What is a Seedbox?
A seedbox is a dedicated, high-speed server for downloading and uploading files. Most people rent seedboxes to achieve very fast torrent or Usenet transfers. Typically, you will see speeds from 100Mbps (8MB/s) to 10Gbps (1250MB/s) on a seedbox.
A seedbox also allows you to avoid ISP throttling and bypass eavesdroppers like the RIAA or MPAA.
Not everyone needs a seedbox — many people are happy downloading directly from Usenet. However, you may want a seedbox if you share a lot of files, or want to get a good ratio on on a private BitTorrent tracker.
The Best Seedbox Providers
Today, there are many seedbox providers — most are run by individuals or tiny companies. These seedboxes have some of the best feedback from customers:
- Ultraseedbox: A Singapore-base company with servers in the Netherlands. All servers come with 10Gb/sec to 20Gb/sec network interface. Offers one-click installs of apps like Plex and SabNZBd. Plans start with 1TB per month and increase incrementally. Accepts Bitcoin and Paypal.
- SeedboxCo.Net: Based in the UK, with servers in the Netherlands. Their seedboxes easy to understand and well documented. Offers 50 and 100 Mbps ports, company says you can expect speeds of 5-10MB/s. Also offers Gigabit servers.
- Seedstorm: Based in New Zeland with servers in USA and NL All servers are on 1000Mbit connections while each seedbox is limited to 300Mbit upload and 1000Mbit download. Seedboxes all have dedicated IPs. Good customer service.
How To Use A Seedbox
Generally, seedboxes are set up so that you can install Usenet and torrent applications quite easily.
Once the files are downloaded to the seedbox, they can then be downloaded your computer via the HTTP, FTP, SFTP, or rsync protocols. You can also directly stream the media from the seedbox with an application like Plex.