BitTornado is an experimental BitTorrent client that adds some extra needed features onto the original BitTorrent client. As you can see from the pic it looks almost exactly like the original BitTorrent client, just has some very little differences. Noticeable differences would be the ability to make upload rate limitations on the main window of the program. In the pic that you can see I've cut the file information for what was downloading, so usually you would see the name of the download in the title bar and beside the little green light. We'll move on in a moment to what the colored lights on the BitTornado client means and how they can be changed. The main screen also shows the Share Ratio which we will look at later, it is very important for users of BitTorrent to understand what the Share Ratio means. BitTornado is a very fast and reliable BT client and a good client to start off on for new users to BitTorrent. At the end of this guide you will see a list of other BitTorrent clients you can try out also, with links to AfterDawn guides to use them.
As you have seen in the first picture of the program I have posted, you can limit the upload speed you use on BitTornado quite easily. Since it's so easy to limit it I decided to put just a small word on it. You should set it to about 90% of your overall upload bandwidth. That way you know you are not choking your connection and your downloads should then come down quite fast. Four max simultaneous uploads is a good setting to have, but some users like to make the number higher if they have high upload bandwidth. If you chose a slow upload speed, then you will have a slow download speed, simple as that, so stick to using P2P as you are supposed to use it and share with the other users properly.
The ability to change the ports that BitTorrent clients use has become essential to some BT users. Some ports may not be reachable from the Internet, so using them as BT ports will affect your overall performance upload and downloading. For this reason, it is best that you go to the BitTornado preferences by clicking Prefs on the main window of the client. In the top right hand corner we can see the port range. The default ports are 6881 - 6889 and there are reasons why users shouldn't use these ports. The main reason is that ISP's have begun limiting the use on these ports, or have blocked them out completely so you have to make sure that you change it to the port that is not blocked by your ISP. As you can see I have chosen From 50505 to 50606. I got these figure just off the top of my head and you should do the same thing. If you are using a router you may need to configure it to allow port forwarding on the Port Range you use. If you use a firewall, then you may need to give BitTornado full unrestricted access to the Internet, and allow it to run as a server. To allow these new settings to take effect you will have to click Save and then restart the BitTornado client.
Written by: James "Dela" Delahunty
Last updated: 14 August 2007
Last updated: 14 August 2007