How do I maximize my download speed?

  1. Make sure Transmission's port is forwarded. Port forwarding makes it easier for others to connect to you, which therefore increases your speed.

    If your router supports UPnP or you have Apple Airport, Transmission can do this automatically; just tick the checkbox in Preferences >> Network.

  2. Make sure you cap your upload speed, so that it isn't flooded. A good rule of thumb is about 60-70% of your maximum upload bandwidth. This can be adjusted in Preferences >> Speed Limits.

    eg. If your upload connection is 256 Kilobits/sec, then you should cap it at 21 KB/sec ((256 / 8) * 0.66 = 21).