Solved On packets sent and Received

May 21, 2011 at 10:59:09
Specs: Windows 7, 4 GB
I have a 8 Mbps Broadband Wireless Connection. I mostly use it to download huge file sizes through a torrent client.

My Issue is why are more packets (traffic) received and to some extent sent, when actually I've downloaded less?

For example

On the torrent client - Dwld - 699 Mb Upld - 32Kb

Packets (Connection Status Overall) Received - 785 Mb Sent - 17 Mb

Is there any way I can bring down the packets received to only what I really download on the client like a tweak or a firewall that can be installed to prevent this.

I use the U torrent client, btw.

Thank You in advance ;)

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May 22, 2011 at 09:19:37
Check your auto-startup items and your update settings for windows and anti-virus programs, etc.

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May 22, 2011 at 11:10:23
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The amount of data received will never match up with the actual files size due to overheads like packet headers which don't contain data but are essential for communication.. This is normal and happens with any system.

This is why data transmission speeds should always be measured in bit per second. Mbs is a misleading number unless you know what it actually represent which is not all the data received.


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May 22, 2011 at 12:22:09
Fair, when you say it is normal and happens with any system, But does it maintain data received at speeds of files being downloaded on the torrent Client. Shouldn't it be independent?

Secondly, Data transmission speeds are actually shown in bit per second. I converted it into Mbs to make it meaningful. What do you mean when you say which is not all the data received.?

and url me a site on this topic, if you can.

Thank you, Stuart.

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May 22, 2011 at 13:44:50
When you download a file of say 500 Mbs in length. You will actually receive more than 500 Mbs of data The difference is the over head. You can estimate overheads as being about 10% over the data received.

Tottent is only showing you the contents of the files it downloads.

Packets received is showing you everything, including overheads.

There is no URL I can show you. Any website dealing with data transmission will explain this as it is so common.


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May 22, 2011 at 14:19:33
Wow, Exactly 10%. I was fighting with my ISP on why 10% in addition was showing in his portal of records, Of course at that time I was just basing my data (Mbs) downloads on torrent information alone.

Much appreciated, Stewie.



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