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NAS 162

Introduction to Download Center

Learn how to use Download Center to execute BitTorrent and HTTP/FTP downloads.


Upon completion of this course you should be able to:
1. Have a basic understanding of Download Center

2. Execute BitTorrent and HTTP/FTP downloads using Download Center


Course Prerequisites:
Students are expected to have a working knowledge of:



1. Introduction to Download Center
1.1 Introduction to Download Center
Download Center allows you to easily download and save files to your NAS. Your NAS can effectively replace your computer in helping you with any download jobs. This provides you with data protection and energy saving benefits. An ASUSTOR NAS consumes far less power during operation than a normal computer does. No longer will you have to leave your computer on for long periods of time while downloading files. Download Center supports HTTP, FTP, and BitTorrent downloads along with the scheduling of download tasks and the limiting of download and upload speeds.

Furthermore, Download Center supports selective downloading with respect to BitTorrent downloads. This gives you the ability to select and download only the files that you wish to from within a torrent. You no longer need to waste bandwidth and storage space downloading unnecessary files that you don’t want.

Disclaimer: ASUSTOR Inc. does not in any way endorse or support the illegal downloading or piracy of copyrighted material.


2. Using Download Center
2.1 BitTorrent Downloads

In the following example we will walk you through the process of searching for and downloading torrents using Download Center.


In the [Torrent Search] field, enter the name of the file that you would like to search for and then click on the magnifying glass icon to begin your search.


The search results will be automatically listed. Select the file that you wish to download by double-clicking on it.


The Add Download Task window will now appear. Configure the settings to your liking and then click [OK] once you are done.


Your download will now begin. You will also be able to see detailed information regarding the download in the lower panel of the Download Center window.



After your download has completed you will be able to find it in the default download directory.


2.2 HTTP/FTP Downloads

In the following example we will walk you through the process of executing HTTP/FTP downloads using Download Center.



Click on the [ + ] icon.


The Add Download Task window will now appear. Select [URL(s)] and enter the URL for your download into the field and then click on [OK].


Your download will now begin.

2.3 Download Center Preferences

Download Center supports setting a limit of up to 50 simultaneous download tasks. Also supported are seed ratio limits and automatic removal of completed download tasks.

Download Center supports changing download and temporary storage locations. Incomplete downloads are stored in the temporary location until completion.

Activate push notifications to receive notifications upon completion of a download task on a phone or tablet.

Within Connection, options are available to set the connection port and whether or not to enable encryption. Options for encryption are as follows: Disabled, forced, or prioritized. The distributed hash table, known as the DHT network can also be enabled. Distributed hash table networks help increase fault tolerance, decentralization, and scalability.

Download Center supports limits on download and upload speeds, number of active connections, and the maximum number of peers for each torrent to so as not to interfere with other NAS connections.

Scheduling supports setting upload and download speed limits or even stopping all transfers at specific times. Seeding will stop downloads but allow uploads to proceed.

Search engines can be added or deleted here.

The downloaded file can be set to be automatically decompressed, or it can be further set to delete the original compressed file after the decompression is completed. Supported archives for decompression are .zip, .rar and .7z.

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