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4                <META http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
5                <link media="all" rel="stylesheet" href="../styles/TransBody.css" />
6                <title>Getting Started</title>
7        </head>
8        <body>
9                <div id="mainbox">
10                <A NAME="GettingStarted"></A>
11                <a href="../index.html">Home</a>
12                        <div id="pagetitle">
13                                <h1>What does Transmission do? </h1>
14                        </div>
15                                <p>Transmission is a BitTorrent client. It is used for peer to peer filesharing over the internet. BitTorrent is a fast way of transferring files, because everyone who downloads must also upload to others, thus creating much more bandwidth than a single server offering the file may have been able to provide.
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17                        <div id="pagetitle">
18                                <h1>How do I use it? </h1>
19                        </div>
20                                <p>You'll need to download a torrent file (extension .torrent). These are commonly found at <a href="http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=bittorrent+tracker&btnG=Google+Search">'tracker' websites</a>. Torrent files contain information about the actual file you want to download (eg a movie). Once you have the torrent file, open it in Transmission.
21                                You can also set Transmission to open torrent files automatically via Preferences >> Transfers >> General.
22                                <p>It is good etiquette to 'seed' the file for a while (ie leave it uploading) once your download is complete. You can set a default ratio to automatically seed to, and then pause. This can be adjusted in Preferences >> Transfers >> Management, or in real time using the Action menu.
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24                        <div id="pagetitle">
25                                <h1>How do I maximize my download speed? </h1>
26                        </div>
27                                <ol>
28                                <li>Make sure Transmission's <a href="portforward.html">port is forwarded</a>. If your router supports UPnP or you have Apple Airport, Transmission can do this automatically; just tick the checkbox in Preferences >> Network.
29                                Port forwarding makes it easier for others to connect to you, which therefore increases your speed.</li>
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31                                <li>Make sure you cap your upload speed, so that it isn't flooded. A good rule of thumb is about about 60-70% of your maximum upload bandwidth. This can be adjusted in Preferences >> Bandwidth, or in real time using the Action menu.
32                                <p>eg. If your upload connection is 256 Kilobits/sec, then you should cap it at 21 KB/sec ((<b>256</b> / 8) * 0.66 = <b>21</b>).</li>
33                                </ol>
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35                        <div id="pagetitle">
36                                <h1>Can I schedule my transfers? </h1>
37                        </div>
38                                <p>Yes, by using 'Speed Limit Mode'. Simply go to Preferences >> Bandwidth, and then set both the speed you would like Transmission to be limited to, as well as the period of time you would like the limits applied.
39                                <p>When Speed Limit Mode is enabled, the turtle will be illuminated in blue.
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41                        <div id="pagetitle">
42                                <h1>Can I queue my transfers? </h1>
43                        </div>
44                                <p>Yes, via Preferences >> Transfers >> Management.
45                                <p>The queue system is very simple: You start and pause torrents as usual, but if you're over the queue limit starting a torrent will instead make it "waiting to start".
46                                You can force a torrent to start without going in the queue by holding down option and clicking resume or using the Transfers menu item "start without waiting".
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48                </p>
49                <a href="../index.html">Home</a>
50                </div>
51        </body>
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