after 3 days using various VPN servers offerred by the Swedes,
I decided to try another popular product that focuses on torrent
by providing a proxy+encryption only for torrent addressing, so it's
not the "my IP is in another country with net neutrality" solution,
but the hope is "what my ISP don't know, won't hurt me" of proxy.
I know proxy even with encryption has flaws, but bare with me;
I paid $7/mo for BTGuard alone (not their extra VPN service)
all they require is any username password and then you paypal.
within 5min my name/pw worked on their system, and i first
tried manually configuring my utorrent 2.2.1, but ended up with
the same problem I had with torrentprivacy - useless trackers.
however BTGuard provides an idiot proof installer that gives
you the latest torrent client of your choice and configures it.
once i downloaded ran for utorrent, and put in my name/pw
the whole thing set up well. i then rebooted just for good
measure, and started new and preconfigured utorrent 3.1.2
no other software agent is running, and i'm using my primary
TWCable IP, so I can surf play games day trade, and as far
as the rest of my connection is concerned, i'm just doing a
lot of downloading of encrypted data on proxy coated IPs.
So here's the great news. with utorrent i'm now able to
download at FULL Bandwidth, which I throttle at 900:9kb/s
using the VPN, my best speeds were under 150:9kb/s so
this is a huge difference. I do admit that trackers are still
a minor problem, which can be resolved if you know how to
add more good trackers manually - I cut&paste a list I keep.
this also means the low seed:peer files may not work here,
so if your book club wants you to read something on torrent
with a lot of peers but only a part time seeder, you may be
out of luck while using BTGuard - again, no big deal for me.
what I call the "clamping time" of how long do your many
trackers latch on to seed:peers, will take more time with
BTGuard, so be patient at first... once the connections
are established, it will be smooth sailing after that.
A minor thing is while torrent is running, and you open
your browser, the initial "resolving proxy" on startup may
take a few seconds longer before your home page loads,
at least that is what I noticed with google.com in chrome.
an occasional problem is when you add torrents using files,
it's fine, but if you cut&paste to add torrent from URL this
may not work unless you stop all your torrents, disable
the proxy, then add the URL, enable your proxy, then
restart all your torrents - a hassle, but still worth it.
I don't know if this is technically true, but it feels right;
because the torrent proxy and my browser proxy are
now different, I find my browser responds much better
even while I'm torrenting 80% of my total bandwidth.
even my game clients don't seem to notice torrents.
Now here is the best news of all... I can run PeerBlock
enabled the whole time, and not only do I get far fewer
sniffers then using a VPN, but so far not a single TWCable
related sniffer has looked at my IP - this is the main reason
I did all this in the first place - to make sure I can keep my
ISP off my back over whatever little torrenting I may do.
It's worth noting that PeerBlock can block LeaseWeb which
is a well known net neutral source of Seedbox file hosting,
so PeerBlock may keep a good source of seed:peers away,
as SeedBox'ing grows in popularity at hiding torrent hosts.
If you whitelist LeaseWeb 18.104.22.168 - 22.214.171.124 that
may get rid of most of the SeedBox blocks on Peerblock,
thus allowing you to keep it enabled. more accurate info;
Obviously, this is first impression during non-primetime hours,
so I will update this thread in a week, and continue to play
with my VPN on weekends when maybe it will work faster,
but I hope my own saga can benefit some DSLR readers
confused by all the biased reviews and claims on this subject.
I have yet to try seedbox or magnet links, but if BTGuard
works consistently, I may not bother with new methods.
oh, and a special shout out to RARPSL for helping me figure
out how to change my TWCable public IP address, and this;
for teaching me a few other DHCP tricks to renew my IP,
as I got a fresh public IP before trying BTGuard to make
sure any TWCable sniffs were not inherited from before.
UPDATE: BTGuard continues to perform better than a VPN
but somehow performance is not constant as a file with
many seed:peers can still go slow compared to how fast
it was without any safeguards. since it will sometimes
perk up and go half my bandwidth capacity, it's all good.
VPN was slow, but it's flow seemed a lot more consistent.
at this point I'd rather have intermittent speed rates with
good seed:peer connections, since the better my trackers
find seeds, the more confident I am to eventually get 100%
of the file i want, even if it takes a few more hours or days.
i ran the following test that my indicate throttling is being
done on BTGuard. trying to get a 1gb 20seed:20peer file
for a day at 30kb/s avg download, i closed utorrent, went
into my USA VPN, opened utorrent but disabled BTGuard's
proxy. and within 5 minutes I was downloading 300kb/s or
10x faster than with BTGuard. peerblock is going crazy with
all the sniffers, but it's sniffing my VPN's IP not me. to be
fair I have to run more such test to see if maybe a few key
trackers are not resolving while on BTGuard, so it's not a
throttling issue, rather trackers refusing to work while proxy.
Either way, it may be wise to pay for BOTH a Proxy and VPN,
since when one alone seems slow, the other alone may help.