I hear you bro. Honestly, i get a little chub when i download at 5mb/s, but i would litterally blow through that cap in one day if i had those speeds.
For people with slow(ish) connections who want to become uber leechers.
-Lots of hard drive space
-Unlimited internet connection (If you have a cap, utorrent 2.0 has a bandwidth cap which will pause all torrents until next month once cap is met)
-Correctly setup portforwarding
-Utorrent 2.0 installed (duh)
The best thing to do is to install utorrent on a machine that's always on. Now i realize not everyone's a huge nerd and runs their PC 24X7, but that's your fault cause you should.
Think about it. Downloading at 350kb/s (very reasonable, you can see this for 22 hours a day with UTP, between 6-8 you'll see 200) is like 30 gigs a day.
Downloading at 1mb/s stable for 7-8 hours a day will get you 30 gigs aswell.
As you can see, the key here is consistant downloading.
Further optimization / remote monitoring and queing:
I love Utorrent for a number of reasons, one of which is the WebUI.
Basically, this lets you load a java frontend to your utorrent which is accessible through a web browser:
(this is NOT my screencap, just for illustration, i dont watch buffy)
How to set this up:
Utorrent->options->preferences->webui-> click enable
CHOOSE A USERNAME AND PASSWORD. DO NOT LEAVE THE DEFAULTS.
I'd leave the listening port as is, it will save you having to forward another port.
You can now test out webui:
The address is: (XXX = your IP, YYYY is the port you forwarded) You can use either your external ip (actual IP) or your local ip which will start with (192.168.XXX.XXX). Your local IP is not addressable outside of your home network, your external IP is. To find out your external ip go here: http://www.whatismyip.com/
So, you're almost done. Since most of you are on DSL, you have dynamic IP's. Dynamic IP's (unlike static IP's) change frequently (every time you connect to the internet, you have a new IP). This presents a problem, since you're not going to know what the IP of your network at home is if you're at work if the service has restarted. To solve this problem we use DYNDNS
Go to dyndns.org, sign up for an account (free). You will register for an account something like ZZZZZZ.dyndns.org
Option 1) Your router supports DDNS [There will be a tab on your router config page that says DDNS]
Enter your account info under the ddns tab (your username, which doesn't have to be the same as your sub-domain name (ZZZZZ from above. Username is in the confirmation email)
Option 2) Your router doesn't have DDNS options. In this case, download the DDNS updater from their website http://www.dyndns.com/support/clients/
Fill in your username and password. Click on update automatically (green checkmark should appear in bottom left corner)
will be the address of your frontend, accessible anywhere that has ipV4 internet access.
You can remove torrents, set upload/download caps, and add new torrents remotely.
The best way to add remote torrents is to click add new torrent (button in top left corner of GUI) and then enter the URL of the torrent itself (right click on download torrent on most sites, like TPB, and press copy link, then paste that into the field. The extention of the web address must be .torrent, like this:
Also, if you haven't seen the wire, its probably the best show i've ever seen on TV, so download it.