For various causes, providers limit or completely prohibit traffic using the p2p protocol. The p2p-protocols are most widely used in file-sharing networks as torrents, mainly for downloading media files. There are several reasons why providers set a control over this type of Internet activity. In this article, we will describe these reasons and find the solutions to this problem.
The peculiarity of p2p protocols is the uncontrolled “capture” of free resources of supplier through a huge number of connections to different IP. It makes a situation when a small number of clients occupy most of the network resources. In particular, only a few users that generate p2p traffic can fully occupy available capacity of the nearest server, thereby significantly reducing the speed of the connection for other subscribers. This is especially true for 3G networks, the capacity of which is lower than 4G networks.
One of the main principles of providers is the provision of high-quality web access. The online services require high response of speed in order to open sites and streaming video. Due to technical progress, the average size of the file containing the film is constantly increasing. Therefore, when the torrent-client is constantly downloading files it means that other clients loose in quality of their connection.
For this reason, providers primarily ensure the smooth operation of video streaming than p2p traffic of file-sharing networks.
How to bypass the limitations
There are a lot of possible ways to avoid the restrictions of provider, for example, to use VPN. Here are several advantages of the service:
1) Protect your location
When you use VPN, you connect to a remote server, replacing your real IP address with the IP of the server. This substitution hides your location and helps you to maintain privacy when sharing files or simply while browsing the web.
2) It protects you from bandwidth control
When you use a VPN, your provider cannot detect that you are distributing files and forms your connection accordingly. In this way, you can avoid inconvenience due to bandwidth restrictions and Internet blocking.
3) It encrypts your traffic
When using VPN, P2P files and all other data that you send and receive pass through an encrypted tunnel. This means that no one can get your confidential data.
In case of problems with the VPN connection, it is suitable to have automatic Kill Switch function that ensures that your IP address is protected. It either closes the apps you have previously used (as file-sharing services) or disables access to the Internet.
Finally, mare sure that your VPN-provider protects the uploading files with proper encryption. If you do not want your Internet provider or anyone else to know that you are using P2P, check if VPN collects any data about your online activities. Enjoy your anonymity!