[PLUG] Torrent question

Arun Khan knura at yahoo.com
Fri Nov 20 09:02:25 IST 2009

On Wednesday 18 Nov 2009, Mayuresh wrote:
> Just started donwloading Fedora 12 torrent.
> Always wonder when I download a new distro why the peers list that
> the torrent client shows so few peers from India. (I use ktorrent
> which shows the country of a connected peer. May be other clients too
> show this.)
> US tops the list of peers' countires followed by China, Russia when I
> observed just now.
> Is it that, not too many in India download or it has anything to do
> with the bandwidths in India i.e. the torrent clients might be
> choosing peers with better speeds etc.

At least with MTNL TriBand, upload is not metered (albeit limited to 
256Kbps).  More importantly, you have to open up and do port forward 
for incoming torrent connections.   Only then will the seeder be able 
to put your site in the 'peer' list.  UPnP might do this but it needs 
to be enabled.  In addition they need to keep the torrent client up 
after the "download" is complete so the "seeder" keeps it in the peer 

IMO, most people may not be aware of this and therefore you don't see 
them in the peer list.

Arun Khan

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