When you are using a lot of computers with large files, BitTorrent works best. Of course, you may not want to use a public tracker. Luckily, uTorrent has the option to act as a tracker. This Instructable only covers operating this on a LAN, but you can use port forwarding if you wish to share the files with people on the Internet. This is not covered in this instructable though.
When to Use this MethodBitTorrent is made for transferring large files to a large number of computers. If you only need to transfer files to a small number of computers or the files are very small, it is much easier and quicker to use a flash drive or other removable media.
Note: I will not be explaining the basics of BitTorrent in this instructable. Some previous experience is recommended. Also, this is meant for LEGAL use such as home videos or sending large amounts of your pictures to other home computers. I am not responsible if this is used in an illegal way or if you somehow mess up your computer or network.
Network Switch Picture by Wikimedia Commons user Zuzu
Step 1: List of Materials
Each computer needs to have the following:
- Connection to your LAN
- a BitTorrent client
Step 2: Stetting Up on Windows
This step only needs to be done to the computer acting as a tracker!
Then you need to give the tracker a static ip address. This step explains the setup for Windows, the next step for Mac.
Windows XP/2000/ME1. Go to Network Connections in the control panel.
2. Double click on the connection used to connect to the LAN.
3. In the just opened Network Connection window, open the Properties.
4. In the next window, scroll down to Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), select it, and then click on Properties.
5. Now find the correct IP addresses you need to enter. Do this by going to command prompt and enter ipconfig. Then take this info and enter it into the window you opened in the step before. Be sure to select Use the Following IP address/ Use the following DNS server address. The default gateway is usually the DNS address as well. You can safely leave the Alternate DNS server blank.
6. Congratulations, you have a static IP address on your computer! If you ever want to get rid of it, just change the Use the Following IP address/ Use the following DNS server address to the automatic one.
Windows VistaUnfortunately (or should I say fortunately :) ), I do not have a Vista computer. PortForward.com seems to have a tutorial HERE.
Step 3: Setting Up on Mac OS X
Setting a static IP address for a Mac is much easier.
1. Open System Preferences and select Network.
2. Go to AirPort if you are on a wireless network or Ethernet if on a wired network. The Ethernet layout may look a little different, but it should be close enough to the AirPort.
3. Find out the current IP address of the computer and remember it.
4. Go to advanced and then TCP/IP and change the Configure IPv4 to Using DHCP with manual address.
5. Enter the IP address you had collected in step 3 and enter this in the field below it.
Congratulations! Your done!
Step 4: Creating the .torrent
Step 5: Port Forwarding
Step 6: Getting the Clients to Download the Torrent
If you have any questions, please leave a comment an I will try to help. Just be aware that I may not be on Instructables often, so you may have to wait a while.