View Full Version : Slower bittorrent download speeds on my mac than pc
05-31-2008, 05:24 PM
Hey I just got a brand new Macbook yesterday. This is my first mac computer so i'm still learning how to use it. When downloading bittorrent files i notices it's going a lot slower on my mac than on my pc. I just tried to dl an anime and on my mac right now i'm getting 64kb/s down and 35kb/s up. I switched my cable modem to my pc to see if it's just the torrent thats slow, but then i was getting 800kb/s down and about 100kb/s up. I just went to broadband reports to test my connections and i got 21mb/s down and 1.5mb/s up. So far I like my macbook but I would like to get the same dl speeds I was getting on my 3yr old pc.
05-31-2008, 08:36 PM
Welcome to Apple - never mind the loss of actual productivity, check out that eye candy.
Anyway - while networking on a Mac in general sucks, but that may not be your problem. I dunno what you're using to do torrents but make sure you're using a bittorrent client that's Universal Binary. If you fished out an old BT client form somewhere it could be PowerPC code - which could mean that you're running the software in emulation mode.
It may not be just that - wireless on a Mac leaves much to be desired with multiple compatibility issues that the vast majority of Windows machines just don't suffer from. Try jacking the Mac straight into your router via Ethernet if that's possible, and see if you get vastly better results in the Intarwebs. If you do, it's probably time to buy a new, more Apple-friendly router. Like, well, an Apple router.
06-04-2008, 12:22 AM
i don't notice any differece in speeds from my macbook and desktop PC. what BT client are you using? I use transmission, it works great for me. Are you forwarding your ports?
06-05-2008, 11:49 AM
The smell of armpit and farm fresh country air are uncannily similar.
sobo310, your problem is almost certainly to do with the configuration of your router and/or BT client. Make sure you're forwarding the correct BT ports from your router to the Mac. :-)
06-14-2008, 04:07 AM
Try the torrent client Transmission. I've noticed just as good of download speed with it on my new week old Macbook pro as i get in utorrent on my PC. So if it is indeed your client having garbage code in it, that should solve it.
08-26-2008, 02:29 PM
I generally received much higher download speeds on my IMAC than I did on my PC. Both were transmitting wirelessly, too.
Built in AIRPORT as compared to an USB External Wireless device for the PC. Airport = faster outta my experience. Of course, it depends on the external usb wireless device you are using which could potentially change the results.
Also, the client that I had used on both were Azureus... now known as Vuze.
08-27-2008, 08:55 PM
Yep, unless your kinda new to port forwarding and such, your speeds will be identical, I'm not sure what ArmpitOfDeath is talking about. I also suggest netgear as I have great luck with their routers. Like everyone else has said, try the most recent version of transmission.
09-22-2008, 02:09 AM
Though transmission is a far less system hog I have had good luck with Vuze when transmission couldn't pick up the seeds. Vuze does have a more cumbersome preference menu though. Definitely look into port forwarding it makes a huge difference. Otherwise I haven't noticed any differences when i switched from PC to Mac.
09-24-2008, 02:04 AM
I would also like to add I am getting really good results with Xtorrent. If you are still having issues I suggest you check it out. http://www.xtorrentp2p.com/