What Is Bittorrent DNA, Remote, And Should You Use It

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 23, 2011
Updated • Dec 2, 2012
File Sharing, Internet

Paulus just emailed me to let me know about a new version of uTorrent that had been released as a first release candidate recently. The developers of the Bittorrent client have added several new features and technologies to the popular distribution software. Two of the new technologies that got added are Bittorrent DNA and uTorrent Remote.

When you open the preferences in uTorrent, you will see a new DNA entry in the left menu. The preference lists a small explanation at the top:

Bittorrent DNA is a content delivery system that reduces publisher server load by using Bittorrent peer-to-peer delivery. Is is used only for content that you request.

DNA is enabled by default, at least in the latest test version of uTorrent 3.1. With DNA enabled, users may be able to download data that is powered by DNA faster. The service won't accelerate standard torrent downloads.

It works exactly like those MMORPG downloaders that Blizzard and other companies offer. These downloaders use official servers and other users who download the data to speed up the downloading. DNA seems to be basically the same deal. Please note that you will also distribute part of the data to other users whenever you download with DNA enabled.

If you do not download data from websites or services that support DNA, you should consider disabling Bittorrent DNA in the preferences as it is of no benefit to you.

Just uncheck Enable DNA powered downloads to block Bittorrent DNA from being used by uTorrent. You may also check Alert me when DNA-powered downloads are added to uTorrent to receive notifications when downloads that make use of DNA are added to uTorrent.

Please note that DNA can also be distributed as a separate client alongside programs, games and other contents on websites. The program works in the same way but is completely independent of the Bittorrent client.

Remote is another new feature. Unlike DNA, it is disabled by default. The technology can be used to connect to the client from a web browser to manage and control the Bittorrent software remotely.

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You need to supply a username and password and check the Enable uTorrent Remote Access feature. All you need to do then is to open the remote service on the uTorrent website and enter your computer name and password to remotely connect to the uTorrent client.

Hope this answers some of the questions that users may have when they encounter Bittorent DNA and uTorrent Remote for the first time.


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  1. NONE said on November 10, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Just kind of frustrated with these people what were they thinking not allowing people the option to not have remote enabled… some at least the whole geek world does not trust the vary word REMOTE let alone what it implies to said app as this very scary I would even consider not ever getting Bit Torrent ever again if this keeps up. I just would not trust such a notorious feature with such sensitive data.

  2. Paul(us) said on November 24, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Hoi Martin, Your article is much appreciated by me. The new remote control function is now more than Cristal (ferry handy by the way) clear.
    Concerning the Bittorrent DNA function I am still wondering how I can find out witch websites, (like isohunt or piratbay) or services (like repair websites) support DNA?
    Is there a special mark/sign on the website I can look for?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on November 24, 2011 at 9:57 am

      Paulus, I see DNA as a commercial option for companies. You won’t find it on PB or other Bittorrent sites. Maybe this page on the Bittorrent site explains it further: http://www2.bittorrent.com/dna#pane_dna_downloaders. It is basically for content developers to distribute their contents not only by using their servers but also with the help of DNA.

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