FrostWire is a BitTorrent client that is well known for its stunning GUI as well as many different features, all of which have been built to make it easier for you to obtain the very best download speeds. One piece of terminology that you may hear when using the tool on your computer is “seeding”. In this article, we’re going to tell you exactly what it means and exactly how it works specifically in this program. By the end of it, you should know much more about what it is and why you should do it.
The first thing we want to talk about is seeding in general. This isn’t something that is specific to this client – It’s actually a term used by the BitTorrent protocol in general. When you’ve finished downloading a file, it has saved to your hard drive and you no longer need any extra data for that particular file, you may just think that the software stays idle until it is next needed. However, this isn’t the case. Seeding is where after your download has finished, FrostWire (or any other BitTorrent client) will upload the data you’ve received to other peers who are trying to download it at the time. It’s basically giving back the information that you’ve obtained by other people, and is done so that everyone can benefit from high speeds while downloading files from the BitTorrent network.
So, now that you know what seeding is, why would you actually want to do it? Surely it provides no benefit to you at all? In some cases this is correct, but the BitTorrent protocol wouldn’t exist like it does today if it wasn’t for people seeding. Our network needs people to keep giving back otherwise everyone would struggle to find any files they want which is bad news for everyone. We would always recommend to people that they seed back into the network because it helps to keep the network running, plus you don’t really lose out on anything either by doing so. On some private BitTorrent websites, you’ll also be required to seed back to the network in order to keep your account active with them so this is something you need to think about.
So, what does this mean in terms of this particular software? You’ll be glad to know that in order to seed to the network, you don’t actually have to do any work at all. When a download has finished, it will automatically go into seeding mode and everything will be taken care of for you. Sometimes you may be in seeding mode but aren’t actually giving any data yet, this is probably because there are no peers connected to your machine at the time but you should keep it running regardless. It will keep the files seeding forever, or until you remove it from the list and manually force it to stop. There isn’t really any reason to do this though so keeping it seeding is a great way to give back to the community.
In conclusion, after reading this article you should now know what seeding is when it comes to the BitTorrent protocol, why it is good for both you and the rest of the community as well as how it works in relation to FrostWire. All of what we’ve said should suggest to you that seeding is a great thing and shouldn’t be something you avoid, go ahead and do so to allow other people to get the data which you have. Uploading your own torrents could also be a good idea so we recommend that you look into this. Either way, we suggest that you install it onto your computer if you haven’t had the chance to do so yet because you really are missing out if you aren’t taking advantage of the many features included in this software package.