Does PCCW throttle bit torrent?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hk.com
    I would never run Bittorrent on PCCW as they have a security department who has enough resources to deal with Customs and Excise or the CCB. People being prosecuted are on the big 4 ISPs.

    Use smaller ISPs.
    Are there people being prosecuted? I know there was one case a year ago or so - but that was for uploading.

    A layman's eye cast over the relevant legislation in HK suggests downloading is not illegal in HK unless for distribution (ie uploading).

    Is anyone aware of any prosecutions that would suggest otherwise?

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    as far as I recall, people get a letter or a HK$20,000 fine.

    Even if you just the get the letter it means you have been registered and subsequent incidents the punishment will be more likely or heftier.


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    Let's also keep in mind that there are quite a few bittorrent sites as well that provide legal torrents.

    for gamers, i can recommend this as an example

    Home - Gamersyde


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    I haven't had very good experiences so far. Haven't gone down to PCCW to confirm exactly what my roomies got, but it sounds like the 30 mbps plan w/ HD channels..

    I've done some speed tests, both on local servers, and some servers farther out with far higher latencies and I seem to be topping out at a 40kB/s (300+ kbps results) upload cap no matter what I do.

    I'm on a wireless G router and have confirmed port settings are forwarded and open. I don't realistically expect the advertised speed, but was hoping I'd be getting at least a bit more than a third.

    Unfortunately, we're locked in for the long run with the contract we took!

    Last edited by mr_dimsum; 30-08-2008 at 06:42 PM.

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    If its not a dodgy site - let me know and I can test on my Netvigator connection. Might just be a location based issue ..


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    netvigator works fine on torrents

    Here's my experience with torrents ant PCCW (netvigator):

    When I first got my connection, it was working fine, until i got my router.

    I didn't mind at first, as the downloads always finish when I leave it overnight, but when I checked everything, I noticed one silly mistake... I forgot to configure port forwarding.

    If you are using u-torrent, make sure your light is green, if not, just click on it and follow the easy steps.

    I got mine back up at 600kb/s max (on the 8mbit connection) after setting up port forwarding on the router.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_dimsum
    I've done some speed tests, both on local servers, and some servers farther out with far higher latencies and I seem to be topping out at a 40kB/s (300+ kbps results) upload cap no matter what I do.
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    I don't realistically expect the advertised speed, but was hoping I'd be getting at least a bit more than a third.
    What do you think the advertised upload speed is? The speed they advertise (for residential accounts) is the download speed. 4Mb/s upload seems pretty good to me.

    The technology they use for most connections is ADSL. The A stands for Asymmetric (meaning the download is much faster than the upload, which is what most users are perceived as needing).

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    Quote Originally Posted by hk.com
    as far as I recall, people get a letter or a HK$20,000 fine.

    Even if you just the get the letter it means you have been registered and subsequent incidents the punishment will be more likely or heftier.
    But to get a $20k fine you would have to be prosecuted. I haven't heard of this happening.

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    I was using HGC 10Mb connection which is just a lead from the wall with no router and couldn't get anything higher the 27kb/s. So I bought a 7.2 Mb Vodafone usb modem and still only get a max of 70Kb/s. I have no idea what the problem is but would be massively greatful if anyone had any suggestions.


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    seeds

    do you have a sufficient number of seeds on the torrent to help your download speed?


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