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post #1 of 6
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Dunno if in the US it's used or not, but here in europe the torrents are used a lot.
It seems some folks decided to integrate torrent support in the routers and severs. More @techreport

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Three network device manufacturers have announced plans to integrate native BitTorrent functionality into their routers, network-attached storage (NAS), and media servers. The move stems from a collaborative effort between BitTorrent and Asus, Planex, and QNAP that will result in the following devices gaining native support for the BitTorrent file distribution protocol:
  • ASUS WL-700gE Wireless Storage Router
  • ASUS WL-500gP Router
  • ASUS WL-500gW Router
  • Planex BRC-W14VG-BT Router
  • Planex BRC-14VG-BT Router
  • Planex BRC-W14V-BT Router
  • Planex BLW-HPMM-U Router
  • Planex BLW-HPMM-G Router
  • QNAP TS101 NAS Server
  • QNAP TS-201 NAS Server
The devices will feature a built-in BitTorrent client and download manager, allowing users to schedule and download files without needing to use a standard PC. As this report on Yahoo News points out, integrating BitTorrent into a storage or media server with an integrated hard drive will let users download large files overnight without having to leave their PC on. BitTorrent also sees the initiative as a means to push its protocol in the business sector, where it believes BitTorrent is an efficient and secure way to distribute legitimate content between users.
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Interesting.

I've never heard of QNAP or Planex but I almost know for certain those Asus routers will be available in the US.

The US hasn't really caught on to torrents (IMO) a lot of FTP's and HTTP's are still used frequently.
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I myself use torrents for everything (legal of course.) I think the one reason why the U.S. population stays away from torrents is because of the illegal content (although probably not), and because of the lack of knowledge of how to use torrents and how to forward ports to use the clients.

I know lots of my friends who use many P2P client programs (the non-tech savvy friends that is) and the reason they don't use torrents is because of the fact that they don't know how to use them. IMO, all of us here are lucky enough to have the knowledge on how to use them and have the Overclock.net community to help us out if we don't know how to.

However, I've never heard of the brands "QNAP" and "Planex." I have heard of ASUS, and I really don't know why they are doing this. From my understanding they really don't have much of a stand in the networking field like Linksys & Cisco, DLink, and Netgear. The U.S. population who knows about the torrent scene are the tech-savvy type who really don't need these features installed to use them. We all know how to forward ports on our top-of-the-line router unlike most of the U.S. citizens (although that appears to be changing) so the only people who would concider buying an "ASUS" router would be the people who get all of their tech advice from the nub manager at circuit city. Who knows, maybe it'll take off for them, but I vote against it and don't think it'll get anywhere. I just gotta say good luck for these companies, and hopefully they'll incorporate newer, better technology in these networking products besides Torrent file support. Otherwise I don't think I'll concider any of these products.

There's my . (This is what I do in my Independant Study Networking class, write long posts for you guys )
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Pretty much, the "Average Joe" of computing automatically assumes that Torrents are used solely for piracy and pirating software- It is an expansion of Peer to peer networking, which is great! FTP and HTTP can only go so far, and P2P is an awesome way to expand upon it....However, it never gets any "good" press, only the common assumption that 'people use it for piracy!!!!!!'
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Originally Posted by Burn
Pretty much, the "Average Joe" of computing automatically assumes that Torrents are used solely for piracy and pirating software- It is an expansion of Peer to peer networking, which is great! FTP and HTTP can only go so far, and P2P is an awesome way to expand upon it....However, it never gets any "good" press, only the common assumption that 'people use it for piracy!!!!!!'
Yeah, I download app updates and code bits using torrents at work. It's really useful. And you don't have to suffer the nuclear advertizement assault when going to a normal download hub.
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Though to be fair, BitTorrent did gain popularity because of it's ability to "ease" piracy.

Those who remember the days of Torrentbits will know that people were practically killing for a spot within their 100 000 member community, and supernova was of couse the #1 pirate stop.

The protocol is efficient and promising, but it's hard to implement into any buisness models.
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