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Quick Guide to Bittorrent Downloading

Artemis Avatar
9y, 9m agoPosted 9 years, 9 months ago
*Disclaimer - Please note that everything below is perfectly legal. I take no responsibility for anyone using this information to perfom illegal practises*

[U What is Bittorrent?

Bittorrent is a P2P file transfer protocol. Basically it means you are directly swapping information with other users and not downloading anything from a stored server.
The main difference between bittorrent and other methods (Which you've probably heard of via names like Napsters, Gnutella etc) is that you don't downloadin the whole file from one person and thus can't be inconvenienced by one user turning off his connection halfway through a big download.

Bittorrent splits up the file into bite sized chunks and you download these small chunks. This also means that the pressure on the original uploader is lessened as the very first person to download one of these small chunks from him immediately becomes a seeder of that chunk and so on.

You also connect to many users at once to fully utilise your maximum download speed (which is normally higher than upload speeds). e.g. you could be downloading from 50 people at once, each has a different chunk of the file and so you can maximise your download speed without choking other users upload speeds.

[U What do I Need?

Firstly you need a client. I'll be concentrating here on the most popular one, Azureus, but there are others you might like to check out such as Utorrent, Bitcomet and so on.

You can download Azureus for free from here - http://azureus.sourceforge.net/download.phphttp://azureus.sourceforge.net/download.php

(You will also need the Java engine if you don't already have it on your computer, it can also be downloaded from the above page).

[U How Do I Set Up Azureus?

After you've installed the program you'll need to set up a few of the options.
Note: If you are using a wireless router you will need to set up 'port forwarding', I won't cover this in the guide as you should already know how to do this if you have a router.

There are many guides to using Azureus on the internet so I will just cover a few of the basics...

Firstly select Tools - Options from the menu and the Options screen will open. The sections you need to pay immediate attention to are the following...

Transfer - Here's where you set what speeds and bandwidth you want Azureus to use. Set your 'Kb/s glbal max upload speed to about 80% of your max. This will insure you don't upload at 100% of your max and throttle your download. (You should know your max upload speed but if not you can run a test for it
online at - http://www.dslreports.com/stest?java=1http://www.dslreports.com/stest?java=1 )
Most people leave their download speed at maximum (please set it at just above your maximum download speed rather than leave it at unlimited as that can cause some problems for some people)

Set max connections per torrent (this is a setting that can trip some people up as it's annoyingly technical. For the majority of users setting it to 50 will be just fine)

Files - You should set up a folder on your computer specifically for downloading, for now called 'Downloading'. In that folder you should create another folder called 'Torrent Files' or something similar.
Now in this Files section you can point to these folders at the correct places. The one called 'Torrents should be the one in the top of this page.

Files - Completion Moving - Here's where you point to the 'Downloading' folder.
The above two url points means that when you download a torrent file, see below, you save it in the Torrent Files folder and when Azureus has finished downloading a whole file then it will move it from there to the Downloading folder automatically.

Queue - Max simultaneous downloads shouldn't be particularly high even if you have a fast connection. It pays dividends to concentrate on a few files at atime rather than trying to download a lot at once.

[U Ok, so Now What?

Well you should have Azureus set up and some nicely organised but empty folders all sorted. Now to the downloading part.
First you need to download a torrent file. These are tiny files which tell your Azureus what to look for and download. If you are using Azureus to download a piece of software from a site they will link you to the torrent. If you are looking for a 'legal' file from elsewhere you can use Torrent search engines.

Personally I find http://www.torrentz.comhttp://www.torrentz.com to be the best search engine.
I also use the specific sites of http://www.mininova.orghttp://www.mininova.org , http://www.torrentspy.comhttp://www.torrentspy.com and http://www.piratebay.orghttp://www.piratebay.org .

(There is a list at http://netforbeginners.about.com/od/peersharing/a/torrent_search.htmhttp://netforbeginners.about.com/od/peersharing/a/torrent_search.htm if you don't like any of the above)

If you use a search engine like Torrentz then it will search a selected amount of specific sites for whatever you are looking for and give you the results in order of 'health' i.e. how many seeders and peers it has.
(Seeders are uploaders who have the entire file on their computer and Peers are those who only have a part of the file)

Do a search for something you want to download. Go to the site at the top of the list, download the torrent file into Torrent Files. Open Azureus, click the Open Torrent icon and open the torrent you just downloaded. It will now add it to your download screen and hopefully start downloading. You can watch the screen to see if there are any problems. You can see how many seeds and peers you connect to (out
of how many are connected to the swarm), how fast you are downloading (and after you have finished downloading your first chunk - called 'pieces' - how fast you are uploading and so on.

Azureus allows you to pause at any time and resume later. If you find what you are looking for but in a folder filled with other files you don't want then Azureus allows you to open the torrent and select the other files to not download.

[U Anything Else?

Well if you download any video files you will need to be able to watch them. In most cases Windows Media Player will be just fine but sometimes you will not have the relevant codecs (think of them as decryption files). You can download these codecs from various places online but you will most likely need to definitely have divx and xvid.

I download all my codecs from - http://www.free-codecs.com/http://www.free-codecs.com/
(Personally I just use the K-Lite codec pack that comes with all the latest codecs as well as Media Player Classic and keep it updated but you can just download individual codecs if you prefer)

You can also purchase MPEG4 dvd players, more commonly known as divx dvd players even though they also play xvid and others, and then watch the downloaded videos on your normal television set.

Finally - Be Careful!. I know some of you will use this information to go download crazy but be aware that just like anywhere else on the internet there are twats who want to ruin your day. If you download anything especially if there aren't many seeds or peers so you don't know that many others have downloaded and checked it before you, have your virus checker up and running and any other protection you see fit.

I hope this helps those of you who have no clue what downloading really is about, I'll be cleaning it up and adding anything I've forgotten etc. People are free to PM me with any questions or ideas for additions and so on.
Artemis Avatar
9y, 9m agoPosted 9 years, 9 months ago
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#1
Nice guide there! I'm suprised you managed to keep it all legal :P
There are other clients, I for one use uTorrent.
Oh and if anyone wants an alternative to Windows Media Player, I've found VLC to be very good. It can be found here.
#2
I use uTorrent as well, less bloated than Azaureus.

I sometimes download through a proxy server such as Anonymouse. Not sure how much more anonymous it makes me but makes me feel a little safer.
#3
spudgun
I use uTorrent as well, less bloated than Azaureus.

I sometimes download through a proxy server such as Anonymouse. Not sure how much more anonymous it makes me but makes me feel a little safer.


By all means if people prefer utorrent then they can probably extrapolate the relevant information from the above guide. However Utorrent is pretty much as big a resource hog as Azureus when you take everything into account. I simply prefer Azureus because it's a much more adaptable program with it's plugins and options.

I don't know anything about Anonymouse sorry but my guess is that if you're going through a third party proxy server you won't be getting top speeds? Azureus has a plugin called Safe Peer which helps with that kind of thing too.

If you are running on a computer where a bittorrent client slows your system down just too much, and this is an option for you, then I suggest simply setting it all up then turning it on to download overnight. On even a reasonable connection, such as the 2mb Virgin Media lowest level broadband, you'd be amazed at just how much you can download in a single nights sleep.
For example, a 40minute television episode normally clocks in at 350mb. You can download that on the aforementioned connection in less time than it will then take to watch it.
#4
Anonymouse doesn't slow down, have managed speeds of 220 Kb/sec on my 2MB connection. However I am not an expert on proxy servers so I may be kidding myself that it makes me harder to find by the RIAA/MPAA.:oops:

Saying that I really only DL tv shows such as Lost/Heroes so doubt they will bother with me (fingers crossed)
#5
Utorrent is far far less bloated and resource hogging than the massive java based Azureus.

Also bitorrenting is not illegal, it's just the content most people use torrents for ;-)
#6
freeDUMB
Nice guide there! I'm suprised you managed to keep it all legal :P
There are other clients, I for one use uTorrent.
Oh and if anyone wants an alternative to Windows Media Player, I've found VLC to be very good. It can be found here.



Exact same setup as what I use.
#7
schizoboy
Utorrent is far far less bloated and resource hogging than the massive java based Azureus.


That's just one of those things people say. It certainly is 'slightly' more hoggy but you'd expect it to be as it's better and has more options but Utorrent simply hides its hogginess better than Azureus does.

There's also the point that some of that extra hogginess is based on cache stuff which increases your ability to upload. So essentially you want more people to be using Azureus :)
#8
Thanks for your efforts Artemis.
#9
currychops
Thanks for your efforts Artemis.


S ok, I mentioned it in a thread somewhere and a few people PMed me askign about it. Figured this would be easier.

Downloading is one of those thing that unless someone tells you how to do it you go through life just knowing it's out there and other people are doing it :)

I remember first finding out about Napster, back when it was good. Couldn't wipe the smile off my face for a week.
#10
For an excellent search engine, goto torrentz.com. This will search a wide range of sites for you! You may need to register at some of them tho! :thumbsup:
#11
birdyboyuk
For an excellent search engine, goto torrentz.com. This will search a wide range of sites for you! You may need to register at some of them tho! :thumbsup:


You didn't read the actual guide huh :)
#12
Artemis
You didn't read the actual guide huh :)

OOooh yea!!! lol, i kinda skim read it, lol. Sorry :oops:

Ok, btjunkie.org is good too!!
#13
isohunt.com is also great for searching multiple torrent sites.

http://isohunt.com/

Slycks guide to torrenting is great too. Here is a list of good torrent sites.

http://www.slyck.com/bt.php?page=3
#14
Thanks Artemis :)
I think I understand how to do this. Is it like WinMX?
1 Like #15
dinosteveus
Thanks Artemis :)
I think I understand how to do this. Is it like WinMX?


I think WinMX was a straight P2P file sharer, like Napster. I.e. you download the full file directly from a single individual.

Essentially it's the same only a lot more efficient.
#16
Any chance you'll edit the OP to include utorrent?
1 Like #17
schizoboy
Any chance you'll edit the OP to include utorrent?


Not certain what you mean? I included a little Azureus section because it's by far the most used client. I do already mention that there are other clients and name Utorrent amongst them.

The same basic rules apply for most bittorrent clients and should be easy to translate over I think. If anybody has any problems using the same advice on other clients I'll see about adding some extra specifics.
#18
Thanks Artemis,appreciate the effort!
#19
OK, I've downloaded a couple of episodes of SG1 but how can I copy them on DVD so I can watch them on my TV?
Soz if this is a stupid question but I can just about manage with WinMX and music. lol
#20
dinosteveus
OK, I've downloaded a couple of episodes of SG1 but how can I copy them on DVD so I can watch them on my TV?
Soz if this is a stupid question but I can just about manage with WinMX and music. lol


DVD Player with Divx?
XBOX & XBMC?
PC/Laptop with S-VHS/VGA/DVI output to a TV?

or you can try a horrid conversion to a MPEG2 DVDR to watch on a normal dvd player.
#21
schizoboy
DVD Player with Divx?
XBOX & XBMC?
PC/Laptop with S-VHS/VGA/DVI output to a TV?

or you can try a horrid conversion to a MPEG2 DVDR to watch on a normal dvd player.

Ummmmm, I'll be back. I need to search on the 'net to see what you are talking about. :oops:
#22
You got a HDTV dino?
#23
dinosteveus
OK, I've downloaded a couple of episodes of SG1 but how can I copy them on DVD so I can watch them on my TV?
Soz if this is a stupid question but I can just about manage with WinMX and music. lol


Three main ways...

1. Use an xbox or similar to set up a media player and stream it through straight to your tv. Not the best way as it requires both having an xbox or similar and messing about with it.

2. Convert the avi files to mpegs and burn vcds which will play on any normal dvd players. Reasonable way but you don't always get the quality of picture after the conversion.

3. best way - buy a divx dvd player. If you like downloading and see yourself doing it a lot then this is by far the best way. You can pick them up for less than £30 delivered on ebuyer or svp. Then you just burn normal data discs and these dvd players will play them as normal. (you can fit 12 350mb files on one disc, which is coincidentally half a tv season)
#24
schizoboy
You got a HDTV dino?
No.
I have a Toshiba VTW2886 TV with built in Video and DVD player.
I also have a Goodmans GDVD301RP DVD recorder.

I tried to 'burn' using DeepBurner.
#25
Artemis
Three main ways...
3. best way - buy a divx dvd player. If you like downloading and see yourself doing it a lot then this is by far the best way. You can pick them up for less than £30 delivered on ebuyer or svp. Then you just burn normal data discs and these dvd players will play them as normal. (you can fit 12 350mb files on one disc, which is coincidentally half a tv season)

This seems like the easiest option but I'm rather short on connections. The TV only has one Scart and I have a DBox, DVD Recorder and NTL box to plug in. I have the signal from the DBox and NTL box cabled to all the rooms (hidden) and that's a lot of complicated scart boxes, converters and boosters.
#26
dinosteveus
No.
I have a Toshiba VTW2886 TV with built in Video and DVD player.
I also have a Goodmans GDVD301RP DVD recorder.

I tried to 'burn' using DeepBurner.


Assuming you don't want to watch it a PC monitor or your laptop screen

All you need then is a s-vhs & minijack cable from a pc graphics card or a laptop to your toshiba then.

This should do the trick:
http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_Id=125971
#27
schizoboy
Assuming you don't want to watch it a PC monitor or your laptop screen

All you need then is a s-vhs & minijack cable from a pc graphics card or a laptop to your toshiba then.

This should do the trick:
http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_Id=125971

The two 'work' Computers are in my Office and the TV is in the Lounge. I'll need a lot of cable and I would really prefer not to.
I'll have to get another DVD player I think.

That's for your help Artemis and Schizo.:thumbsup: Much appreciated.
#28
My main gripe with Divx players is they don't play all xvid releases and can be very fussy, the main annoyance video/audio is not always in sync, it's quite awful.

Also with HiDef formats just around the corner (I watch hr/720p releases over DVI to my HDTV from my XP Desktop machine or my laptop) getting a dvd player now, divx or not, will soon turn into that vhs player you have in your loft gathering dust in a few years.
#29
schizoboy
My main gripe with Divx players is they don't play all xvid releases and can be very fussy, the main annoyance video/audio is not always in sync, it's quite awful.

Also with HiDef formats just around the corner (I watch hr/720p releases over DVI to my HDTV from my XP Desktop machine or my laptop) getting a dvd player now, divx or not, will soon turn into that vhs player you have in your loft gathering dust in a few years.


I've had 3 divx dvd players and none of them have come across anything they couldn't play and I download a 'lot'. If your audio sync was out you bought a duff one or you bought one that couldn't play packed bitstream or some such and you didn't fix it before burning it.

As for HD, I'll believe it when I see it. There was a vast difference between VHS and DVD, there's no such vast difference between standard dvd and hd dvd. Your average human on a good television set can barely tell the difference, nobody is going to be replacing their entire dvd collection for that. Any dvd player you buy today is going to die well before dvds become obsolete.
#30
Compare your average hdtv standard xvid 43min prog @ 350mb 624x352/222k to hdtv.hr @ 700mb 960x528/506k or 720p @ 1.1-1.5gb 1280x720/921k

Significant difference, but only on the right display, I get the HRs of 24 and Prison Break, last nights I watched this morning ;-) and 720p of Lost, the quality is stunning. If the size/distance ratio is right.

I've also watched a couple of 720p films which I downloaded which were great, the best source so far has been BBC HD channel or VoD Hotel Babylon and Life on Mars look amazing from VM on my TV Drive, not much content so far but it looks great, unfortunately as HD becomes more common the bandwidth on such content will reduce and reduce until you have what you see today on normal digital channels on freeview/cable/sky looking quite crap which is a shame.

I have a 32" HDTV which is never more than 5 feet from me as it's beside my other monitors, 32" @ 9-12feet in a living room though and you'd be right, the difference is not that noticeable.
However now 42-50" inch hdtv sets are now the norm, if your less 15feet from those, you CAN tell the difference.

Please do not dismiss hi def standards out of hand they do have their benefits and sooner rather than later hopefully will become mainstream in the UK.
#31
I have a DVI input on my 50" HD tele - just got the HD DVD for the 360, but aint tried it out yet !

Can I just buy a DVI cable & download HD stuff, and send to my tv via the DVI cable ?

Cheers
#32
ChrisUK
I have a DVI input on my 50" HD tele - just got the HD DVD for the 360, but aint tried it out yet !

Can I just buy a DVI cable & download HD stuff, and send to my tv via the DVI cable ?

Cheers


If your HDTV can take a non-hdcp input, yes.
#33
Will need to check again, but I know it has a DVI & D-Sub connection ?

This is it if it helps ?

http://www.homecinemachoice.com/cgi-bin/displayreview.php?reviewid=6583

http://www.homecinemachoice.com/cgi-bin/displayreview.php?reviewid=6662
#34
I don't see a DVI or HDMI connection there (come next decade when alot of HD films will be HDCP only you might run into problems watching HD films)

That VGA socket is fine from any PC, you might need to hook up the sound differently to the tv or a hifi/surround setup

http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=51463
#35
It has 2 HDMI sockets, I just get confused on how to hook it up to a PC !

I might as well just stick to HD films via my xbox for now lol
#36
Ah, didn't seen those, find out if those HDMI sockets can take a PC input (non-hdcp, for now, cards are slowly getting HDCP)

Does XBMC360 play xvid/x264/vc1 files?
#37
Aint got a clue - all i know is that it plays HD DVD's lol
#38
What's the model of your HDTV?
#39
TOP TIP: Always enable UPNP if you are connecting to the internet through a wired or wireless router
#40
UPNP which can easily hacked?

Forward the ports manually :)

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