hoalan wrote:Whenever I'm downling I get disconnected from my server every few minutes. I have to unplug and replug constantsly if I want to dl anything. Would someone tell me what's the problem and how to fix it.
I use BitComet and my server is Comcast.
The problem could possibly be sitting between your PC and your cable modem (PC's ethernet port, the router, the cable modem, the cable coming into your home, etc.) Believe it or not, many people have constant disconnect-connect-disconnect-etc. issues and not even realize it. One reason is that the web protocol (http, https) is packet-driven, meaning the data stream is chopped up into an infinite number of pieces and is sent asynchronously (i.e. not in order or not precisely timed.) If you get disconnected during a web session, such as viewing a web page or even watching a YouTube video, you don't notice the problem unless the disconnect is long-term.
On the other hand, BitTorrent is less tolerant when it comes to disconnect. This is because of the way BitTorrent as a protocol functions where the data is streamed synchronously. So even a brief drop in the connection would cause your BT client to malfunction.
With that, I would look at other symptoms that could point to a bigger problem:
1. Under Windows, you keep getting a message saying your network connection either disconnected or is connected. This symptom usually points to either your PC or router, or the cable connecting your PC to the router is loose. Try replacing the cable.
2. Web surfing is choppy; one minute everything's running smoothly, and the next minute your web browser is just waiting for a connection. If you're not getting the #1 symptom, this could be an issue between your router and your cable modem. Try replacing the cable between these two devices. It could also be your cable service, and only Comcast can determine whether or not it is the cable modem or cable wiring.
3. Other services, such as Yahoo Messenger or other IM, also disconnect and re-connect frequently. If you're not getting the #1 symptom, address the problem like #2.
In all three cases, try bypassing the router completely and connect your PC directly into the cable modem. But when you do this, make sure you have firewall software installed on your PC.
So for now, based on you plug/unplug/plug, this is not a problem with BitTorrent specifically. You could very well have a more broad networking malfunction somewhere in your set-up.