Blackadder III <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in part:
> If I am using a torrent downloading program like Bitlord and I
> set up my router to forward the ports like the programs tell me,
> I completely lose my internet connection after about 15 min or so.
> If I do not forward ports, it runs fine, although not very fast.
> Anyone having torrent problems with ATT DSL? Is there someting
> with the fact that the port(s) are forwarded?
I suspect with the port fwding, you are being hammered by
too many requests.
On any TCP link, it is extremely important that the upload
not get fully saturated because ACKs may not get through,
slowing the download. (TCP capture effect).
This can easily happen with p2p filesharing software, and
the solution is to throttle them. Competent writers of p2p
software are well aware of this and have settings to avoid
using too much of the limited upstream bandwidth. If they
don't, they should not be used.