They are several bittorents clients out on the internet at the moment with users left with a selection dilemma, this somewhat leads to so many unanswered questions. The bittorrent protocol is no doubt a very useful tool but the question remains, what qualities should a user look for in these clients. Let’s take a brief look at what the protocol entails before we delve into what one should look for in a client.

BitTorrent is a transmissions protocol of peer-to-peer file sharing that is used to share data over the Internet, therefore a BitTorrent Client is a desktop application that initiates, truncates and manages the downloading and uploading of data using BitTorrent file-sharing protocol. BitTorrent Client is a software utility tool that supports the engagement and execution of the protocol on a local machine and is supported by many operating systems. BitTorrent Client is intrinsically designed to enable peer-to-peer communication services through the BitTorrent protocol for sharing, downloading and seeding data to a group of peers connected worldwide powered by the same protocol. It is a protocol that enables fast downloading of large files using the lowest possible internet bandwidth. It costs nothing to use and includes no spyware or pop-up advertising.

BitTorrent reaches the highest possible transfer speed by putting parts of the file you want together and downloading them instantaneously from people who already have them. Using this process you are able to download large files, such as videos, music and television programs unlike other protocols.

BitTorrent client works by allowing a local user to find torrents of their choice and downloads the torrents that relate to a file or data. BitTorrent client connects with the centralized server through the protocol, which in turn alerts all the peers, or trackers who have part of or the complete torrent file. Upon successful authorization and connection, BitTorrent client initiates the scooping of data from the remote peers to the local machine and reconstructs the file to its original state after downloading. Some of these clients include μTorrent, Xunlei, Transmission, qBittorrent, Vuze, Deluge, and BitComet. BitTorrent trackers provide a list of files available for transfer, and allow the client to find peers known as seeds who may transfer the files.

Bram Cohen, a programmer and a former student of University at Buffalo, came up with the protocol in 2001 and the first version was released on 2 July 2001, and the most recent version in 2013. BitTorrent clients are available for a variety of  platforms and operating systems including an official client released by BitTorrent, Inc.

What then do users look for in a bittorrent? With a lot of clients out there it gives users a pool to choose from, so what features stand one bittorrent clients out from another, what do a user look when choosing a client, Easy Use: Users should be able to easily maneuver the clients interface with relative ease and not some complicated GUI that will take a superuser to use.

The speed of downloads: a bittorrent client should be able to reach the required and available download speed on any netweork the client finds himself operating and should also have control over the download/uploads speed and also control over the bandwidth. The clients ability to resume stopped downloads: A client should be able to have resume capabilities on downloads as users wouldn’t appreciate having to start a download afresh in an event of network failure or power failure. Support for encrypted files, support for remote control through mobile applications, download scheduling, and port forwarding.

Rob Boirun

Rob Boirun

Staring in the storage industry in 1999, I worked for a DVD Burning API company that provided the burning engine for iTunes and other burning software. Today my love for all types of storage is being displayed here.

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