By now I am beginning to suspect that you were struck by the curse of a pharaoh of ancient Egypt. You have abandoned eMule, because you said it was too slow to download files from the Internet, and you switched to uTorrent with the result of having to learn how to use a new P2P client from scratch and find yourself again dealing with downloads as fast as a turtle with a snail lying on its shell.
Is it possible that there is nothing you can do to make a download go fast on your computer? Don't ask yourself, but act! Check your router settings, configure your programs correctly and you will see that your downloads will begin to "fly" as you would have expected from the first moment. I assure you that you have no curse on you, you just have to learn how to use the tools you have.
Courage: take five minutes of free time, read my directions carefully and find out how to speed up eMule and uTorrent thanks to a series of tricks that you will have to implement both within the programs and in the administration panel of the router you use to connect to the Internet. I assure you that this is not anything particularly complicated. Happy reading and good luck for your future downloads!
Open the Ports on the Router
The first step you need to take for speed up eMule and uTorrent is to access the administration panel of your router and open the ports (i.e. the communication channels) that the two programs use to communicate with the outside world and accept incoming connections. Without this step, which is crucial, your downloads will always be slow.
At this point, you are almost certainly wondering how to find out which ports are used by eMule and uTorrent to communicate with the outside world. Well, the answer is very simple: all you have to do is access the settings menu of the two programs, select the connection item and you will find the port numbers there. Here are in more detail the steps you need to take in both software.
- eMule - open the program and click on the button options which is located at the top right. In the window that opens, select the item Connection from the left sidebar and you will find the numbers of the two ports used by the program in the fields TCP e UDP.
- uTorrent - open the program and go to the menu Options> Settings which is located at the top. In the window that opens, select the item Connection from the left sidebar and you will find the port used by uTorrent indicated in the field Port used for incoming connections. A Poppy, you can get the number of the port used by uTorrent by starting the program, by going to the menu uTorrent> Preferences (above) and selecting the tab Network in the window that opens (the door value is the one indicated in the field Inbound TCP port).
Once you have discovered the ports used by eMule and uTorrent, you are ready to take action and open them in the configuration panel of your router. Then start the program you usually use to surf the Internet (eg. Chrome) and linked to an address between 192.168.0.1 e 192.168.1.1. If neither address gives you access to the router's configuration panel, try connecting to it via an Ethernet cable instead of via Wi-Fi and follow my instructions on how to find the router's IP address to find the address exact device.
After finding the router login page, you must enter the username and password needed to view (and change) the device settings. If you haven't changed these parameters, they should be admin / admin o admin / password. If you have any problems, consult your router manual and / or my guide on how to see the modem password.
Now, since the configuration menus vary from router to router, I will give you some fairly general indications on how to act (which should still be sufficient to achieve your purpose). Therefore, locate the section of the router administration panel relating toport forwarding (which can also be called port mapping o virtual server) and start creating a new rule (or a new virtual server) by pressing the appropriate button.
You will be offered a form whose fields, also in this case, vary according to the brand of router in use, and you will have to fill it in this way.
- Interior door / Initial door - the number of the door to open.
- External door / Final door - the number of the door to open (the same value as the internal or initial door).
- Protocol / Port type - the type of port to open (TCP or UDP).
- Destination IP / Server IP address - the local IP address of the computer on which eMule and uTorrent are running. If you don't know what your computer's IP address is, follow the directions in my tutorial on how to find out your PC's IP address.
- Name / Description - the name to be assigned to the created rule (eg "uTorrent" or "eMule").
Once you have filled out the form, click on the button Save / OK to save the rule and repeat the procedure for all the ports to be opened (that of uTorrent and the two of eMule).
If any of the steps are not clear to you, I invite you to read my guides dedicated to the various router models: in this way you will be able to have detailed instructions on the device in your possession and not generic information like the ones I was forced to give you now.
- How to configure a D-Link router
- How will I configure a Netgear router
- How to configure a TP-Link router
- How to configure a TIM router
- How to configure an Infostrada router
- How will I configure a Fastweb router
Speed up EMule
Once the router is configured, it is time to get your hands on the options of eMule and uTorrent to maximize their performance when downloading. Let's start with the "forklift".
Update the Servers
For speed up eMule, you must first use a list of server eD2K updated and working. To do this, open the program, select the tab Server & Hosting, right click anywhere in the current server list and select the item Delete all servers from the menu that opens. Answer then Yesthe warning that appears on the screen and the current list of servers set in eMule will be deleted.
Now, to download a new safe and working server list, move to the field Update server.met from URL which is on the right, paste one of the addresses you find below into it and press the button Update.
- http://update.adunanza.net/servers.met (solo per eMule Adunanza)
If any step is not clear to you, I invite you to read my guide on eMule servers, in which I explained the whole procedure in more detail.
Reset the Kad Connection
In addition to eD2K servers, eMule also uses the rete Kad for online file sharing. The Kad network is distinguished from the eD2K network by the fact that it does not use support servers: it puts users in communication directly with each other making it more reliable and secure. To exploit it, however, it must be configured correctly.
If you have problems using the Kad network (so its arrow in the lower right corner of the eMule window never turns green), restore the connection to the latter by acting as follows.
Go to the tab Kad of eMule, tick next to the entry Load nodes.dat from the URL , type the address http://www.emule-mods.it/download/nodes.dat in the text field below and click on the button BootStrap. Within a few minutes, eMule should contact some nodes of the Kad network and then successfully connect to it.
If the procedure is not successful and / or if you want to learn more about the functioning of the Kad network of eMule, read my tutorial in which I showed you how to connect to the Kad network.
Other Settings to Speed Up EMule
At this point, your eMule should already perform quite well. The downloads, therefore, should already be fast enough. But by practicing a few other tricks you should be able to improve the situation further.
- Limit upload - if you do not limit the upload bandwidth (i.e. the bandwidth used for uploading data), you will also end up slowing down the eMule downloads. My advice, therefore, is to perform a speed test of your connection and to set an upload limit equal to80% the actual upload speed you have. To set the upload limits in eMule, go to the menu options program, select the item Connection from the left sidebar and put the check mark next to the item Upload limit. If any steps are not clear to you, consult my guide on how to configure eMule in which I have explained everything to you in more detail.
- Turn on protocol obfuscation - if your downloads do not want to speed up, maybe your internet provider is to blame, which may apply filters to limit P2P traffic. To bypass any such restrictions, go to options eMule and activate theprotocol obfuscation in the section Safety of the window that opens.
- Make the most of eMule's credit system - eMule is based on a credit system, through which a balancing of the loaded data and the data downloaded by the program is carried out. Taking advantage of this system well and obtaining many credits, therefore, allows you to increase the download speed. If you want to know more, see my tutorial on how to optimize eMule, in which I told you about credits and many other tricks to increase the speed of downloads on eMule.
Speed up UTorrent
Speed up uTorrent su Windows it is quite simple, since the program includes an automatic optimization function that adjusts the download and upload parameters according to the speed of the connection in use.
To take advantage of this feature, start uTorrent and go to the menu Options> Setup Wizard which is located at the top. In the window that opens, put the check mark next to the options Band e Network, select a location geographically close to you from the drop-down menu next to the item Band and click on the button Start testing to start the connection test.
uTorrent will detect the real speed of the connection in use, will check the opening of the ports in the router and, if successful, will adjust the download and upload parameters in an optimal way for the available network. To save the settings, click on the button Save & Close.
If the test fails, try changing the location selected in the drop-down menu Band and check that you have correctly opened the uTorrent port in the router configuration panel.
If you use a Poppy, I'm sorry, but the version of uTorrent you use does not have the automatic connection optimization tool that is present in the Windows version of the software. To optimize the connection parameters, you can activate the function Automatically manage bandwidth present in the card Band from the menu uTorrent> Preferences or, alternatively, you can act "manually" by doing one speed test of your network and then going to calculate the values to be entered in the program settings.
To carry out the speed test, I strongly recommend you to use the tool made available by SOS Rates, well known site for the comparison of rates or, alternatively, a Speed Test di Ookla, which I told you about in depth in my best speed test tutorial. To calculate the values to be entered in the uTorrent settings, instead, I suggest you use the Azureus Calculator online service.
Unfortunately the procedure to follow is not "very comfortable", in any case in my tutorial on how to speed up uTorrent on Mac you can find in detail all the steps to be taken and the values to be entered in the program settings.
Other Useful Tips
To conclude, let me give you some other useful advice aimed at speeding up eMule, uTorrent and any other program for exchanging files on the Internet.
- Download files with many active sources - if you want to maximize download times on eMule and uTorrent, be sure to download files with a high number of active sources. The more sources there are and, in fact, the faster the download goes (as the number of people from whom to download at the same time is higher). To find files with multiple sources active on eMule, click on the title of the "Availability" column in the search results. To find files with multiple sources on the BitTorrent network, instead, turn to a good search engine for Torrent files and, in the search results, locate the files with a greater number of seeds (i.e. complete sources, while the peers are the incomplete sources).
- Check local network activities - make sure, therefore, that there are no devices that are performing "heavy" downloads or uploads while trying to download a file with eMule or uTorrent. To monitor the status of the network, you can use the administration panel of your router or some software to be installed on PC, smartphone and tablet. To learn more, take a look at my tutorials on how to check Internet traffic and how to see if anyone has connected to our Wi-Fi network.
- Do not install connection optimization software - programs that promise to make eMule, uTorrent, etc. "fly". often they clumsily modify the connection parameters on Windows and macOS and, consequently, do more damage than anything else. I advise you to stay away from it!
finally, a tip regarding privacy: use a service of VPN, Such as NordVPN (which I told you about in depth here) or Surfshark, which allow you to download and surf online in a secure way, with the possibility of overcoming regional blocks, censorship and access to foreign catalogs of streaming services; all in a simple, cheap way and without being tracked by ISPs or bad guys. They have tons of servers to choose from (from all over the world) and work on PCs / Macs, smartphones, tablets and other devices.