Welcome to the site..
There are two ways to know if your connected as a primary:
The Networks page > Near the center you will see the two options, Connect as.. If primary is ticked you know thats you.
The other way is at the top of your WinMx screen, if you see
P= S= spm= then you know your primary, this is also a good way to know if your primary is functioning correctly. If you have P=7 S=0 there is a problem.
Secondary will say at the top <Online hours:minutes:seconds>
Advatages to Primary:
-You are able to help support the network traffic and be a huge part of the system.
-You usually get faster speeds dling and upling
-You have more control over your WinMx settings
-You can host a room using WinMx.
-Some users get better search results, and download better.
-Can share upto 5000 files
Disadvantages to Primary:
-You are responsible for helping to block the RIAA, either by usng our patch or using Peer Guardian with a hosts file fix.
-Supporting network traffic uses more resources on your machine, slowing orther programs up for you possibly
-For some configuring ports in router, firewalls, modems can be difficult in order to make primary work correctly(S= a number)
-Most primary users dont get good channel list results
-If secondaries are not using the filters to search, your primary connection could be DOS attack (knocked offline) because of the massive amount of flooded files on WinMx now.
-No need to forward ports in the router or firewalls to make it work
-Better room listings
-Less resources used, therefor sometimes even better speeds for WinMx.
-No need to use special programs in order to block the RIAA from the network
Disadvantages of Secondary:
-Often and frequent disconnections, you rely on your primary to stay connected, if they drop so do you.
-Rooms lists, Search results are slower to finish loading
-Can only share a max of 3000 files
-Can have problems connecting to other users on Secondary if one of you does not have ports set properly.
Your bandwidth settings should be set according to your speeds of your Internet and also according to what your using ie: primary or secondary
If your running as primary limiting to 7000 is very low, and your allocated bandwidth is kicking in and allowing more upload speed i suspect.
Whether you run primary or secondary is going to be whats best for you, your right this is a wonderful program for many many reasons I think its the best p2p out there. Its very flexible tho, and can have some advanced settings needing to be made to run best for you. Every machine is a different case and WinMx allows for you to customize your settings for that reason, this can also be a bit frustraiting for new users and old alike getting yourself just right. So play around with your settings some, see what works best for you, and then we can talk more about getting the bandwidth set right.
We can help you but first we need a bit more information, like are you going to try to set up a primary that works best for you?
Would you prefer to set up a secondary that works best for you?
With those choices made then we can get you set up the best for you. Set up for bandwidth and uploads, downloads .. etc.. are dependent on if your primary or secondary..