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    Virgin Media Broadband Bittorrent restrictions

    Any tips and tricks to get round them throttling bittorrent connections?



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    Re: Virgin Media Broadband Bittorrent restrictions

    vpn ?

    switch to newsgroups ?

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    Re: Virgin Media Broadband Bittorrent restrictions

    Kinda need to keep using torrents. I'm a very active member of a private torrent site and I've got the hardware to support the hobby now.

    I'm trying to figure out how they can tell it's actually torrent traffic, surely not as simple as changing port numbers?

    Got 50mb broadband and was wrecking my brain why I wasn't getting close to the max speend when seen the bittorrent throttle in the T&C's.

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    Re: Virgin Media Broadband Bittorrent restrictions

    Cap is active between 5 and midnight week days, midday to midnight weekends.

    I am guessing they are using deep packet inspection to look at the packet headers to determine what type of traffic it is. Not seen any easy workaround for torrents, only for newsgroups.

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    Re: Virgin Media Broadband Bittorrent restrictions

    What newsgroup work arounds are there??

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    Re: Virgin Media Broadband Bittorrent restrictions

    Quote Originally Posted by Shindig View Post
    What newsgroup work arounds are there??
    Instead of using the normal ports of 119 or 563 (for ssl) you can use other ports providing your newsgroup provider has other ports available.

    Astraweb, for instance, allows ether ports 1818 or 8080 for non-ssl and 443 for ssl, virgin are not restricting these ports for now.

    The other way for both torrents and newsgroups is to schedule downloads for after midnight and before 9am, this way there is no cap or restrictions.

    Most programs for newsgroups have a scheduler I assume some torrent programs are the same.

    I would say start using newsgroups as they are much safer than torrents and you don't need to upload at all, no sharing involved, just pure full speed downloading.
    "Opinions are like arseholes. Everybody's got one and everyone thinks everyone else's stinks."

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    Re: Virgin Media Broadband Bittorrent restrictions

    Well thanks very much for that.
    I had thought of scheduling d/ls through the night but was unaware of the port.

    Cheers

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    Re: Virgin Media Broadband Bittorrent restrictions

    interesting reply captin
    ive always used torrents [free]
    virgin cap you after 1g for 5 hours
    so download between 9pm /9am
    but ive heard about newsgroups etc
    any breakdown on the bandwith speedcaps and cost

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    Re: Virgin Media Broadband Bittorrent restrictions

    Quote Originally Posted by tryf2 View Post
    any breakdown on the bandwith speedcaps and cost
    Our traffic management policy

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    Re: Virgin Media Broadband Bittorrent restrictions

    Guys I can't work it out.

    Newsgroup download, port 443, when should I schedule downloads?
    And torrents, when should I download?

    I am on the Medium package. 10Mbit.



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