Transmission is a very popular BitTorrent client for Linux and Windows. While Linux users have been familiar with Transmission for many years, it is relatively new for the Windows users. It offers all the features you would want from a BitTorrent P2P client like support for the .torrent and .magnet links, but it also offers many exciting features such as the ability to remotely view and control the downloading of the files.
It is very useful if you have setup Transmission on your home computer and want to know what the status of file downloading from your work computer. Here is how you can quickly setup Transmission for remote access when it is installed on a Windows PC:
- Launch Transmission. From its menubar, select Edit and then Preferences.
- In the Preferences window, select the Remote tab.
- Place a checkmark in the checkbox labeled Allow remote access.
- Optionally, you can also change the port number and enter username or password.
- Click on the Close button.
- Now on the remote machine, you can access Transmission by entering your Windows PC’s IP address along with the port number from the Transmission settings and you will have the web interface access to your Transmission client.
There are a few problems you may face in this setup. For example, what if you are using an internet access that keeps changing your IP address? In that case, you can use DynDNS or No-IP services which is free to get a sub-domain on DynDNS that alays points to your Windows PC running Transmission. Some of the routers also have built-in DynDNS settings.
Another problem that often becomes a big headache is the router firewall. For this you have to enable port forwarding in your router. You can learn how to configure port forwarding for your router by searching for your router model at https://portforward.com/.
There is a dedicated, open source, cross platform (Windows, Linux and macOS are supported), feature rich client (written in Pascal) called Transmission Remote GUI (https://github.com/transmission-remote-gui/transgui) which is still in development. It has also portable version (both x32 and x64) which is really portable- all data and settings are saved in program folder. You might test it if you’d like.
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