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 Post subject: Methods available to download torrents
PostPosted: March 7th, 2016, 2:47 pm 
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Methods available to download torrents
Media Center Master v2.15 (build 6616.607) / March 6, 2015
µTorrent v2.2.1 through current version

Edited: March 8, 2015

  
Contents

  1.  Acknowledgements 
  2.  Purpose 
  3.  Introduction 
  4.  Method 1 
  5.  Method 2 
  6.  Method 3 
  7.  Troubleshooting 



  1. Acknowledgements  


      This guide would not be possible without the members of this community who have provided direct and indirect assistance.

        Pete
        All current and past Forum Moderators
        And, all of the users who have posted topics, and replies to the forums.

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  2. Purpose  


    1. The main purpose of this guide is to provide the user with an understanding of the different options that are used for the different methods to download torrents. It can be useful in configuring an initial set-up, changing an existing set-up, and for troubleshooting.

    2. It is assumed the reader has knowledge of and has successfully configured Media Center Master, µTorrent, and, if used, the µTorrent Integration feature.

        See: "[Official] [Video] Torrents, uTorrent, and movie downloads" (here) for more information.

        See: "How to - MCM v2.14 & uTorrent v3.4.3 for movies" (here) for more information.

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  3. Introduction  


    1. Media Center Master provides the user with three (3) methods to download torrents. Each method has two (2) options that controls how Media Center Master provides .torrent files and/or magnetic links to µTorrent or another torrent client, e.g., Deluge, Transmission, Vuze..., for downloading torrents.

    2. Although all six (6) of the options can be used at the same time and work most of the time, for most users, this can sometimes lead to problems after the initial set-up is completed and the user adds or re-configures other software . Only one (1) or two (2) options are required. There is no added benefits of using all of them at the same time with most set-ups.

      1. Method 1

        1. Uses Windows Program and File Association feature.

          1. For single-seat set-ups 1 

          2. The two (2) options are used for .torrent files and magnetic links.

          3. Used with all torrent clients that can be associated with .torrent files and/or magnetic links.

            • Note: µTorrent must be used, if the user intends to use Media Center Master's µTorrent Integration feature, i.e., have Media Center Master automatically clear seeding and finished torrents.

      2. Method 2

        1. Uses Media Center Master's µTorrent Integration feature.

          1. For single-seat 1  or multi-seat 2  set-ups.

          2. The two (2) options are used for .torrent files and magnetic links.

          3. µTorrent must be used.

      3. Method 3

        1. Uses folder location paths.

          1. For single-seat 1  or multi-seat 2  set-ups.

          2. The two (2) options are used to specify folder location paths for TV episode and movie title torrents.

          3. Used with all torrent clients that can be configured for automatically loading .torrent files from a specified folder location path.

            • Note: µTorrent must be used, if the user intends to use Media Center Master's µTorrent Integration feature, i.e., have Media Center Master automatically clear seeding and finished torrents.

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  4. Method 1  


    1. This method uses Windows Program and File Association feature. It is the fastest, easiest, most commonly used, and is sufficient for most users.

      It is, also, the method used in the different guides found in the forums.

      1. Set-up scenario:

        1. Used for a single-seat set-up 1 .

          1. When µTorrent is installed, the install process configures Windows for µTorrent to be the associated program for .torrent files and magnetic links.

            • Note: If media player software, e.g., Kodi, Emby, Plex..., is installed on the same computer with Media Center Master and µTorrent, this method may cause Windows to lose focus with the media player software. See: "Troubleshooting, Section B"  (here)  for more information.

      2. The options are located in the Torrents tab.

        1. Auto-start downloaded torrents

          1. This option auto-launches .torrent files to µTorrent for downloading torrents.

            • No torrents will be downloaded from ThePirateBay, i.e., it, only, provides magnetic links.

        2. Allow magnet links to launch locally

          1. This option requires the above option to be enable to work.

          2. The magnetic link will have priority order, i.e., if a magnetic link is not available and a .torrent file is available, the .torrent file will be launched.

    2. No folder locations are required to download torrents.

      1. If you look at the selective wording Pete used in the description of the options, they do not state "save to" or "send to" ("Auto-start" and "launch locally" is used) and he did not provide a field for the user to enter a folder location path.

      Offtopic :
      The folder location for "New Downloads" is commonly configured in µTorrent to override the default location. This is usually performed by a user who prefers to manage files, i.e., organize files in one general location so they readily available with other working files.

      The "Move completed downloads to:", i.e., Media Center Master's "Watch" folder location, in µTorrent is required and the user should already be aware of this.

      The µTorrent Integration feature is not used to auto-start or launch .torrent files or magnetic links. The most common reason to use the integration feature is to clear seeding and finished torrents.

      Log example - Note the highlighted message
      7:34 PM :: MCM: Downloading new and missing episodes for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
      7:34 PM :: MCM: ... earliest episode adjusted to 5/22/2014
      7:34 PM :: MCM: ... search term: "law order svu"
      7:34 PM :: thepiratebay.se: Searching for "law order svu S17E17"
      7:34 PM :: thepiratebay.se: Results list fetched, looking for the best torrent...
      7:34 PM :: thepiratebay.se: ... Law.and.Order.SVU.S17E17.HDTV.x264-FUM[ettv] (posted 3/03/2016 04:45)
      7:34 PM :: thepiratebay.se: I found one I'm happy with, downloading the torrent file...
      7:34 PM :: thepiratebay.se: ... Law.and.Order.SVU.S17E17.HDTV.x264-FUM[ettv] (from: thepiratebay.se)
      7:34 PM :: thepiratebay.se: ... magnet:?xt=urn:btih:2d02044b8f23efceae1b97c085327941959b95f8&dn=Law.and.Order.SVU.S17E17.HDTV.x264-FUM%5Bettv%5D&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.openbittorrent.com%3A80&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Fopen.demonii.com%3A1337&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.coppersurfer.tk%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Fexodus.desync.com%3A6969
      7:34 PM :: thepiratebay.se: Done and auto-launched the torrent file.
      7:34 PM :: MCM: done!

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  5. Method 2  


    1. This method uses Media Center Master's µTorrent Integration feature.

      1. Set-up scenario:

        1. Typically used in a multi-seat 2  set-up to send .torrent files and/or magnetic links across a network.

        2. Can be used in a single-seat set-up 1 .

          1. By using the IP address of the computer that has Media Center Master and µTorrent installed, "localhost," or "127.0.0.1", the files and/or links will just loop back.

            • Note: If media player software, e.g., Kodi, Emby, Plex..., is installed on the same computer with Media Center Master and µTorrent, this method can be used to eliminate Windows focus problems. See: "Troubleshooting, Section B"  (here)  for more information.

      2. The options are located in the uTorrent tab.

        1. Remotely add torrents using uTorrent API

        2. Remotely add magnetic torrent links using uTorrent API

    2. The µTorrent Integration feature in Media Center Master and the WEB UI in µTorrent must be successfully configured.

      1. See: "[Official] [Video] Torrents, uTorrent, and movie downloads" (here), if needed, for more information.

      2. See: "How to - MCM v2.14 & uTorrent v3.4.3 for movies" (here), if needed, for more information.

    3. No folder locations are required to download torrents.

      1. If you look at the selective wording Pete used in the description of the options, they do not state "save to" or "send to" ("Remotely add... ...using uTorrent API" is used) and he did not provide a field for the user to enter a folder location path.

      Offtopic :
      The folder location for "New Downloads" is commonly configured in µTorrent to override the default location. This is usually performed by a user who prefers to manage files, i.e., organize files in one general location so they readily available with other working files.

      The "Move completed downloads to:", i.e., Media Center Master's "Watch" folder location, in µTorrent is required and the user should already be aware of this.

      Log example - Note the highlighted message
      7:31 PM :: MCM: Downloading new and missing episodes for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
      7:31 PM :: MCM: ... earliest episode adjusted to 5/22/2014
      7:31 PM :: MCM: ... search term: "law order svu"
      7:31 PM :: thepiratebay.se: Searching for "law order svu S17E17"
      7:31 PM :: thepiratebay.se: Results list fetched, looking for the best torrent...
      7:31 PM :: thepiratebay.se: ... Law.and.Order.SVU.S17E17.HDTV.x264-FUM[ettv] (posted 3/03/2016 04:45)
      7:31 PM :: thepiratebay.se: I found one I'm happy with, downloading the torrent file...
      7:31 PM :: thepiratebay.se: ... Law.and.Order.SVU.S17E17.HDTV.x264-FUM[ettv] (from: thepiratebay.se)
      7:31 PM :: thepiratebay.se: ... magnet:?xt=urn:btih:2d02044b8f23efceae1b97c085327941959b95f8&dn=Law.and.Order.SVU.S17E17.HDTV.x264-FUM%5Bettv%5D&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.openbittorrent.com%3A80&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Fopen.demonii.com%3A1337&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.coppersurfer.tk%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Fexodus.desync.com%3A6969
      7:31 PM :: thepiratebay.se: Sending magnet link to µTorrent via API...
      7:32 PM :: thepiratebay.se: Done and saved the torrent file.
      7:32 PM :: MCM: done!

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  6. Method 3  


    1. This method uses folder location paths.

      1. Set-up scenario:

        1. Used to save .torrent files to:

          1. A single-seat 1  set-up

          2. A multi-seat 2  set-up

          3. µTorrent or any other torrent client.

          4. A separate location to save TV episode .torrent files to use later or to use right away.

          5. A separate location to save movie title .torrent files to use later or to use right away.

          6. A single location to save both types of .torrent files to use later or to use right away.

          7. Another computer or device that is not running Windows.

          8. A single-seat set-up 1  with two instances of a torrent client installed, e.g., one instance designated for downloading music, ebooks, games... using Windows Program and File Association feature and a second instance designated strictly for Media Center Master using folder locations.

          9. And, any other specialized set-ups.

      2. The options are located in the Torrents tab.

        1. Save T.V. torrent files to: (path location)

          1. This option is for TV episodes.

        2. Save other torrent files to: (path location)

          1. This option is for movie titles.

          2. If a path is entered for TV torrent files and no path is provided for other torrent files, Media Center Master automatically provides the same path that was entered for the TV torrent files.

      3. The folder locations must, also, be provided in µTorrent and/or any other torrent client.

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        Log example - Note the highlighted message
        7:32 PM :: MCM: Downloading new and missing episodes for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
        7:32 PM :: MCM: ... earliest episode adjusted to 5/22/2014
        7:32 PM :: MCM: ... search term: "law order svu"
        7:32 PM :: thepiratebay.se: Searching for "law order svu S17E17"
        7:32 PM :: thepiratebay.se: Results list fetched, looking for the best torrent...
        7:32 PM :: thepiratebay.se: ... Law.and.Order.SVU.S17E17.HDTV.x264-FUM[ettv] (posted 3/03/2016 04:45)
        7:32 PM :: MCM: Detected bad torrent (torrent is only available as a magnet link, which isn't allowed per settings), skipping it.
        7:32 PM :: MCM: Law.and.Order.SVU.S17E17.HDTV.x264-FUM[ettv]
        7:32 PM :: thepiratebay.se: ... Law.and.Order.SVU.S17E17.480p.x264-mSD (posted 3/03/2016 05:28)
        7:33 PM :: MCM: Detected bad torrent (torrent is only available as a magnet link, which isn't allowed per settings), skipping it.
        7:33 PM :: MCM: Law.and.Order.SVU.S17E17.480p.x264-mSD
        7:33 PM :: thepiratebay.se: ... Law.and.Order.SVU.S17E17.HDTV.x264-FLEET (posted 3/03/2016 04:09)
        7:33 PM :: MCM: Detected bad torrent (torrent is only available as a magnet link, which isn't allowed per settings), skipping it.
        7:33 PM :: MCM: Law.and.Order.SVU.S17E17.HDTV.x264-FLEET
        7:33 PM :: thepiratebay.se: no results
        7:33 PM :: kat.cr: Searching for "law order svu S17E17"
        7:33 PM :: kat.cr: Results list fetched, looking for the best torrent...
        7:33 PM :: kat.cr: ... Law and Order SVU S17E17 HDTV x264-FLEET[rartv] (posted 3/2/2016)
        7:33 PM :: kat.cr: I found one I'm happy with, downloading the torrent file...
        7:33 PM :: kat.cr: ... Law and Order SVU S17E17 HDTV x264-FLEET[rartv] (from: kat.cr)
        7:33 PM :: kat.cr: ... https://torcache.net/torrent/8EDC81CAE8 ... 42.torrent
        7:33 PM :: kat.cr: Done and saved the torrent file.
        7:33 PM :: MCM: done!

        ThePirateBay, only, provides magnetic links. This method, only, uses .torrent files.

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  7. Troubleshooting  

    1. Should you experience problems where Media Center Master is launching or sending .torrent files or magnetic links and some of the torrents are not showing up in µTorrent, you need to be able to determine whether the problem is with Media Center Master, Windows, or µTorrent.

      1. Using "Divide and Conquer" troubleshooting will assist in determining which program is the culprit. To divide and conquer you do something, look at the results, eliminate something because of the results (Divide part), do something, look at the results, eliminate something because of the results (Divide again), and repeat these steps as needed until you resolve the problem (Conquer part).

        1. The eliminate something in this case could be to:

          1. Use one option, try the other option, or use both.

          2. Use a different method.

            • Method 1 eliminates any related issues with Media Center Master's µTorrent Integration feature (Method 2) and folder location paths (Method 3).

            • Method 2 eliminates any related issues with Windows Program and File Association feature (Method 1) and folder location paths (Method 3).

            • Method 3 eliminates any related issues with Windows Program and File Association feature (Method 1) and Media Center Master's µTorrent Integration feature (Method 2).

    2. Should you be experiencing problems where the window for Media Center Master is displayed over your media player,i.e, interrupting video play, you more than likely have Media Center Master configured to use Windows "Program and File Association" feature (Method 1).

      1. "This (Method 1) is essentially the same as double-clicking a .torrent file from Windows and causes Windows to run the associated program for that file extension, which can change focus." Quote from Pete

        1. Re-configure the options to use the "Remotely add" options in Media Center Master's "µTorrent Integration" feature (Method 2).

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Footnotes

 1  Single-seat set-up - Media Center Master and torrent client installed on the same computer.

 2  Multi-seat set-up - Media Center Master installed on one computer and torrent client installed on a different computer or device.

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