[BitTorrent] BT repeater?

Bill Cox bill at viasic.com
Sat Dec 11 10:53:34 EST 2004

> > A slave repeater directly increases your normal BT clients download rate
> > by about 50% per repeater.  If you run one, and it gets other slave
> > friends, they could help you download anything at any time at your max
> > download speed, not your upload speed.  There's really no down-side.
> The downside is that it costs more bandwidth. 

A slave repeater could stop helping other slaves when it's helped them
download some predetermined amount of data.  After that, it just helps
out enough to know that it should be able to get that much back at some
time in the future.  So, the total upload/download ratio remains around
1:1.  You only pay for about as much upload bandwidth as you download.
But, you get the download bandwidth when you need it, not limited by
your upload bandwidth.


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