Monday, February 8, 2010

SmartBro Share-It and Plug-It Does Not Work Well With Torrents

Do you have some torrent files to download using Bit torrent clients? I have. But I found out that SmartBro does not play well with torrents. So, if you want to subscribe to Smart Bro with the aim of downloading megabytes of torrents, forget it.

I am fond of Linux and FreeBSD. These free Operating System software are widely available in Bit torrent, which is a nice way of distributing software as it is bandwidth efficient. The problem is that these software are huge, and there are lots of them in the form of different distributions. They also get updated frequently so you also need to download them often.

Downloading torrents, however, requires that you are connectable to peers in order for you to have a decent download speed. If not, then you’d have to make do with speeds of around 4-5 kB/s on most torrents specially those with low seeds to peers ratio. Unfortunately, you are not connectable if you are using Smart Bro Share-It or SmartBro Plug-It. Aside from the fact that a lot of SmartBro subscribers share the same IP address as I discussed in my previous post about how SmartBro does not play well with Rapidshare and MegaUpload, it also has this problem for torrent users which they call a double NAT configuration. This simply means that you are not connectable to peers and that most torrents are practically out of your reach.

If ever you subscribe to SmartBro’s Share-It and Plug-It service, just know that you cannot satisfactorily use it with torrents and RapidShare or MegaUpload. I guess the most downloading that SmartBro can do is downloading emails. :D

14 comments:

  1. Why did't I saw your blog before February 12, 2010 now I'm trap with smartbro plug it very disappointed... and will be disappointed for the next 23 months

    alrick13

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  2. I am really sorry to hear that. But no one can blame you. They are so good at luring subscribers with misleading advertisements and my blog has not gathered enough steam yet. I think the best you can do now is to warn others, starting with your friends and acquaintances, of how crappy this service is so that Smart can't benefit from their evil strategy.

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  3. hi.. i've just started using smart bro plug-it for a week but already i've encountered many problems. when the light was blinking green the connection was fine but now it's turned blue and everything has slowed down so much that it's frustrating! i can't even view videos. has anyone had this problem?

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  4. @Anonymous:
    My connection has been slow since day one. The HSDPA status light glows with a solid blue.

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  5. But how about for Smart Bro Canopy po.. Would it be the same??? I LOVE Torrent and im considering Smart Bro as an ISP..
    What would you consider po na ISP na torrent friendly..
    Badly need your help.. you can email me @ bam4mark@yahoo.com..
    Thanks..

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  6. I am not sure if it's the same for the canopy configuration. But if it's shared IP or in a double-NAT, then you are going to have some obstacles ahead of you. ISPs providing DSL would be best. Just avoid Smart Broadband Inc's SmartBro HSDPA or 3.5G—that's the plug-it and share-it. I guess i emailed already.

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  7. Same with me.... hayz..... I hope 2 years will pass soon...

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  8. @KB, yup, and I also hope that others will find this blog so that they won't get stuck with SmartBro.

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  9. tooooooo bad i saw your blog a day too late... i got my smartbro plug-it yesterday thinking that it would allow me to download Megabytes of ubuntu updates... but i was able to download a picture and youtube wont load? or its just too slow? any comments on this? thanks

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  10. check your ip address if you are using smart bro (canopy). if it is a private address e.g. 192.168.x.x etc..) then probably it is. if you are using a router connected to the smart bro modem then it might be triple natted :))

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  11. Too bad. However, back when I 1st got my Share-it my torrent was downloading at a whooping 200-300kbs for a year. But that was 1 year and a half ago, (thank god, I am about to be able to unsubscribe), nowadays, think since march, torrent are now pretty bad. :( I'm downloading at super duper impressive speed of 10kbps (or less).

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  12. That's why downloading torrents take up about weeks! Thanks for the information... But, I really want to download torrents a lot, especially movies and tv shows which take up huge chunks of memory, what can you suggest I do about this? Again, thanks :3

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  13. It's 2013 and this is still a problem. Smartbro wifi sucks.

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  14. Hello i cannot connect to the web .yet i still have unlimited surf subscription .. Can u help me ?

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