Limewire has been one of the most popular P2P apps ever since file sharing exploded onto the scene a few years back. Although it’s still a pretty reliable performer, the old timer of the P2P world can sometimes leave you disappointed in terms of download speeds. Whether this is a deliberate ploy to get you to ‘Go Pro’ for $30 is open to debate, but if you don’t fancy paying out to speed up then there is a solution.
If you’re experiencing painfully slow transfer times in Limewire, then the first thing to do is to make sure the port you set for the program is configured to be open to connections in both your firewall and your router. The globe icon at the bottom left of the Limewire window tells you the firewall status. If the globe appears behind a wall, you’re still blocked. Limewire will still be allowing connections, but almost certainly not at maximum capacity. If you enable port connections through your firewall then this should improve. If not, it’s likely that your ISP could be throttling your downloads, in which case you might want to try connecting from a proxy server.
To inject more download power into Limewire, you should try Limewire Accelerator, which speeds up the download process to a significant degree using its built-in optimisation features. Not only does it help to improve download speeds, you should also find that connections drop out a lot less. If after all this you’re still not a happy bunny then we suggest using a decent BitTorrent client such as BitComet.