[Guide] Using StreamTorrent
What is StreamTorrent?
StreamTorrent is a somewhat new streaming application that has been gaining momentum among streamers and stream viewers alike. The myp2p community has been credited and thanked in the client for all of the testing it has done for the program. Stream viewers have reported greatly improved video quality, while also reporting less CPU and bandwidth usage. Streamers are also pleased with having such a quality stream with lower bitrates than other clients require.
The program has an easy to use interface, and is quite minimalistic. The player itself is very similar to TVAnts and especially SopCast, which makes for an easier transition for users of those programs to switch with little issue to StreamTorrent.
Where to Download?How to Install StreamTorrent.
You can download StreamTorrent using one of the following URL's below.
Broadcasting Your Own StreamTorrent Stream.
- Download the StreamTorrentSetup.zip file.
- Extract the StreamTorrent .exe file, and open the installer.
- Fast Install (Buttons to Click): Next, I Agree, Next, Next, Install, Finish.
- You're finished.
See my guide here: [Guide] Broadcasting on StreamTorrent in the Broadcasting/Streaming Forum. Join us!
How to Open a StreamTorrent Stream.
There are several ways to open up a StreamTorrent stream. When using myp2p-listed streams, the most common method you'll be using are link clicking and copy and pasting, so I'll be covering those in particular. You can tell a stream is a StreamTorrent stream when you see the (ST) in the stream listing, i.e. #16TV (ST). Another way to tell if it is a StreamTorrent stream, is the StreamTorrent protocol st:// in the URL.
Copy and Pasting.
- To open, click the link, then click "OK" on the prompt to open the stream in StreamTorrent. (Simple, isn't it?)
- Text-based ST URL's: Select the text, copy the text, then open up StreamTorrent manually. Next, on the top menu click Edit, then click Paste. StreamTorrent will now prompt you saying "1 New Stream has been added", you can then play it by double-clicking the stream on your list, or by clicking the stream once to highlite it, and then clicking the play button.
- Link-based ST URL's: Right click the link, copy the link, then open up StreamTorrent manually. Next, on the top menu click Edit, then click Paste. StreamTorrent will now prompt you saying "1 New Stream has been added", you can then play it by double-clicking the stream on your list, or by clicking the stream once to highlite it, and then clicking the play button.
StreamTorrent Link Issues.
This isn't a problem with the program itself, but rather an issue that has appeared occasionally on the myp2pforum. Due to the length of the st:// URL's, links have at times been listed with a space, or in a resolved form featuring the %20 hex code. Links with this issue will not work as the URL is broken. To fix this, simply remove the space. When posting a URL featuring an st:// URL, use the URL button on your post editor menu.
The Facts Behind the bit.ly/Internet Explorer Issue.
In an attempt to be helpful, and resolve one of the issues with StreamTorrent (the one listed above), I introduced a bit.ly URL for the popular stream VP5. This URL is still currently in circulation because it does work. However, bit.ly and Internet Explorer don't get along when processing the st:// URL from this, and will not work with Internet Explorer. This is a non-issue for Firefox users, as the stream will load perfectly fine in StreamTorrent, so it's just one more reason to switch, right? Right.
Channel Name/Stream List Bug.
There is a minor bug in the program. If you don't have your stream list cleared, you may have a random issue in which your newly loaded stream will be titled under a previously loaded channel name. Example: You previously loaded VP5, and now you just loaded TigerTown4. Because of this bug, TigerTown4 may appear as VP5 on your list. If you view it, it will be TigerTown4, just named VP5.
The best way to resolve this issue is to clear your channel listing after each use. While this doesn't have any effect on playback, it will help eliminate any unnecessary confusion.
What Ports Need Opening?
Honestly, I've personally not had to open any ports, however it was previously recommended in a buried post in the original StreamTorrent thread to open the following ports. I'd only open these ports if the program doesn't work immediately after install to save yourself a possible headache.
- IPv4 (TCP/UDP): 15800-15899
- IPv6 (TCP/UDP): 15900-15999
Channel Buffering/Slow Connect Bug.
When you click on a StreamTorrent link, it auto-loads the stream, opening a player window with the stream list minimized. If it doesn't want to connect quickly, pull up the stream list and it'll start connecting to the stream. This is good for "Expired" streams to get them to load more quickly.
Have a question that isn't answered above? Ask, and I'll do my best to provide an answer.
Question: I used IE and it took one click and it worked. I thought it didn't work?Thanks, and I hope you enjoy your StreamTorrent experience!
Answer: The only time a StreamTorrent link doesn't work is when bit.ly is used to shorten the lengthy st:// URL. If a link is a complete st:// URL without the space in it, it'll work in IE. For more information about the bit.ly issue, look above.
Question: Does StreamTorrent Work with VLC?
Answer: Yes, both broadcasting and stream viewing are possible using VLC. The same method used for TVAnts/SopCast works with StreamTorrent.
Question: How can I tell when StreamTorrent is able to connect to the internet?
- Open StreamTorrent.
- Load the stream of your choice.
- Right click the video.
- Click properties.
- Copy the .asf URL. (Example: 127.0.0.1:15900/2.asf)
- Next, Open VLC.
- Click File.
- Open Network Stream (or CTRL+N).
- Select HTTP.
- Paste the .asf URL.
- Click OK, and you're done!
Answer: Hover over the StreamTorrent icon in the system tray. It'll display your current status. It should say "Stream Torrent Net State: Connected(Perfect)" when you have proper connectivity to StreamTorrent. If you don't, you likely have a port forwarding/firewall issue. The ports needing forwarded are listed above. You can learn how to properly forward ports using this guide here.
= Connection Error/Blocked by Firewall/Partially Connected.
= Offline/Not Connected to the Internet.
Question: How do you make StreamTorrent stay on top?
Answer: It's easy.
- Open the StreamTorrent Stream in a New Player.
- Right Click the Window Frame OR Right Click the Player in your Taskbar.
- Click "Always On Top".
- You're done!
Question: When I load a StreamTorrent stream, why does it say "Quality: Expired. Audience: Expired"?
Answer: When a StreamTorrent stream is old, and has been started and stopped more than once by the streamer, it will display this until it updates on your stream list. The stream is still running, and will play despite this.
Question: How do you use the Filter feature?
Answer: The Filter feature is meant for usage when you've got an extensive list of already added channels to your list of streams. You can narrow it and find a specific, previously viewed stream that is still on your list by typing in the filter box. It's a live filtering search, and will trim your list to your desired channel.
Question: How do you use the Search feature?
Answer: To use the Search feature...
- Click the Search Icon OR click the Search Button next to the Filter textbox.
- Next, type in a keyword you'd like to search for OR select one from the list such as Sports.
- Now, select the channel you'd like to see, and click one of the following...
- Open: Clicking this will add the channel to your stream list, and open the stream for viewing.
- Add: Clicking this will not open the stream for viewing, but it will add this to your stream list.
- Add All: This will add all of the results you've obtained from your search to your channel list.
Question: StreamTorrent buffers but doesn't play anything. (Original Thread HERE)
- Vista: Start > Paste regsvr32 wmnetmgr.dll in the search > Enter.
- XP: Start > Run > Paste regsvr32 wmnetmgr.dll > Enter.