torrenting how-to

Asked by Tom on 2009-03-12

I've got my connection back! :)

Now i just need to work out about torrenting and how to host or otherwise help make the torrent download faster for a few files a friend hosts. I do occasionally reboot or have my machine off so it's not a completely reliable connection, also i'm using Transmission 1.34 and am clueless about torrenting and all that. Is there a handy how-to guide?

I gather it's possible to be a "seed" host but that it might be better if just help my friend's "seed". Sorry i am completely baffled about this

Thanks all, regards from
Tom :)

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Best danielgd (danielgd) said : #1

As you occasionally reboot or switch off, I recommend you to do not install additional software for torrenting.
Just keep Transmission opened as long as you can and you will helping your friend.

In bittorrent terminology, a seed is just some peer that has completed a download but keeps uploading files to others peers that hasn't completed download. Seeds come and go. You don't have to be always on to be a seed.
The more seeds, the better downloading speed will be.

You can also help seeding without having complete a download. If a download holds more than a file, you can select in Transmission which ones do you want to download and then you will be seeding just that part of the download.

More info (maybe too much!) in Wikipedia:

Good luck and regards

Tom (tom6) said : #2

Thanks for your answer Daniel :) I tried the link but it went to an unwritten page. However while i was there i used the handy search tool and got

and perhaps more usefully
which had some amazing tables in it.

Thanks for your help there
Regards from
Tom :)

Tom (tom6) said : #3

Thanks danielgd, that solved my question.