How to Download Torrents
Need to know how to download torrents? It's pretty easy. All you need is the right software, of which there are plenty of sources. There are two ways to go about downloading torrents. You can either do it in browser or with standalone applications.
There are a couple of things to keep in mind when you are downloading torrents. First of all, it's peer to peer. At the same time that you are downloading a file, you are also sharing that file with other torrent users. This often means that downloading a torrent is a bit slower than just downloading a regular file would be, though there are ways to speed this up.
Also, using torrents has some privacy concerns as well, especially if you are planning on downloading things like tv shows and movie that are actually not supposed to be shared on the torrent networks. Movie studios and tv studios and the record companies have all sent legal notices to people they have tracked down through their IP address due to torrents that those folks have downloaded and continued to share.
So if you are going to download torrents, then I recommend that once you have your file, stop sharing it. I know it isn't in the spirit of the method, but better safe than sorry. I would also recommend running your virus software to check any torrented file that you've downloaded.
Bittorrent Plug-ins for Browsers
We'll take a look at downloading with the browser first since that's the easier way to do it.
The Opera browser supports torrents natively. Just click on a torrent link. Opera will then open a dialogue box asking you if you want to download the torrent and all you will need to do is click yes.
There's also a browser called Wyzo that has this function intergrated directly into the browser. In addition to handling bittorrent it also has a download accelerator so you may want to take a look at this browser and see if it suits your needs. I personally haven't used it, but it is mozilla-based so it probably works just fine.
Or you can download torrents through Firefox with a plug-in. There are a few different plug-ins available.
Firetorrent works with Firefox 3.0 or greater and there's a version for Windows, MAC and Linux. Firetorrent is pretty good and you can get some good speeds on it, but it does have one major flaw. You cannot pause or resume your torrents. Also, it is not set up for seeding. So if you want to seed files yourself you will need to look elsewhere.
Another potential drawback, depending on the types of files you normally download, is it doesn't have a file selection feature. Say, for example, you are downloading an album or a discography, but you don't want every song or album because you already have them.
bittorrent clients allow you to selectively choose what files to
download -- which speeds everything up since you aren't grabbing any
files that you don't need.
Since Firetorrent can't resume a file, I would not be inclined to use it on larger files. As far as browser plug-ins though, Firetorrent is probably the fastest.
Onother plug-in isFoxTorrent. FoxTorrent is slow, however, so it certainly wouldn't be my first choice.
- Torrent - a (very) tiny BitTorrent client
Torrent is a lightweight and efficient BitTorrent client for Windows or Mac with many features.
- Azureus, now called Vuze : Bittorrent Client
Vuze is the easiest way to find, download,and play HD movies, TV and videos. Download and stream using the most powerful p2p bittorrent app in the world.
Standalone BitTorrent Clients
If you are going to be downloading lots of torrents, especially sizeable ones, then I strongly recommend you go with a standalone bittorrent client. There are many to choose from, but a few are particularly outstanding.
Currently I use uTorrent and I've been very happy with it. Once you download it, if you set it up as your default client, any torrent links you click in Internet Explorer or Firefox will automatically open in uTorrent. If you use Opera as your browser though, you'll have to futz around with things in order to turn off Opera's client as the default.
Besides uTorrent, which is fast and easy to use, Azureus is another popular client. It's had a name change recently and is now called Zuze. I switched from Azureus to uTorrent because I found that Azureus had upgraded its interface to something less than user friendly and more complicated than it needs to be, but you may want to check it out.
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