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My broadband has always been ADSL and I have always used the router supplied by the ISP, whichever the one of the year is. These routers never let me browse while I am downloading torrents. Web pages will eventually display but the browser's response is glacial. Meanwhile the torrents are going fast - it isn't traffic shaping. I have experimented with the torrent client settings of course and used different clients. It doesn't make a difference. It is the same whatever computer I use and if one or more torrents are running at as much as 20% of my broadband's capacity on one computer, internet use on that and other computers, wifi or ethernet, is affected. The more simultaneous torrents, the more and earlier the effect happens. I think it can only be the router. It is not an upload or download bandwith issue. I have monitored both, and limited them in the torrent clients.

What reasonably cheap ADSL routers cope well with torrenting? I will probably go to fibre this year. Will I have the same problem do you think?

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    You should consider buying a separate ADSL modem and router. The models provided by your ISP are probably cutting corners on performance to save a buck and give you a simple all-in-one product. A standalone modem will have its own resources (CPU & RAM) that will likely be under-utilized by a residential ADSL connection. Meanwhile, the router is doing most of the "heavy lifting" and there is a much larger selection of standalone routers to pick from. – Romen Mar 12 at 17:32
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    I would advise looking for a router with good QoS setting to use or perhaps looking in your current router for some QoS settings. – Yisroel Tech Mar 12 at 22:44
  • Just for giggles, try using a torrent-friendly VPN which changing the torrent app to use a non-default port. Perhaps I am paranoid, but if your ISP is underfond of torrents, they could be choking on purpose. – K7AAY Mar 17 at 18:04

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