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BitTorrent Unleashed with Performance:

BitTorrent is a P2P application similar to others like Overnet, eDonkey, Kazaa, etc however it has its own spin, lets go over the terms you need to know:

Client: A user currently running any BitTorrent client. There are many clients, however these are top clients being used:

Azureus - http://azureus.sourceforge.net
BitTornado - http://www.bittornado.com
BitComet - http://www.bitcomet.com
BitLord - http://www.bitlord.com

Peer: A client who is does not contain 100% of a particular file they are downloading. They will also be uploading parts of the same file they are currently downloading to other peers.

Seeds: A client who contains 100% of a particular file which they are currently uploading to others or is available to upload to others.

Trackers: Servers that hold directory lists of files. Websites will reference their files to a particular tracker to be downloaded. Finding these URL\'s is the most difficult part. It should be important to note that trackers do not hold the files themselves, it is up to the seeds to keep files available for download. You can run free trackers yourself for your favorite files. One of the more popular trackers can be obtained here:

BNBT: http://bnbt.depthstrike.com

Swarms: Peers and Seeds all associated with a particular file. All the folks downloading and uploading a file of interest.

So now that you have the terms down here is how a session works. You goto a website that has a torrent link or torrent search engine site. Just goto google and search for torrent search engines.

Then click on a link of the file of interest and you will be connected to the associated tracker and connected to a swarm. The more peers and seeds within the swarm the faster download rates you will get.

One thing that is important is you must bust a hole in your firewall to allow port number (default) 6881 to get to your client. If you dont upload some to each client you need to download from they will choke you out (part of the BitTorrent client protocol). This will also get your share ratio up more. Keep in mind the share ratio really does not mean much. The tracker will keep track of this but the tracker really has no power to do anything about it. There are some custom trackers folks are running that will ban or block people with bad share ratios (leeches) but it is not the norm.

If you want to try and increase performance you can do the following:

1) Download an entire file and become a seed for some time to help get uploads to other clients on the tracker to help you get other files they might have later.

2) Use LvlLords TCP/IP patcher which will remove the max number of outbound simultaneous connections imposed by XP SP2. Use this article to apply this mod and tweak Azureus:

http://s90782290.onlinehome.us/?page_id=117

Grab LvlLords TCP/IP patcher:
http://mitglied.lycos.de/lvllord/download-mirror.htm
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Run powerful anonymous communications on the net with Tor:

Tor is an anonymous method for communicating over the internet on all applications including: web, IM, IRC, SSH and many more. Tor traffic is bounced around randomly creating virtual circuits through onion routers. Basically instead of creating a direct connection between your computer and the destination you jump between a number of machines between yours and the destination. The onion routers or machines in between you and your destination create a big grid that will allow a different virtual circuit or pathway on each stream making it very very difficult to trace back. Each onion router only knows where its next onion router is but no more than that.

Contribute and put up your own onion router. Get the client here:

http://tor.eff.org

If you want to run P2P through it here is how to setup Azureus over Tor. This is not recommended as Tor is not designed for P2P but it is possible:

http://azureus.sourceforge.net/doc/AnonBT/Tor/howto_0.5.htm
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Build your own cheap gaming router:

With online multiplayer gaming increasing in popularity the demand for more powerful routers are becoming required. The big feature that is in these upper end routers is traffic shaping. This feature allows you to define how much bandwidth you give to a particular application. These routers run approx $150 versus $49 for a standard home router. Here is one for you to look over the features:

http://games.dlink.com

If you have a old PC laying around you can set up a free gaming router using that and some free software. Using Free BSD and m0n0 ISO. Grab m0n0 wall here:

http://www.m0n0.ch/wall

Here is a setup for it:

http://www.langamereviews.com/content/view/144/2

Example shaper config file:

http://www.langamereviews.com/shaper.txt
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