This provides a short guideline on how you can configure uTorrent to squeeze the best performance from your Internet connection.
FOR ABSOLUTE BEGINNER TORRENT USERS ONLY:
BitTorrent is a P2P protocol. Unlike HTTP (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol) there is no centralized server distributing data. Instead, files and folders are stored on regular PCs just like yours. People choose to let others download these files directly from them. Any user who has fully completed the download, and is only uploading to others is called a seed, any user who has a portion of the file and is downloading the rest and also uploading whatever he has is called a peer. And any user who downloads more then he uploads is called a leecher. The beauty of BitTorrent is that the more people uploading/downloading, the higher the speed will be for any individual users, whereas with a central server, more users downloading would mean more bandwidth consumption and lower download speeds. This is why BitTorrent is the protocol of choice for sharing large files.
Leeching destroys torrents and is completely against the BitTorrent sharing ideology. Whenever your PC is idle or you're not uploading anything (you normally aren't), then leave a torrent or two to seed so that others may benefit from it.
More details on the BitTorrent protocol can be found in the Wikipedia article here:
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