Is this possible, or am I dreaming?
January 21, 2011 11:19 AM   Subscribe

I need a way to set up a timer for when my torrents will run and when they'll be off. I'm using Transmission on a mac, but I'm open to switching things up.

I want to be able to set my system up so my (always-on) Mac (osX) will only use my torrenting program while I sleep. Ideally, I will be able to load torrent files whenever, and keep the program running all the time, but all downloads and uploads will be paused during the day, and resume from 12am-7am.

Is there a way to do this simply? Or not simply? I am more than willing to use a new torrent client if I need to! Thanks mefi!
posted by broadway bill to Computers & Internet (13 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
uTorrent on Windows has a great scheduler. However, I think the scheduler is not in the Mac version. I don't have a Mac to check myself.
posted by Nelson at 11:24 AM on January 21, 2011

uTorrent has a scheduler that should allow you to do just that. I have never used it tho, so your mileage may vary, and you might have to read some FAQs.
posted by Sully at 11:24 AM on January 21, 2011

You could set up a cron job (Lingon is a nice GUI interface for this) to schedule the hours when Transmission is allowed to run.
posted by special-k at 11:25 AM on January 21, 2011

This Windows version of uTorrent has this feature and there is a Mac download. I don't know if all the features in the Windows version exist in the Mac version, but I'd be very surprised if they didn't.
posted by mhum at 11:26 AM on January 21, 2011

In Transmission, go to Preferences > Bandwidth and check the "Schedule Speed Limit" button. Set the times how you like. Set the actual speed limit to 0.
posted by tylerkaraszewski at 11:26 AM on January 21, 2011 [7 favorites]

D'oh! What everyone else said. Also, consider me very surprised.
posted by mhum at 11:27 AM on January 21, 2011

uTorrent for Mac does not have the scheduler, FWIW.

Unless I am stupid.
posted by nitsuj at 11:32 AM on January 21, 2011

I would stop using Transmission, as it misreports stats to trackers (which might get you in trouble with certain private trackers).

Unfortunately, for the time being, a scheduler is not available for OSX uTorrent. Though it has been promised...
posted by kuanes at 11:47 AM on January 21, 2011

yeah, what tylerk said: Transmission > Preferences > Bandwidth has you covered.
posted by artlung at 11:47 AM on January 21, 2011

I've never ever had a problem such as kuanes with Transmission, and I've been using it since it was released.

Anyhow, Transmission does have a scheduler built in.
posted by InsanePenguin at 11:49 AM on January 21, 2011

Such as kuanes describes.
posted by InsanePenguin at 11:49 AM on January 21, 2011

Response by poster: AHH! I should have figured that Transmission had something built in. Thanks for the help!
posted by broadway bill at 1:07 PM on January 21, 2011

Misreports stats how?
posted by Mars Saxman at 1:44 PM on January 21, 2011 [1 favorite]

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