eD2k / eDonkey

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Anyone who has been sharing files before BitTorrent became popular has heard the name of eDonkey (or eD2k), one of the first protocols build for larger files. Based on servers, which can be setup by anyone through a simple software. It can be described as a semi-centralized protocol, and currently there are around 7 servers online. However, most clients also …

TorrentSpy – A Torrent Information Program

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TorrentSpy can relate to two different things: A now defunct BitTorrent indexer, which was the most visited in 2006 according to TorrentFreak, and a little program from 2004 to extract information from a torrent-file, showing users everything from the files included to the current ratio of seeders and peers. You can find the official website here. (TorrentSpy in action) Can …

Morpheus – A Giant That Is No More

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Morpheus was a popular client for OpenNap, FastTrack (later abandoned), Gnutella and Gnutella2, and even BitTorrent, and is even featured in the (in-)famous “Don’t Download This Song” from “Weird Al” Yankovic. It had all the features of a good P2P-client, a build-in music player, a big community, iTunes integration, you name it. Never limited to only one network, support for …

Nodes.dat – File For eMule

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To connect to the Kademlia-network, you usually don’t need anything, since most clients come equiped with a list of nodes to join the party. In some cases it might be helpful to have a list of active nodes, which is saved in a file named nodes.dat. Lists of active nodes to bootstrap into the network (i.e. connect for the first …

Server.met – Server Lists For eMule

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For every ed2k or eDonkey2000-client such as eMule, you need an up-to-date server list to connect to the network. Of course, there’s is also the decentralized Kademlia, but not all clients support it. So, you should know how to load fresh, working servers. The so-called server.met file contains this server list, and there are several sources where you can get …

Lphant – Stay Away From This “Mystery Software”

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Update: As it seems, this new version of Lphant is the same as Bearshare and iMesh. Still, we absolutely don’t like the massive lack of information on the official website. Better choose a different program for file sharing or directly opt for the official iMesh client if you want to go for the music subscription service. Along with eMule, aMule …

mP2P / Manolito – Now Defunct

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Manolito P2P, or mP2P, is a file sharing protocol developed Pablo Soto, a spanish programmer. Back in 2001, it was part of the big explosion of P2P protocols, and considered as a new hope by many. Go to the official site for more. Notable clients were Piolet, Blubster and Manolito. The advantage to other networks were technical in nature; for …

File Sharing FAQ

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1. What is file sharing, and how does it work? A way of distributing and downloading files, not through a central server, but a network of users. In a file sharing network, every user is at the same time a distributer. A more detailed explanation can be found here. 2. That sounds interesting. How can I join the party? First, …

P2P: Why Can Downloading Speeds Vary So Much?

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Since file sharing relies on people sharing their bandwidth with others (either download you receive is an upload of another user who shares the data you want), your speed is the result of what others are currently able to offer you. Now, there are two essential bottlenecks: a) The uploading capacity of most peoples Internet connections is much lower than …