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Building a BitTorrent Rig with the Zotac ZBOX Nano Plus
|Product:||ZBOX Nano VD01 Plus|
|Date:||Tue, Dec 20, 2011 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Ken Brown -|
Vuze BitTorrent Software
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There are quite a few BitTorrent clients to help you find, download, and play HD content from the web. Vuze is Azureus’ descendant, one of the most popular BT clients ever to be downloaded. The newest version of Vuze makes it very simple for first-timers to get up and going.
Vuze is a Java-based BitTorrent client that has a ton of options for those wantint to download and “seed” (upload) information. It contains a very good – and customizable – search engine, a subscription service that enables you to automatically find content or episodes whenever there is something new available.
After getting your content, Vuze can even help you stream your content throughout your home or office. There is even a way to play back your content on your Apple iPhone, iPod, iPad, Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3, PSP, or TiVo. You can just drop-and-drag the media into the device icon and Vuze will automatically know what each device settings should be so no more trying to figure out which is the right screen size for your iPod or what audio is best to transcode for your PSP. Vuze works this out for you automatically.
For those of us with set-top media boxes or DLNA supported televisions, Vuze comes with a UPnP Media Server plugin. Enabling this, allows Vuze to show up on devices that can access UPnP Media Servers. Overall, Vuze is feature-rich for the beginner and the advanced user. This is why we chose piece of software as the heart of our BitTorrent machine.
You will notice that the install files aren’t very big to begin with and once you finish the installation process, the Vuze folder takes about 20meg of space on your hard drive.
Once running, there is a Vuze Installation Wizard that comes up. Vuze tries to help you out by testing your internet speed and apply them to the program. When torrenting, you don’t want to just peg your internet speeds and become a bandwidth hog. Vuze will look at your max upload/download speeds and suggest a setting for everyday use. What is nice is that Vuze can “throttle” your bandwidth according to what others are doing on your network.
After Vuze gets a general feel for your network speeds, it asks you about your proficiency with Vuze and BitTorrenting in general. Choose “Advanced” so that we can see all options and customize them.
We want to make sure “Pause Downloads on exit” and “Resume paused downloads” are checked, just in case that 50 GB file doesn’t finish downloading and you need to shut down your machine and start up later. Checking this option will help prevent your partially downloaded file from being corrupted or lost.
Under the Connections option, we choose the TCP and UDP listen port to use with Vuze. This is very important as some ISP and BitTorrent sites disallow or regulate traffic on default ports. We chose 49200 as our port number to use. Later on, we will make sure that our router allows connections from the outside world through that port for this machine.
The Transfer tab contains multiple options for managing how many connections and the speed of which you upload and download data. If you completed Vuze’s initial speed test, you will see the results in the Global Max Upload tab. Of course you can adjust any of these settings, but for us we like using the “Automatically adjust settings...” options to keep things simple and easy.
You can also assign where your Torrents data and multimedia data will be stored. Since we have a Network Attached Storage drive, we will point to it for the data we are downloading. I’ve unchecked the “Automatically download to default directory” since I like to tell Vuze where to put my downloaded files.
I limited the number of read/write files to approximately 500 since opening an unlimited amount of files for transfer can again bog the system down.
Under Interface->Display, we make sure we uncheck “Suppress File Download popup dialog” to make sure Vuze shows us the options that we have for downloading data each time.
Vuze can act as a UPnP server and allow your multimedia content that you have download to be streamed over your local network with either a set-top box like the WD TV Live, or with a feature-ready television. By default this feature is off and no media will be made available. If you think you might want this or need it, go ahead and check the “Enable UPnP” box.
We are now almost finished setting up Vuze for use. We still need to configure the Vuze search engine as well as our router settings.
Next Page - Port Forwarding and Router Settings
Page 1 - Building a BitTorrent Machine with Zotac’s ZBOX Nano Plus
Page 2 - Inside the Zotac ZBOX Nano Plus
Page 3 - Benchmarks of the Zotac ZBOX Nano
Page 4 - Building a BitTorrent Machine – Installing the Software
Page 5 - Vuze BitTorrent Software
Page 6 - Port Forwarding and Router Settings
Page 7 - Configuring the BitTorrent Search