- Why doesnt it connect?
- Since you are reading this is safe to assume you are connected to the internet. Try
opening chat, it sometimes helps to find more people. If you are at a college or university
and it blocks gnutella, try forcing your port to like 27910, it might help, also try chat.
Gnucleus does have settings to create a private gnutella network on your LAN so explore that
option also if you cannot get on.
- Whats a good number of connections?
- Five is fine, more than that can actually hurt the network because this list called hash-tables
get older, faster with the more hosts you have connected. Also it takes more power from your computer
to be connected to more people. The reason is because each connection you have brings in a lot of
traffic that all has to be analyzed and routed. Gnucleus is not just a client, but also a server, just
as all other gnutella clients are. This causes more power required by you, the user, to run, but the
pay off is that you become part of an efficient decentralized network.
- Why is my total friend count so low?
- Other major gnutella clients have recently implemented schemes where they will only reply to ping
packets when they need connections. So when a ping is sent out be gnucleus to find friends, only
friends who need connections respond and not everyone. This causes the total host count gnucleus
gives you to be lower than it actually is. Connecting to five people will give you access to a
large portion of the network.
- I have a modem, can I still use Gnucleus?
- Yes, I coded almost all of Gnucleus with a 56k connection. Because of this I know for a fact it works
fine over a 56k modem, though to make your downloads faster you may want to disconnect from the network
when you're downloading something. Think of it like this, with a 56k connection you have a total of
about 5k/s, each gnutella connection takes 0.5k/s, my strategy is to connect to 4 people using a total
of 2k/s and use the remaining 3k/s for downloads.
- How do I get the most out of my search?
- Break the name of the file you are looking for into keywords that you are sure of. Do not use
astriks, wild cards, dashes, commas, or dots. Just use keywords. If the file you were looking for
was called 'party at john's house-1998.mpg', search for 'party john house 1998 mpg'. No quotes either.
Using this search method should maximize the effectiveness of your search.
Do not search for 'mpg' or 'mp3', you've been warned ;)
- Why don't searches stop?
- Your search never stops ;). One of the advantages of gnutella is that you get your results from
searches immediately. Your query is processed by everyone instead of one central server.
Any new connections that are made while the search window is open will be searched also for matches.
There is no re-search funtions in gnucleus that run on timers.
- Why is my download slow?
- As every other file sharing program, your download speed is dependent solely on who you are
are downloading from. If you are downloading a file with many alternates you can right-click
on the file while it is downloading and select 'Next Host'. This cancels the download from the
current host and resumes it from the next host in the list which is hopefully faster.
- How does Gnucleus re-search?
- When a new connection is made gnucleus will send pending re-search queries over this new
connection once. Gnucleus does not support pounding the gnutella network for query matches. This
method is the most intelligent.