Here's a short guide to Bittorrent
1. Intro to BT
3. Where to find stuff
4. Downloading and seeding
5. Resuming a download
6. Useful tips
7. Further reading
So, let's begin!
1. INTRO TO BT
So u heard of Bittorrent, but what is it exactly? Well, instead of using kazaa and keeping
to download at 10 kB/s, why not invent a new system? Yes, all those P2P networks can be
closed down, even if they don't say it's true, Kazaa-alike network DO USE SERVERS.
Bittorrent doesn't need to, it establish a direct connection between two or more computers
and you can share your files.
But don't think this is going to be easy, in fact, Iím not going to cover in this quick
guide how to share your files (could be tricky 4 first timers), I just teach u how to
download (AND KEEP OTHERS DOWNLOAD AS WELL).
First of all, there is NO SEARCH FACILITY with Bittorrent, if u'r looking 4 something, u'll
have to use a web search engine, such as Google. You will need to download a "blueprint"
file that used in combination with Bittorrent will let you download what u actually want.
Do I make any sense? Read on, it'll get clear!
Bittorrent is open-source, and as such, there a lot of graphic user interfaces (commonly
called clients) that u can download for free on the internet, if u have an OS different
from Windows, I suggest AZUREUS, it's java based so it works everywhere. Other commonly used
are TORRENTSTORM and BITTORNADO (just put "Bittorrent client" and the name of which one you
want on google and download it).
After the installation of your client you'r now ready 4 your first download!
3. WHERE TO FIND STUFF
Well now, you need an hash file (remember, the "blueprint" for the download I was talking
about earlier on?). Ok, go to www.suprnova.org (probably the biggest bittorrent source there
is out there). Here u'll see lists of movies, cds, programs etc. (Remember, if u download
copyright protected stuff, u must own an original copy, otherwise what u'r doing is
illegal!!!), anyway, now click on one of the files and u'll start the download of something
like this "name_of_file.torrent".
There are a lot of websites where to download bittorrent hash files, find one and make it
yours! Most of the sites are specialized (anime subs, tv series etc), all you have to do is
search with google or join some irc chats and ask around!
DISCLAIMER: all these sites DO NOT contain copyrighted material, but they might have the
hash file of these kind of files, remember that this is illegal, if you do it, do it at your
own risk and don't blame anyone else than you if you get caught.
4. DOWNLOADING AND SEEDING
once u have downloaded that file, simply double click on it (with some browsers after the
download the file might open automatically). Now the real download of the file is going to
start. Choose your output folder, and waiting accordingly to your internet connection speed
u'll get the file.
ATTENTION: after you have finished the download, let it run, other people r going to upload
the same file from you and this is VITAL 4 the Bittorrent network to survive! So don't be a
f***ing lamer and share! usually you should wait until the file is well seeded, but Iím not
going to explain here what this mean, so just let it run at least until you have uploaded as
much as you have downloaded!
5. RESUMING A DOWNLOAD
Ok, 4 some reason u've stopped your download, now how do u resume it? Easy, restart the download in the same way as point 4, (by reopening the hash file and saving to the same directory) and the client will do a check on the file and restart the download, that's it!
6. USEFUL TIPS
-One thing to bare in mind is that with Bittorrent you are broadcasting your ip, this means
that if you r downloading a file, whoever is downloading the same file knows you'r getting
it. Some company might download those files to check if you'r downloading it just to suit
you for breaking copyrights laws. So if you'r downloading your favourite Linux distribution,
then u'r all right, otherwise, don't download copyrighted stuff (I know I already said it,
but Iím just warning you!).
-Make sure that if you'r behind a router to allow forwarding of ports, so u can receive NAT
connections (if u don't know what Iím talking about, I hope u don't have a router).
-Make sure to seed after the download, some websites might ban you for not seeding
7. FURTHER READINGS
If u'r interested in audio/video compression, go to www.doom9.org
For the original Bittorrent webpage go to http://bitconjurer.org/BitTorrent/
Some torrent trackers: suprnova.org, torrentreactor.net, torrentz.com, torrents.co.uk
Anime funs: saiyaman.net, anime-kraze.org, iy4ever.net
If you need to play movie clips I suggest the following players: BSPlayer, VLCPlayer, Media Player Classic (just search with google).