I have been trying both BitComet and BitTorrent and recently I tried the uTorrent. Giving me for about a month of experience, I would like to vote uTorrent as the best BitTorrent client software for the following reasons:
- Installation files is very small – I just love it. It still serves exactly the same purpose as other BiTorrent client software with this tiny program.
- Download speed is faster – It just beats both BitComet and BitTorrent by looking at the total downloading speed for the same torrent files. I don't really benchmark it by apple-to-apple comparison but this is my overall impression.
- Very small memory footprint – It is a least still very responsive when I'm downloading a lot of huge files as compared to BitComet and BitTorrent which have a little bit of lagging. Big kudos to uTorrent, I really love it.
- User friendly interface and ease to use – Most of user options and settings are self-explanatory. There are only 3 menus (i.e. File, Options and Help) which I found it very simple enough as compared to the rest.
- No annoying advertisements – Some BitTorrent clients just have this annoying advertisement which I think that is really unnecessary. They're not spyware but I don't like them to be displayed at the bottom of the software.
- Resuming is very fast - The resuming speed is really awesome every time I exit the uTorrent or restart my computer. It is somehow ways faster than the rest of the bitTorrent clients software and most importantly it doesn't hang.
Downloading & Configuring uTorrent
(1) Download uTorrent from the official uTorrent website and run the installation and follow through the simple setup instructions.
(2) Uncheck the "Start uTorrent when Windows starts up" which I think is not necessary.
(3) Do Not Install Ask.Com Toolbar because it is completely useless. Uncheck all the check boxs at the last page of installation. Click "Install" to continue the installation.
(4) At the “Speed Guide” page, click on the “Current Settings” select the most appropriate download speed. It will then automatically decide the best settings for you (e.g. upload limit, connections per-torrent and etc.) You can also run the speed test at www.dslreports.com or check with your internet service provider for your maximum download speed. For simplicity, you can just.
Notes: 8kbps (bit per second) is equal to 1kBps (byte per second). 1 byte = 8 bits.
(6) Click on “Test if port is forwarded properly” to make sure the port has been forwarded properly. If that doesn't work try the following steps:
- Make sure you enable "Add Windows Firewall Exception" in "Option -> Preference -> Connection" menu.
- Restart your PC and perform the test again.
- Click the browser refresh button until you get to the successful one.
Some Useful Tips to Use uTorrent
- DO NOT patch TCPIP.sys to allow more concurrent half-open connections - it doesn't help much so you can just save your time to do that. Installing this patch may possibly screw up your system too, so don't take the risk.
- Enable Protocol Encryption - As you may know some Internet Service Provided purposely block the BitTorrent protocol traffic and limit the downloading speed. This is the most funniest thing I've ever heard. So we need to hide from them and you can go to Options -> Preference and set the Outgoing Protocol Encryption to Enabled.
- Using Force Start to Better Efficiency - The maximum number of connections is determined by "Options -> Preferences -> Bandwidth -> Number of Connections" but I usually use the Force Start feature (i.e. right click the downloading file) to kick start the download even though it exceeds the number of maximum connections. You need to play around with this to get the optimum performance that you wish. Every different torrent files download could be different.