Torrents have emerged as the biggest large file transfer protocol on
the internet. In fact, Ipoque, a German company that manages bandwith
solutions for schools and ISPs, recently released its 2008/2009 study
showing that 45-78% of all P2P traffic is under the BitTorrent
protocol. TorrentRelay is a site that is helping people take advantage
of the swarmtorrentrelaylogo of traffic by making the use of torrents just as easy as
using your web browser.
If you've used torrents before, you know
there can be certain degree of difficulty in getting your client set up
to accomplish the transfer, particularly in the port forwarding
department. This is TorrentRelay's main advantage over normal
clients. You can get around firewalls and router port-forwarding by
using TorrentRelay, which gets the same access that your browser gets.
Now THAT'S clever!
The site features two versions of its
in-browser torrent client: one for desktop web browsers and one for
mobile browsers. With each you have the option of using a basic
account, or purchasing a "Prime" account, which will enable you to open
a torrent, close you browser, and log in from another location to get
your files once the client has fully processed the torrent. The
feature list on each is pretty extensive, and advanced settings can only be
changed with a Prime account, which makes the service pretty
attractive. For this article, we just used the basic account, and
still found the online client to still be quite useful.
You can load a
torrent a number of different ways, which is another distinct advantage
of TorrentRelay. Ordinarily, you would download a torrent, and load it
up in your client to start the download. But, in some networks, you'll
have trouble downloading a torrent or any file, for that matter. With
TorrentRelay you can enter in ID numbers from a few popular trackers,
and even provide a direct link to the client to get the torrent. Using
the "Web Importer" feature, you can even give the URL of a search
results page to find out what torrents are available from that page.
you load your torrent, you'll want to leave the window open as it
processes. At the moment, a progress bar isn't available without a
Prime account, but you can enable it to auto download your files as
they become ready. TorrentRelay will remember your IP as you navigate
around the site's options and get familiar with the service, and when
you back to "My Library", your torrents should still be there.
As a client, TorrentRelay is full featured, and will work great for those who are just starting to use BitTorrent, and also experienced users who want more control over the specifics of the file transfer. If you try the service without buying a Prime account, you will definitely notice that the system bounces you back many times when trying to download a torrent, saying "Sorry, the system is too busy". Since this is their approach to getting you to pay for an account at TorrentRelay, there really isn't a way around it, unfortunately. Still, the added convenience of not having to install a client, and configure port forwarding make TorrentRelay a real winner. Give it a try, and let us know what you think!