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My internet company is blocking Bittorrent altogether!

Asked by kai1211 (4points) November 25th, 2008

My internet company is blocking Bittorrent altogether even when I tell my Clint to encrypt traffic. I don’t have the money to pay allot for services what are my options?

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MrItty's avatar

find entertainment that’s free, rather than stealing it.

Kudos to your company.

kai1211's avatar

I download legal thing with Bittorrent. My free games I play use it.

dynamicduo's avatar

You don’t have a lot of options. You can’t really outsmart your ISP, even if you find a way to get it connected through a proxy or super encryption, they’ll still know you’re using it. You can sign up with a different company that doesn’t block it. You can look into having your friends download things for you, I suggest buying a portable hard drive in this case to save money on burning DVDs.

Here in Canada we have few options. The two major internet players (at least in Ontario) are Bell and Rogers, DSL and Cable respectively. Rogers has already implemented torrent throttling as well as download and upload limits. Bell also throttles torrents between certain hours (which are, of course, hours THEY define at their whim). The only way I’ve been able to get around these throttles is by signing up with a third party company who buys access from Bell to the DSL lines (the internet is STILL throttled though), and I use the Linksys WRT52G-L router with a different firmware which uses a certain transmission protocol that Bell is not throttling at this time. If they start throttling THIS, well I’ll really have to think outside the box then. It sucks, but until some serious net neutrality laws are implemented, ISPs will continue to run the show.

asmonet's avatar

Try obeying the law.

forestGeek's avatar

My guess is that all those legal things downloaded with Bittorrent, are available on the web through their legit websites?

tonedef's avatar

Hey, now, guys- don’t dump on BitTorrent like that. A lot of legitimate content is available on BitTorrent (Jamendo albums and Ubuntu are a couple of examples), and using BT instead of those services’ hosting saves them a lot in bandwidth, so they can further the open source cause.

Also, don’t forget the VCR crap., which was pretty analogous to what BitTorrent is (or could be) today.

ontheroad's avatar

They’re trying to cap the amount of bandwidth running through their servers and BitTorrent users are notorious for that. All that added load on their servers isn’t free, I imagine.

tonedef's avatar

@ontheroad, this is a big issue facing ISPs. I think it’s a fishy thing, though… Streaming, ad-supported TV and other entertainment really is (or should be) the future of media, but cable companies have very real interests in making you pay that 70 dollar a month cable bill, and then paying to rent movies on-demand. Very fishy, indeed. Lay some fiber optic cables and stop bitching, Comcast!

arcoarena's avatar

You could try changing your bittorrent client. I don’t know if that would help but it’s worth a shot

Perchik's avatar

If you are legitimately using bittorrent, call your ISP and see what they can do for you.

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