• FlightSim.Com Adds Torrent Support

    Some of you may remember several instances in the past when releases of very large scenery files caused a degradation in our usual speedy service. This is something that does not happen often so we really cannot afford to permantly upgrade our entire system to handle such loads when our day to day load is only a fraction of those peaks.

    One option for dealing with such large files is "torrents". Essentially, this is a system where the user community shares the load. After you download the file you then become one of the sources for future people to download from. The load gets spread out among many people so downloads are fast and the people who are "seeding" the file are not greatly impacted.

    Torrents have sort of a bad reputation since they are frequently associated with software piracy but there's nothing inherently wrong with the technology when used by the right people. With FlightSim.Com organizing and managing these torrents you can be sure they are safe.

    What Do I Need To Use Torrents?

    Your browser cannot do torrents directly so you will need a torrent client. For our server end we are using the qBittorrent server and there is also a qBittorrent client, which I am personally using on my own PC and which you can get here:

    http://www.qbittorrent.org/

    There are other torrent clients; you do not have to use this one if you prefer something else.

    Torrent downloads will only be offered selectively, generally only on unusually large files which we expect to also be quite popular. To see if torrents are available, look for the "qB" icon by the file; it will look like this:

    Just click on the "qB" icon to get the torrent file which you then load into your torrent client to start the torrent download.

    Help Us Test

    We'd like your help in testing this. Today, we've set up just one file that offers torrents. Please go to our file library and find this file:

    p-3c_orion_v31_fsx.zip

    Try downloading it with torrents and leave a comment below to let us know how it worked for you. Thanks for your help!

    Tags: torrent

    20 Comments
    1. alpilotx's Avatar
      alpilotx -
      This is great news! I hope to have some new "test files" for this soon
      http://www.alpilotx.net/2014/02/14/p...-and-farms-v2/
    1. Barkingside's Avatar
      Barkingside -
      Good in some respects, though bad in others in so far as it may lead some to investigate the piracy which is rampant in torrents.
    1. sgwestrip's Avatar
      sgwestrip -
      Quote Originally Posted by Barkingside View Post
      Good in some respects, though bad in others in so far as it may lead some to investigate the piracy which is rampant in torrents.
      The more that torrents are used for legitimate files then it will go some way in stopping the perception that torrents are only used for piracy. It is great way of distributing large files using a large community that flight simming has.
    1. JSkorna's Avatar
      JSkorna -
      4 minutes with the torrent file, 1 minute using direct download.
    1. TseTse's Avatar
      TseTse -
      Torrents and P2P networks are oftentimes associated with online piracy, which is most times the case, but not always. Linux distributions are available through official links, for example.

      While a good idea, people in many environments may not be able to utilize P2P networking because their ISP or gateway won't allow P2P connections. This is the case for me, where my school's restrictive network policies won't allow any sort of torrenting.

      Be sure to keep the Seeders seeding though. Without them, the entire download sort of dies.
    1. nickac1092's Avatar
      nickac1092 -
      Quote Originally Posted by TseTse View Post
      Torrents and P2P networks are oftentimes associated with online piracy, which is most times the case, but not always. Linux distributions are available through official links, for example.

      While a good idea, people in many environments may not be able to utilize P2P networking because their ISP or gateway won't allow P2P connections. This is the case for me, where my school's restrictive network policies won't allow any sort of torrenting.

      Be sure to keep the Seeders seeding though. Without them, the entire download sort of dies.
      Yea but remember that seeding uses up bandwidth on your network too. I would only do it for maybe 2 days after I downloaded it....
    1. Nels_Anderson's Avatar
      Nels_Anderson -
      We appreciate your general comments about using torrents. We'd also like to get some reports from people who have actually tried it as we'd like to get confirmation that it is working correctly.
    1. hschuit's Avatar
      hschuit -
      Works perfect, download took less than 2 minutes.
    1. aputech's Avatar
      aputech -
      Nels, it downloaded without a hitch--about 2 minutes.
    1. stretch's Avatar
      stretch -
      Nels, its works very well!
    1. guillermito's Avatar
      guillermito -
      No doubt. It,s the way to go. Less than three min to download. I use Utorrent.
    1. scubajuan's Avatar
      scubajuan -
      Can't find the option to download the HD mesh v3 via torrent, please help
    1. MrUnSavory's Avatar
      MrUnSavory -
      Worked Perfectly! I used uTorrent and I got the file in about 30 seconds. This should work wonderfully for those large files.
    1. Nels_Anderson's Avatar
      Nels_Anderson -
      Quote Originally Posted by scubajuan View Post
      Can't find the option to download the HD mesh v3 via torrent, please help
      Look for the blue circular "QB" icon at the start of the file description. Click on that.
    1. MrUnSavory's Avatar
      MrUnSavory -
      A little extra advice to those who have never used torrents before. If you download a file do not close out your Torrent application right away, leave it open for an hour or 2 at least. Once you have downloaded you are now a seeder and the more people who continue to seed the faster the download gets for the next people. Keep your fellow simmers in mind. Do not download and close, Download and seed!
    1. Dietzi's Avatar
      Dietzi -
      Totally new to torrent, I was not able to get a download to work, please help:
      the download did not start and qBittorrent says:

      http://torus.flightsim.com:9000/announce Not working

      and µTorrent:
      http://torus.flightsim.com:9000/announce No Connection could be established because the target computer denies the connection
    1. JSkorna's Avatar
      JSkorna -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dietzi View Post
      Totally new to torrent, I was not able to get a download to work, please help:
      the download did not start and qBittorrent says:

      http://torus.flightsim.com:9000/announce Not working

      and µTorrent:
      http://torus.flightsim.com:9000/announce No Connection could be established because the target computer denies the connection
      Please wait for the Flight Sim folks to re-set the servers. In the mean time you can get some slow downloads from those of us that are seeding right now.
    1. sparker256's Avatar
      sparker256 -
      Quote Originally Posted by JSkorna View Post
      Please wait for the Flight Sim folks to re-set the servers. In the mean time you can get some slow downloads from those of us that are seeding right now.
      I have been trying to seed but it appears that without the tracker running the seeding is not working for me.
    1. thatguychuck's Avatar
      thatguychuck -
      Quote Originally Posted by JSkorna View Post
      Please wait for the Flight Sim folks to re-set the servers. In the mean time you can get some slow downloads from those of us that are seeding right now.
      Is this confirmed that this is the problem? I was able to download three initially, but have gotten nothing since. Unable to get anything new for about a day and a half now.
    1. thatguychuck's Avatar
      thatguychuck -
      Duplicate.
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