HOWTO – use Amazon EC2 for Bittorrent

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HOWTO – use Amazon EC2 for Bittorrent

Brett O’Connor wrote an informative article on using Amazon’s EC2 service to host a Bittorrent client. For an estimated $75/mo, he can feed his torrent addiction without impacting the bandwidth on his local network.

For me, at home, trying to maintain my ratio has caused big problems for my evening Left 4 Dead sessions, and can sometimes even make day-to-day web browsing a frustration.

So then why not then move Bittorrent out of the home/office and into the cloud? This weekend I was able to do just that with great success. Using Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and TorrentFlux (a web-based Bittorrent manager which runs on top of Bit Tornado). I created a web-based, open-source Bittorrent “machine” that liberated my network and leveraged Amazon’s instead. I can access it from anywhere, uploading Torrent files from wherever, and manage them from my iPhone.

Apart from the bits about setting up TorrentFlux, this is actually a great introductory guide to configuring and using the Amazon EC2 service. Those of you who have used EC2 would probably agree with me that it’s a more concise and straightforward introduction than Amazon’s own documentation.

Use Amazon EC2 for Bittorrent

4 thoughts on “HOWTO – use Amazon EC2 for Bittorrent

  1. Anonymous says:

    I think 75$ would pay nowadays for quite a serious broadband connection to your home with a lot of advantages over this EC2. It would be much, much more scalable and it wouldn’t hog the connection when you download something (you still have to download the stuff from amazon, isn’t it?).
    Or you can go to the usenet route and get mostly everything for 15$/month (newshosting, giganews) with the added advantage that if you handle let’s say “gray” downloads you won’t be breaking the law by actually sharing those things like torrent does. And usenet won’t disturb the other traffic as you open only one (or a very few) connections and you can cap the download and there’s no upload to speak of (it would have the same effect as downloading over http or ftp with a nice client that can cap your speed).

  2. SMACK lamers says:

    duplicated speculation? how have you contributed to the interweb, spammer?

    A link would have been sufficient if you cannot be bothered to fact check or test it yourself


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