|BitTorrent is a protocol designed for transferring files. It is peer-to-peer in nature, as users connect to each other directly to send and receive portions of the file. However, there is a central server (called a tracker) which coordinates the action of all such peers. The tracker only manages connections, it does not have any knowledge of the contents of the files being distributed, and therefore a large number of users can be supported with relatively limited tracker bandwidth. The key philosophy of BitTorrent is that users should upload (transmit outbound) at the same time they are downloading (receiving inbound.) In this manner, network bandwidth is utilized as efficiently as possible. BitTorrent is designed to work better as the number of people interested in a certain file increases, in contrast to other file transfer protocols.
|How do I make a torrent?
|The easiest way to make a torrent is to use MakeTorrent.
It is available for Windows and other OSes.
- Create a new directory and give it the same name as the file(s) you are
planning to torrent.
- Place the file(s) you want to torrent inside this folder.
- Start MakeTorrent. When you start MakeTorrent for the first time, it
should look like this:
- In the area labeled Tracker, type in the address of BoxingScene's tracker:
- Click on the "Classic" button near the upper left of the window
to switch to Classic mode.
- Click on the "(dir)" button.
- Select the folder you created earlier and click "OK".
- Click on the "Create .torrent now!" button.
- Select the location of the folder where the file should be saved.
- After you hit Save, the progress window will appear:
- When progress is complete, click on "Finished". You will now
have a torrent file located in the directory you selected before.
|How do I upload a torrent?
|BoxingScene's tracker is integrated with the site forums. Uploading
a new torrent is as easy as creating a new thread with an
- Create your torrent file first with Tracker Announce URL:
- Click here if you don't know how to do this.
- Go to the Downloads
Board; the torrent forums for the tracker are
located within the board..
- Click on the "New Thread" button located at the top of the
thread listing to create a new thread for your torrent.
- Enter a descriptive name of your torrent in the Title field.
NOTE: This is the title that will show up in the normal
thread view (accessed via Forums) on the tracker. If you are
looking at the torrents list (accessed within the downloads
board), the name of your torrent file
will be displayed, not this title.
- In the body of your message, enter a description of the
contents of your torrent. Please be as descriptive as possible.
You are encouraged, but not required, to include a sample image.
If you would like to include multiple images, please link to
offsite sources when possible in order to save disk space.
- To attach your torrent, scroll down to the Additional Options
section and click on the "Manage Attachments" button.
- A new window will open. Click on the "Browse..." button to
locate your torrent.
Select your torrent and click "Open".
- Once you have selected your torrent, click on the "Upload"
button to upload it to the server.
- The name of your torrent file should now be displayed in the
bottom half of the window.
- Click on "Close this window" to close the attachment selection
- Your torrent file will now show up as an attachment just above
the "Manage Attachments" button.
- Click "Submit New Thread" to both upload your torrent and
create a new thread on the tracker.
- Begin seeding your torrent.
NOTE: If your client gives you an error such as "torrent
rejected by tracker," please stop seeding, wait a minute or so,
then try again. It may take a short time for the server to add
your torrent to the tracker.
- Refresh the page to see your torrent listed. You should see
"seeders: 1" next to the title.
- Click on the "Torrents" list within the downloads board and verify that your torrent shows up in the listing. You
should see a green L (circled in black below) to indicate that
this is a locally hosted torrent.
|What is seeding?
|Seeding is sharing a complete file for everyone else to get. If nobody seeds a torrent to start, it's dead, and nobody can get the complete file.
When you are done downloading, leave Bit Tornado open for a while, and don't move the files anywhere. You will act as a seed to everyone else and lighten the burden on all the current seeds. Not to mention increase download speeds across the boards.
If you close Bit Tornado down and want to seed the torrent later on to help out - Go to the thread where you originally downloaded the torrent. Click on it to download it again. Save to the SAME LOCATION, BT will then verify all of the existing data, your tray icon will turn bright white, and you will re-seed the torrent.
|Why is my download so slow? How can I make it faster?
|There are a number of reasons your download might be slow. There may be few or no seeds on the torrent, which means the data you need can only be downloaded from a few places. The tracker may be slow or down if you're getting error codes 10060 or 10061. Hopefully, the tracker will be restored or someone will post the same torrent with a different tracker. You may be behind a proxy or firewall. Disable them, or forward ports 6881-6889 to your computer (check the documentation that came with it on how to do this). Try changing your ports to any random numbers above 10000, as some ISPs limit speeds on default BitTorrent ports. Also, trackers give priority to people who upload more (makes sense, those who upload more are spreading more data and making downloads faster for everyone). Increase your number of uploads and upload speed, but don't set your total upload to more than 90% of your maximum upload speed.
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