subscribing to high speed connection but the download speed still extremely poor for example 0.1 kB/s to 1 kB/s only.

The reason for this is because you are not using an open port for the torrent traffic to freely flow to your network IP address. In order to find an open port for your IP address is very easy just by going to this link When the pages open up you will find your computer's IP address and open port right away.

Once you get the open port. Go back to Utorrent and apply the following settings

1. Options→Preferences or press CTRL + P on the keyboard
2. Connection→Copy and Paste the open port into the Port used for incoming connections box and click "Apply"
3. Click Bandwidth and Apply the following:
  • Maximum upload rate (kB/s): [0: unlimited] = 20
  • Maximum download rate (kB/s): [0: unlimited] = 200
4. Click Apply and OK

Now leave your torrent download speed to pickup. Check it out after 3-5 minutes later it will increase accordingly.

Warning!!: Open port are vurnerable to attacks as the traffic is not filtered. Therefore only apply the open port when you are downloading, once you have finish go back to your Utorrent setting and click random port for the torrent to reset.

Refer to the port range below:
  • Well Known Ports: 0 through 1023 → (filtered (safe)
  • Registered Ports: 1024 through 49151. →(unknown (moderate safe)
  • Dynamic/Private : 49152 through 65535. →(open = vulnerable)


  1. I did that but it keeps downloading less than 0.5 kb/s

    1. Mine is good ever since i use it.

      Probably the download file you have less seeding or just wait until the peak hours come you will see it increase the downloading speed.

      Also you might need to check your modem/router or firewall if the Utorrent programmes is filtered