Aug 182022
 
uTorrent using two connections

Problem

On windows you can’t effectively use multiple gateways without using some complex solutions. I found a method of getting uTorrent to use both connection effectively without much messing around.

Solution

  1. Connect to both networks using a static IP. This can be done by configuring the routers to reserve an IP from the DHCP scope to your interface MAC address. You will need to know the router password on both networks for this. If you don’t know how to do this google Set Reservation on router DHCP. This is probably more work than just simply setting your interface adapter to use a static IP. If you don’t know how to do this under windows google Set Static IP on Windows. Note that both networks need to have a different router IP address. If they both use the default of 192.168.0.1 then you will need to change the one you control to use a different subnet; like 192.168.1.0, with the router on 192.168.1.1. If you don’t know how to do this google change router ip.

    Static IP

    Static IP of two interfaces

  2. Run two copies of uTorrent in Windows and in one instance change the net.bind_ip setting in Advanced Settings to one static IP, the other instance the other static IP. To do this copy uTorrent folder to another location, anywhere will do, “Downloads” is fine and run it as a different user. If you don’t know how to create a user in Windows google create user account in windows. You will also need to give the second account access to the copied torrent folder. If you don’t know how to do this google give file access to another user. You run a program under a different user account by holding shift right click on uTorrent.exe and select “Run as Different User” then enter the username and password you created. Probably best to create a new shortcut on your desktop for the second uTorrent called “uTorrent Another User” or something.

    uTorrent Bind IP

    uTorrent Bind IP

  3. Disable Randomize port on both uTorrents, they have to have different port numbers!

    Disable Randomize Port

    Disable Randomize Port

  4. Record the IP and port number from your main adapter in the form IP:Port. In my setup it is 192.168.2.5:29723
  5. Start a torrent downloading. Chrome will probably put the magnet link into you first copy of uTorrent however sometime it choose the other, it doesn’t matter. Once the meta data has been download right click the Torrent and select “copy magnet url”.
  6. In your second copy of uTorrent click add Torrent from URL, its a button on the toolbar. Paste the magnet link and OK.
  7. Select the torrent, click peers tab and right click, Select Add Peer. Add PeerEnter the IP and Port of your first instance of uTorrent.Add Peer It will get the metadata instantly, if it hasn’t already. Repeat the add peer process now it has the metadata.
  8. Watch in awe as your two uTorrent shares the data they get avoiding duplicate downloading and utilising both connections to the max.

    uTorrent using two connections

    uTorrent using two connections (I have a tiny 6Mb connection. My neighbour has 20 Mb)

  9. When the torrent is done downloading you will have two copies of the torrent. Delete one.

And Beyond

You can repeat the process for as many networks you have access to, they just need to be on different subnets.

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May 242022
 

Checking the slideshows for the first time in years found the the auto update broke 2 years ago. So fixed that. Fixed the updater and ran it and all free galleries from 2020 to 2022 are now included.

Slideshow 2

Met Art Slideshow 2

Catalog

Met Art Catalogue

Slideshow 1

Metart Slideshow 1

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Sep 072020
 

There is a fucking annoying pop up window within the gaming software every-time you focus an application that you have a profile for. It appears and then goes and there is no setting to stop it appearing. Its nice for Logitech to tell you you have changed application but, well, you already know, you did it.

So after getting fobbed off by Logitech tech support that it is in hand. Which a google search will find a Reddit post from over a year ago about someone complaining of the same issue; with the same response. I wrote a basic window closer on 200 ms repeat. Please find linked the binary and source code. Released freeware.

http://www.somedodgywebsite.com/data/KillLogi.zip

The program does nothing but close this annoying popup. You’re welcome.

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Jun 062020
 

I was looking for a solution to play video on my vr headset ($3) Samsung 8 in some viewer, aka the cardboard vr. First I thought that I would just view them over the network, but my rooted chosen ROM (Linage 17) doesn’t support smb from boot, so no fstab mapping can be done leaving me with a hacky file browse and view by another app solution.

Then by chance playing with my TV and trying to watch films on the computer I finally found a use for a UPNP/DLNA Server. I found also my VR apps that any for of networking found the uPNP/DLNA server no problem, not smb loging on etc, sweet!

Looking at the Windows uPNP offering I found none, for free or paid for, they could not make a custom menu from meta data tags. So Linux… Gerbera free and claimed to be able to do this so I had a go. A bit of hack trial and error later I got it going how I wanted with a sort of 2 level keyword search and reading all the tags I need to sort the collection. I meta tagged all my MP4 video with Mp3Tag v3.01, which is excellent util for the meta tagging via many different ways and easily expandable due to a simple text based plugin type feature.

Gerbera Custom Menu

Gerbera Custom Menu

I leave it here so maybe it’ll help someone else.
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