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Optimizing Tixati

Tixati works well with the default settings, but there are a few things
every user should do to make sure they are getting the fastest
download speeds possible.

The following instructions are provided as a general guide for all


users. Because internet connection speeds and latency can vary
greatly, you should feel free to experiment with the settings to find
what works best for you.

Step 1: Set Your Outgoing Bandwidth Throttle


On some internet connections, especially DSL and Cable modems,
too much outgoing traffic can choke off all traffic and will effect your
download speed. Tixati features both incoming and outgoing
bandwidth throttles. It is generally not necessary to set the incoming
bandwidth throttle, but all users should set the outgoing throttle to
prevent too much outgoing traffic from slowing your downloads.

Most users will get the best results with the outgoing bandwidth
throttle set to about 70-80% of total capacity, which can vary greatly
depending on how fast your internet service is.

How To Figure Out Your Outgoing Bandwidth Capacity

If you already know what your outgoing bandwidth capacity is, you
can skip this step.

There are a few ways to figure out how fast your internet connection
is in terms of outgoing bandwidth. One of the quickest and easiest
ways is to use an online speed test.

There are many online speed tests, but some will only tell you your
incoming speed and will not test your outgoing speed. One that
gives you both incoming and outgoing is on http://speedtest.net , and
there is also another decent one on http://www.dslreports.com/stest .

Once you've completed the test, you will see results that look
something like this:

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Make sure you are looking at Upload speed. These speed tests give
results in different units, such as Mb/s and Kb/s.

Note the difference between upper-case "B" and lower-case "b" when
you are working with units. Upper-case means bytes, lower-case
means bits. There are 8 bits in a byte.

You will need to convert your results into kilobytes per second (KB/s)
according to the following table:

Kb/s (kilobits per divide by 8 example: 628 Kb/s divided by


second) 8 = 78.5 KB/s

Mb/s (megabits per multiply by example: 0.64 Mb/s x 125 =


second) 125 80 KB/s

MB/s (megabytes multiply by


per second) 1,000

From the results in our examples, we know our internet connection


has an 80 KB/s (kilobytes per second) outgoing capacity.

It is usually best to set your outgoing throttle at about 70-80% of


capacity. Since our capacity is 80 KB/s, we will set our throttle to 80
x 0.7, which equals 56 KB/s.

How To Set Your Outgoing Bandwidth Throttle

To set the outgoing throttle in Tixati, first click the 'Bandwidth' button
at the top of the main window. This will switch to the Bandwidth view
where the throttle controls are:

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(click this image for a sharper full-size picture)

Once we have switched to the Bandwidth view, we activate the


'Maximum' checkbox in the lower (outgoing) area, and type our
desired limit of 56 into the box underneath and press ENTER, as
shown by the green arrow.

You may want to experiment with raising or lowering the throttle when
you are running many transfers to see what is the best setting. If you
set it too low, your downloading rate might suffer because you are
not uploading enough for other peers to reciprocate. If you set it too
high, it may choke your Cable/DSL modem and impact your
downloading rate. You can usually tell it is too high if the bandwidth
chart is jagged, like on the left side of the above picture.

Step 2: Make sure you can receive incoming


connections
In any peer-to-peer system it is important to be able to receive
incoming TCP connections from other peers. Without this ability, a
peer can only place outgoing connections and becomes isolated from
other peers that also can't receive incoming connections.

In many swarms, it is typical for nearly half of the peers to not be able
to receive incoming connections. This means if you are one of these
peers, you are missing out on downloading from many other peers
with your same situation. If you could receive incoming connections,
these peers could connect to you and provide you with a faster
transfer.

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How do I know whether I can receive incoming connections?

It is easy to tell if you are unable to receive incoming connections.


First, get a few downloads going. Make sure they are healthy
swarms with plenty of other peers.

After about five minutes, look at the bottom of the main window:

If you see "0 Incoming Connections Received" like in the picture, you
haven't received any incoming connections and you probably have a
firewall and/or broadband router that is preventing this.

If you don't see "0 Incoming Connections Received", you have been
receiving incoming connections, and you can skip this entire section.

Why can't I receive incoming connections?

There can be many reasons for this, but generally it is because of a


network firewall built into your operating system, or because you are
using a broadband router.

First, determine what TCP port number Tixati is configured to use for
incoming connections. Click the 'Settings' button at the top of the
main window. The Settings window will appear. Click "Network >
Incoming Ports" in the list along the left side. You should see
something like this:

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(click this image for a sharper full-size version)

Notice the incoming TCP connection port #. Make a note of this


number.

Please consult the following guides to make sure your firewall and/or
broadband router is configured to allow incoming connections on
your TCP port:

Opening Ports in the Windows 7 Firewall

Opening Ports in the Windows Vista Firewall

Opening Ports in the Windows XP Firewall

Opening Ports in the Linux Firewall

Forwarding Ports in a Broadband Router

Step 3: Make sure DHT can receive incoming UDP


packets
DHT is an alternative to traditional http torrent trackers, and can help
you find more peers, especially if a tracker is unreliable.

DHT needs to receive incoming UDP packets from the internet to


work optimally. This may be prevented by a firewall in your operating
system, or by a broadband router you are using.

How do I know if I am receiving UDP packets for DHT?


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First, make sure DHT is running. At the top of the Tixati main
window, click the 'DHT' button to switch to the DHT view. If you see
the word 'Stopped' in red in the status area, click the 'Start' button, as
shown in the following picture:

(click this image for a sharper full-size version)

If your DHT status looks like this:

it means you should start a few downloads before continuing. DHT


gets it's initial list of other DHT peers from active file transfers within
Tixati. Once you start a few downloads, the DHT will gather some
IPs to build up it's table. Once the DHT table is built up, it will be
saved between sessions for quicker startup without the need to
gather IPs from file transfers.

After DHT has been running for a few minutes, check the status
again.

If your DHT status looks like this:

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it means you are receiving incoming DHT packets and you can skip
the rest of this section.

If after 5 minutes your DHT status still looks like this:

it means you are unable to receive incoming DHT packets and you
will need to configure your firewall and/or broadband router to open
an incoming UDP port.

First, determine what UDP port number Tixati is using for DHT
messages. Click the 'Settings' button at the top of the main window.
The Settings window will appear. Click "Network > Incoming Ports"
in the list along the left side. You should see something like this:

(click this image for a sharper full-size version)

Notice the UDP port # for DHT. Make a note of this number.

Please consult the following guides to make sure your firewall and/or
broadband router are configured to allow incoming UDP packets on
your Tixati UDP port:
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Opening Ports in the Windows 7 Firewall

Opening Ports in the Windows Vista Firewall

Opening Ports in the Windows XP Firewall

Opening Ports in the Linux Firewall

Forwarding Ports in a Broadband Router

Conclusion
Hopefully this guide has helped you configure Tixati for optimal
performance. While the steps in this guide are not fully necessary to
download and upload, they should help you get the fastest possible
speeds. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to
use our Support & Feedback page to drop us a note.

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