The default settings for Ares Galaxy have been set by the Ares Galaxy programming team to be sufficient for the majority of people. So if your needs are similar to those of the average Ares Galaxy user, you probably won’t have to change anything at all.
However, there are quite a few different scenarios in which you’ll want to change these settings. Maybe you’re on a limited connection or on an old machine that has trouble handling multiple simultaneous connections, or maybe you’d like to contribute as much as you can to the network by uploading more.
Whatever the reasoning is behind your wanting to change the default transfer settings, you can easily do so, and you’ll find out exactly what does what below.
Finding The Transfer Settings
The settings we’ll be talking about here are in the Transfer tab in your Control Panel. To get there, simply open Ares Galaxy, click on ‘Control Panel’ and then click on ‘Transfer’. The screenshot below should make finding them pretty easy for you.
What The Settings Mean
Let’s go through the settings one by one and give some examples in which cases you’d want to change these:
- The port number is similar to a phone extension for your computer. Your machine’s position in the wider network is determined by your IP address, but all the different applications on your pc each connect with the outside world through a number of ports, of which some are fixed, but many (among which Ares) can be set to anything you want. In most cases, you won’t have to change this at all, but if it turns out you’re having connectivity problems, you may want to try putting in a different number here. Just stay away from the important ones, which you can easily find by Googling ‘TCP UDP Port Numbers’.
- Transfer percentage and Confirmation when cancelling are purely ‘cosmetic’ options that have no deeper effect on your transfers.
- The transfer settings are split into three parts. The first two determine how many separate uploads you want to allow and the second one determines your maximum amount of simultaneous downloads. When your transfers exceed these numbers, they will be put in the queue. Whether you want to tweak these settings or not will depend on your connection. A fast connection enables you to crank this up, and a slow connection will force you to tone it down.
- The bandwidth settings consist of a bandwidth limit for your upload and your download. Again, you’ll want to change these if you are on a slow connection. However, since most people are on high-speed broadband nowadays, you can most likely just leave these at 0 – which signifies that there is no limit at all.
- The download folder is where your finished downloads go after Ares Galaxy completes the transfer. This is probably the most common thing to have to change in the transfer screen, particularly if you’ve partitioned your hard drive and you have a specific folder for downloads and media files already.
Pretty easy right? Now it’s up to you! Tweak your settings and have Ares Galaxy your way!