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Quarantined Connections

Excessive bandwidth use is considered to be any use of the network which generates in excess of 10GBytes of data in any 24 hour period and leads to degradation of the HoR service for other users with whom you share this service.

This can happen for a number of reasons:

  • You have downloaded a large amount of music or movies (e.g. from iTunes).
  • Use of peer-to-peer filesharing software such as BitTorrent (More information below).

Note that streaming video (e.g. BBC iPlayer) or audio (e.g. online radio) for 24 hours will not breach this 10GB limit.

If you excced the above limits you will be quaranteened and your connection will be reinstated after 24hrs.

Peer-to-Peer Filesharing

File sharing programs will share your downloaded files with other users on the Internet while they are still being downloaded as well as after download is complete. Files will also continue to be shared after the client software appears to have been closed. To ensure that you do not continue to share files, we recommend that you close your software completely. You can do this by right-clicking the programs icon in the system tray (near the clock display) and selecting Exit.

File sharing will normally use as much bandwidth as is available, which will cause your own connection to slow and will also restrict the bandwidth available to other users of the Halls network. If left unrestricted, file sharing will cause you to make excessive demands on the HoR network and could result in the suspension of your connection.

Configuring your computer for file sharing:
If you have legitimate reasons to use file sharing software, we recommend that you go through the setup steps of your software to ensure that your Internet connection and your computer's performance are protected.

There are a number of issues associated with file sharing software:

Copyright Infringement:
The use of file sharing software could lead to copyright infringement which is both illegal and in direct violation of the UCL Computing Regulations and the JANET Acceptable Use Policy.

Poor Performance:
Using file-sharing software can affect the performance of your computer as well as drastically reducing the network bandwidth available to other Halls users. If you find that your computer or your Internet connection is running slowly, we strongly recommend that you follow the steps below to configure your file sharing software.

Virus Infection:
Using file-sharing software also increases the possibility of your computer being infected by viruses. If you choose to take part in the file-sharing community, we recommend that you secure your computer with up-to-date anti-virus software such as F-Secure which is available here  http://swdb.ucl.ac.uk/?filter=virus  We also recommend that you regularly scan your downloaded files and computer system for infections.

Persistent Uploading:
File sharing programs will share your downloaded files with other users on the Internet while they are still being downloaded as well as after download is complete. Files will also continue to be shared after the client software appears to have been closed. To ensure that you do not continue to share files, we recommend that you close your software completely. You can do this by right-clicking the program’s icon in the system tray (near the clock display) and selecting “Exit”.

Excessive Bandwidth:
File sharing will normally use as much bandwidth as is available, which will cause your own connection to slow and will also restrict the bandwidth available to other users of the Halls network.   If left unrestricted, file sharing will cause you to make excessive demands on the HoR network and could result in the suspension of your connection.

Configuring your computer for file sharing:
If you have legitimate reasons to use file sharing software, we recommend that you go through the setup steps of your software to ensure that your Internet connection and your computer's performance are protected.

Configuring common file-sharing clients

Please note that if you install any updates to your software, you may have to go through these steps again to ensure that you continue to protect your connection.

Azureus
1. From the   Tools  menu, click   Options.
2. Click   Transfer.
3. Set the   Max upload slots  per torrent default value to   2.
4. Ensure that the Allow   multiple connections from the same IP  option is   unchecked.
5. Click   LAN.
6. Set the   KB/s LAN max upload speed  [0:unlimited] value to   1.
7. Click   Queue.
8. Click   Seeding.
9. Ensure that the   Use Super Seeding  option is   unchecked.
10. Ensure that the   Disconnect seeds when seeding  option is   checked.
11. Click   Save.

úTorrent

1. Click the   Preferences  icon.
2. Ensure that the   Prevent stand-by if there are active torrents  option is   unchecked.
3. Ensure that the   Minimize to tray  option is   unchecked.
4. Ensure that the   Always activate when clicked  option is   unchecked.
5. Click   Network.
6. Set the Global   Maximum upload rate (kB/s)  value to a low number. We recommend   20.
7. Click   Torrents.
8. Set the   Number of upload slots per torrent  value to   2.
9. Ensure that the   Use additional upload slots if upload speed < 90%  option is   unchecked.
10. Click   Apply.
11. Click   OK.

Bit Comet
1. Click   Preferences.
2. Click   Connection.
3. Set   the Global Max Upload Rate  value to   1.
4. Click   Task.
5. Set the   Maximum upload rate per task  value to   1 Kbps.
6. Click   Connection.
7. Set the   Global maximum upload slots  value to   1.
8. Click   IP Rules.
9. Set the   Max sessions per IP for uploading tasks  value to   1.
10. Click   OK.

eMule

1. Click   Preferences.

2. Click   Connection.

3. Change the   Uploads  option to   1 Kbps.

4. Set the   Limits slider  to the far   left.

5. Click   Directories.

6.   Uncheck  any unnecessary   folders  to turn off sharing for those folders.

7. Click   Files.

8. Set the   See my shared files/directories  option to   Nobody.

9. Ensure that the   Try to transfer fullchunks to all uploads  option is   Unchecked.

10. Click   OK.

Kazaa
1. From the   Tools  menu, click   Options.
2. Click   Kazaa.
3. Ensure that the   Launch Kazaa automatically  option is   unchecked.
4. Click   Apply.
5. Click   Advanced.
6. Ensure that the   Do not function as a Supernode  option is   checked.
7. Click   Apply.
8. Click   Traffic.
9. Ensure that the   Disable sharing of files with other Kazaa users  option is   checked.
10. Click   Apply.
11. Click   OK.

Kazaa Lite ++
1. From the   Tools  menu, click   Options.
2. Click   My Kazaa.
3. Ensure that the   Launch Kazaa automatically  option is   unchecked.
4. Click   Apply.
5. Click   Advanced.
6. Ensure that the Do   not function as a Supernode  option is   checked.
7. Click   Apply.
8. Click   Traffic.
9. Ensure that the   Disable sharing of files with other Kazaa users  option is   checked.
10. Click   Apply.
11. Click   OK.

Morpheus
1. Click   Preferences.
2. In the   General  section, ensure that   the Run Morpheus on Windows startup  is   unchecked.
3. Click   Apply.
4. Click   File Transfer.
5. Ensure that the   Maximum Simultaneous Uploads  value is set to   1.
6. Ensure that the   Limit Morpheus Upload Bandwidth to  option is set to a low value, such as   20.
7. Ensure that the   LimitBit Torrent Upload Bandwidth to  option is set to a low value, such as   20.
8. Ensure that the   LimitBit Torrent Upload Count to  value is set to   1.
9. Click   Apply.
10. Click   OK.

iMesh
Turning Sharing off is the most effective way to reduce uploading from your computer. To turn sharing off:
1. Click   Tools.
2. Click   Options.
3. Click   Security.
4. Ensure that the   Don't share files on this computer  option is   checked.
5. Click   Apply.
6. Click   OK.

To limiting Sharing:
1. Click   Tools.
2. Click   Options.
3. Ensure that the   Launch on Startup  option is   unchecked.
4. Ensure that the   Minimize to tray on Close  option is   unchecked.
5. Click   Apply.
6. Click   Networks.
7. Click   iMesh.
8. Change the   Maximum concurrent uploads  value to   1.
9. Ensure that the   Maximum bandwidth (in Kbps)  is set to a low value, such as   20.
10. Click   Gnutella.
11. Ensure that the   Enable Ultrapeer  option is   unchecked.
12. Change the   Maximum concurrent uploads  value to   1.
13. Ensure that the   Maximum bandwidth (in Kbps)  is set to a low value, such as   20.
14. Click   Apply.
15. Click   OK.

LimeWire
1. Open the LimeWire program.
2. From the   Tools  menu, click   Options.
3. This will bring up an Options menu. Click   Sharing.
In the lower right hand corner of the screen,   uncheck Share Finished Downloads.
Under Sharing, click   Advanced.
Click in the   Extensions  section.
Press the home button on your keyboard, and remove the following file extensions: avi, mpg, mpeg, wav, mov. Use the left and right arrows on your keyboard to find these file types in the list.
Uncheck   the   Share .torrent files  option.
Uncheck   the   Allow Partial Sharing  option.
4. Select   Uploads  from the Options menu.
Click on the slider bar and drag it to a lower value, such as   14-20 KB/s, to help reduce upload traffic.
Select   Slots  under Uploads.
Enter " 1" for   Uploads Per Person  and   Max Upload Slots.
Do not enter "0" as this will permit unlimited uploads and slots.
5. Select   Connections  from the   Options  menu.
UncheckConnect on Startup .
6. Select   BitTorrent  from the Options menu.
Uncheck Start automatically .
Select   Advanced  under BitTorrent.
UncheckLet LimeWire manage my BitTorrent settings . (Recommended).
Enter " 1" for   Maximum uploads per torrent  and   Minimum uploads per torrent.
7. Select   System Tray  from the Options menu.
Under Shutdown Behaviour, ensure   Shutdown Immediately is selected.
Under System Tray Icon, ensure that   Show System Tray Icon  is   checked.
8. Select   Advanced  from the Options Menu.
Select   Performance  under Advanced.
Check Disable Ultrapeer Capabilities, Disable Mojito DHT Capabilities, and Disable TLS Capabilities .
Select   System Startup  under Advanced.
Uncheck Run on System Startup .
Click   Apply.
Click   OK.
9. Close the LimeWire program completely, and   restart  your computer.

Shareaza

General Settings:
1. From the   Tools  menu, Click   Shareaza Settings  and select   General.
2. Ensure that the   Auto-connect on Shareaza Startup  option is   unchecked.
3. Ensure that the   Start Shareaza at Windows Startup  option is   unchecked.
4. For the   When I click Close  option, select   Close Immediately.
5. For the   When I click Minimize  option, select   Normal.
6. Click   Apply.
7. Click   Library.
8. Ensure that the   Allow others to browse shares  option is   unchecked.
9. In the   Never Share  box,   add the file extensions   avi, mov, mpg, mpeg.
10. Click   Apply.
11. Click   Web.
12. Ensure that the   eDonkey2000  and   Bit Torrent  options are   unchecked.
13. Click   Apply.

Internet Settings:
1. From the   Tools  menu, Click   Shareaza Settings  and select   Internet.
2. Click   Connection.
3. Ensure that the   Limit per unique host  value is set to   1.
4. Set the   Speed  option to a low value. We recommend   20 Kbps.
5. Click   Apply.
6. Click   Uploads.
7. Ensure that the   Share new partial downloads  option is   unchecked.
8. Ensure that the   Share Preview Files  option is   unchecked.
9. Set the   Limit  option to a low value. We recommend   20  Kbps.
10. Set the   Mode  option to   Average.
11. Click   Queues.
12.   Delete Partial Files  if it is displayed.
13.   Delete Medium Files  if it is displayed.
14 . Delete Large Files  if it is displayed.
15. Click   Small Files, then click   Edit.
16. Ensure that the   Enable this queue  option is   unchecked.
17. Set the value for   Maximum number of transfers  to   1.
18. Click   OK.
19. Click   Apply.

Network Settings:
1. From the   Tools  menu, click   Shareaza Settings  and select   Networks.
2. Click   Gnutella.
3. Ensure that the   Allow this node to become a hub  option is   unchecked.
4. Uncheck  any   Link Compression  options that are checked.
5. Click on   eDonkey2000.
6. Ensure that the   Connect to eDonkey2000 today  option is   unchecked.
7. Ensure that the   auto-connect every session  option is   unchecked.
8. Click   Apply.
9. Click   OK.

Overnet
1. Click the   Options  button.
2. Ensure that the   Close to System Tray  option is   unchecked.
3. Ensure that the   Minimize to System Tray  option is   unchecked.
4. Ensure that the   Launch on Startup  option is   unchecked.
5. Click   Network.
6. Ensure that the   Max Connections  value is set to a low number. We recommend   5  or less.
7. Click   OK.

Ares
1. Click the   Control Panel  button.
2. Click the   General tab.
3. Ensure that the   Load Ares when Windows starts  option is   unchecked.
4. Ensure that that the   Exit Ares when I click on close button  option is   checked.
5. Click the   Transfer tab.
6. Change the   Upload(s) allowed at once  option to   1.
7. Change the   Upload(s) per user  option to   1.
8. Change the   Upload Bandwidth (Kbps=0)  to a low value, such as   20.
Note: Do not set this option to 0.
9. Ensure that the   Increase on Idle  option is   unchecked.
10. Click OK.