7/9/2014

How To Host a Transmission Daemon part 1

By: Nicklas Møller Jepsen

If you want to skip to the "How to install transmission daemon on the Pi, please look here

First a disclaimer...

I started out wanting to host a Transmission Daemon on a Raspberry Pi for some simple reasons; I wanted a torrent client which was always on, accessible from all my devices, and easy to use. I had a Transmission Daemon running on my NAS, but I have decided to let my NAS do what is is best at: Serving as a storage device, and nothing more. To keep the cost down, and because I thought it would be exciting (which it was!), I decided to install Transmission on a Raspberry Pi.

But then all the 'fun' began...

Short story: I mounted a network share where the Pi shoud download files to, after long strugling whith permissions I found out that the CPU usage was extensive when writing directly from Transmission to the share. Or, I thought that was the issue.. To optimize I mounted a USB drive to the Pi and used it as a placeholder for downloads in progress only to see that the CPU usage was still in the extreme zone.

That's why I decided to go back to my Hyper-V hosted Transmission Daemon.

For all of this not to be a total waste of time (oh btw, it isn't - I've learned a lot), I have decided to publish the procedure of how I did setup the Pi to host Transmission, how I mounted the share, how I formatted the external USB disk and how it all came up and running. Furthermore I will describe how I installed Transmission on Windows Server 2012 r2 and how it is running now.

Why I skipped the Transmission Daemon on the Pi

Look at the CPU usage Transmission:

CPU usage

And I did only manage to get download speeds of around 1-2 mb/s:

Trasnmission UI

Now, have a look at the post about how to set the Transmission up on the Pi and please leave comments, if you find a better way, or even a way where you are able to get descent download speeds: here