virgin throttle

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Broadband & Internet Access
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Nick1986ukmidsNick1986ukmids Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Broadband & Internet Access
hi there, im downloading some torrents but the down speed is 164kb on 10meg, why am i being throttled at this time of night, whats the best time to download on virgin media.

thanks.

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  • kwikbreakskwikbreaks Forumite
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    After midnight. The full policy is published on the VM website.
  • KillerWattKillerWatt Forumite
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    why am i being throttled at this time of night,
    More than likely because you have breached the download cap that applies between 9am - 3pm, and is then in force again from 4pm to 9pm.
    whats the best time to download on virgin media.
    Outside of the hours where the capping applies is probably a good start.
    Remember kids, it's the volts that jolt and the mills that kill.
  • kwikbreakskwikbreaks Forumite
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    @KillerWatt

    That's what's known as STM (Standard Traffic Management) and varies by product but there is also a shaping policy across all the VM broadband products that runs from 5pm - midnight and throttles back P2P and NNTP unless you hide it away from their shaping kit.

    An STM'd 10Mbps connection would still run at 2.5Mbps.
  • jb66jb66 Forumite
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    Possibly its a low seeded torrent, torrents are hit or miss depending on how many folk are sharing and what there bandwidth are
  • kwikbreakskwikbreaks Forumite
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    Maybe but you'd need to wait til the shaping is turned off to know because there have been many moaning about how drastic the speed reductions are.

    There are a few simple ways around it of course - research how to hide torrents and nntp, use http or FTP downloads instead, or most drastic of all I suppose - buy legitimate material.
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