Podmailing is a peer-to-peer mail service that incorporates BitTorrent as the protocol for sending/receiving large files and folders. Podmailing is a simple and efficient way to send and receive large files and folders by e-mail. It even works with ultra large files of several Gigabytes (there’s no size limit). You just need to install their Podmailing software for Windows or MacOS X in order to start sending files for free. It is very simple because it works just like composing an e-mail.
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After sending a notification e-mail, Podmailing transfers the file directly from your PC to your recipients using peer-to-peer. The file is also relayed through our servers in order to assure a fast and reliable delivery. Then the file can be downloaded using their Podmailing software (recommended) or any BitTorrent client. As soon as the file has arrived on our servers, it can also be downloaded directly in a Web browser with a standard http download. So your recipients are not required to install the Podmailing software.
Our Tests - Downloading:
When a file is sent via Podmailing, the receiver gets an email notification that the file is now available for downloading. Users then have three options for downloading the file:
- — Via the Browser Window
- — Through the user’s default BitTorrent client
- — Through the Podmailing program
We first waited for the file to be completely uploaded, and used all three methods for downloading.
1. The “web browser” method produced DL speeds around 350 KB/s - very impressive:
2. Next up, we used the Podmailing application to download the same file and achieved download speeds in excess of 600 KB/s - even better!
3. Lastly, we used our trusty BitTorrent client (µTorrent) to download the completed file. Speeds were slightly higher compared to Podmailing (at around 700 KB/s):
Our Tests - Uploading:
To attempt to achieve the highest upload speeds we could muster (and thus send files as fast as possible), we shut down everything that uses any Internet bandwidth. Also, we changed the Port Number in Podmailing to a more BitTorrent/P2P friendly number (within the ‘unassigned’ port range of 49152 - 65535), with uPnP enabled (the default). Additionally, we changed the default upload rate from 100 KB/s to 125 KB/s, to represent a better reflection of our ISP’s true upload bandwidth capacity.
After making these adjustments, the upload rates didn’t seem to change substantially, and the default settings are already pretty much optimized for most high-speed Internet accounts. Having said that, we did notice a slight increase in speed (about 15-20 KBs/s higher), and we managed upload burst speeds in excess of 100 KB/s and sustainable rates easily hovering between 80-90 KB/s.
— When sending multiple files at the same time, we noticed that one will always take a back seat to the other in terms of upload speed. Add (send) the biggest file first, then add another smaller file (see the speed of the 2 sending files in the screenshot above). Not that this particularly matters, regardless: The receiver will be able to begin downloading (and receive an email notification that the file is ready to download) even when the file has not yet been completely uploaded by the sender (read more on this below).
— For the receiver of the podmail to download at maximum speeds, it would be recommended to wait until the sender has 100% completed the upload. Thus, the receiver is not limited by the uploader’s line speed when downloading, as upload speeds are almost always much slower than download.
— As previously mentioned, there are 3 methods for a receiver to download the files. Browser-based downloading produces the slowest speeds, but doesn’t require an external program. Great for No0bs, although not as efficient as a BT client for large file transfers.
Our Overall Review of Podmailing
Podmailing is a first-class service for sending large files! Top-notch in our books! Upload rates were fantastic - much faster than if you created a *.torrent file and seeded it privately to a friend through a BT client such as µTorrent. Download rates were unbelievably zippy at over 700 KB/s (out of a possible 1.1 MB/s for our connection). We have a winner!
Chris Hanlon Says:
Cool, I doubt that this is ever gonna replace those big email sites though
I get upload speeds to servers of 100KBPs, HTTP downlaods via web broswer of 1MBps. Podmail software of 1MBps and I havent bothered with torrent apps as this appears fast enough and doesnt show your ISP that your file sharing. I have uploaded 2.5 GB HD movies and sent to people and they have downlaoded them within 30mins at speeds of 1- 1.5MBps!!! Fabulous stufff, and thanks for writing about it Sharky, I wanted to see a new perspective…
Mr. X Says:
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Mr. X Says:
that’s sharky 0_o
Louis Choquel Says:
On behalf of the Podmailing team, thanks a lot for that review Sharky, especially for you thorough test drive. I’m curious as to what country the test was performed from. We try to provide great speed to everyone but your mileage can vary.
We are seeing more and more people use Podmailing to publish torrents publicly, as it’s obviously more convenient than making a torrent and seeding it yourself. So let me seize the occasion to let you know we have a new “file hosting” oriented service in the works, which goes way beyond the “email large file” feature.
The best one !!!
I use it to send large movie files that I have torrented in the UK, this is the best, I asked sharky to write about this Podmail email service, so podamail team btw….heheeheh did I not sharky? shane
Any linux or os x software coming.
This look like a real game changing app service.
Are there any competing services such as this.
nice review sharky very informative.
I went to the site an see osx
Louis Choquel Says:
Yes the MacOS X version has been there from the start !
On the Linux front we do have a working version but we keep it to ourselves until we have time to release it as open source. Admittedly we keep pushing that back because of all the features we want to add first on the service side.
I’m wondering is there any way to fetch some other, public torrent file and deliver it to my inbox?
Louis Choquel Says:
@sveseplaca, no: we don’t download other torrents, we only make torrents from files uploaded to our service.
This is a godsend. My n00b brother can’t be bothered with learning about torrenting so I sometimes have to send him content via AIM. This is a much more viable solution. Can’t wait to try this when I get home.
How long are files retained on the server?
Louis Choquel Says:
You can choose how long they are kept on server, currently up to 1 month.
That is the duration for which we take care of BitTorrent seeding and http downloading. But after that we keep tracking the torrents anyway…
Por favor, necesito ayuda. Tengo instalado el Podmailing y aunque figura como conectado, no descarga nada. Lleva así varios días. Alguien podría ayudarme para ver qué es lo que está mal.
No se si este es el sitio correcto, pero no encuentro ningún domicilio de correo de Podmailing.
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2large2email (http://www.2large2email.com/) is an alternative you can turn to. Your file, which can be up to 2 gb in size, gets uploaded to a server and an email is sent to your intended recipient to download it.
thanks for the info on the scripts.
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They don’t require a membership or sign up of any kind to use their service.
You can pick the file size you want to send (saves you loads of money).
They also let you send small files for free. Plus their services works for mobile devices!
That’s right, I use Swap it! Encrypt it! to send videos, photos and other stuff from my iPhone to my home computer or friends cell phones!
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Hell they are going commercial, charging for the service use now, and removing copyright infringement files….poooooohhhhh…
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