With file sharing BitTorrent site ThePirateBay.org in the news lately, I can’t help but think of how to best harness the power of BitTorrent from your BlackBerry device.
When I began exploring the issue, I was keen on the idea of bypassing the PC altogether and downloading files straight to my device. Unfortunately, my search for a BitTorrent client for the BlackBerry OS came up negative. A native BitTorrent client (if available) would be useful to the few users with robust data plans, the latest devices and a large memory cards. Also, with all the wireless security and firewalls the BlackBerry has built in, it may be a bit difficult to develop a client.
Using remote desktop software to take control of your PC was another method I considered. I envisioned too many steps for what should be both convenient and mobile.
RSS technology has begun to make some waves in the BitTorrent world, and provided what I feel is the simplest solution. What started off as a way to subscribe to news feeds, has now opened up the possibility of easy remote downloading. Many BitTorrent sites now offer their users the option of adding any torrent file to their personal RSS feed. Now it’s as easy as setting up a desktop with your BitTorrent client pointed to your personal RSS, and adding new torrents from your mobile browser.
Here’s what I did to get my system of remote downloading working. I got this working using a mac so I’m sure there are even more options available to PC users. I used a personal RSS feed from mininova.org and Vuze (formerly Azureus) as My RSS sniffing BitTorrent client. On my commute I was able to remotely browse and queue downloads for my computer back at home. I was thrilled to find that a surprising number of my selections were downloaded and seeding by the time I arrived.
Using my home computer I went to Vuse BitTorrent client and entered my personal BitTorrent RSS feed into the “subscription” menu on the left side of the application.
Open your BlackBerry browser and navigate to Mininova.org and log in using your account.
Search for torrent files you want your computer back at home to download and add them to your personal RSS feed by clicking on the blue star graphic on any Torrent general information page.
At this point, you’ve queued the Torrent file and your desktop computer back at home will start downloading the Torrent.
There are many choices of BitTorrent clients and sites that will do the trick, so please post your working BitTorrent client and site suggestions in the comments.