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 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, and 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:
- Pulsed Media: This provider is a reliable, fast seedbox host. Very competitive pricing. Based in Finland. Accepts Bitcoin, Paypal and SEPA wiretransfers.
- Rapidseedbox: This provider allows unlimited traffic and offers a good range of features. A bit pricey. Dedicated servers in France or the Netherlands.
Someone did a comprehensive speed comparison test of various seedboxes here.
How To Use A Seedbox
In general, Seedboxes make use of the BitTorrent protocol for uploading and downloading torrent files. They are connected to high speed networks — you can expect a throughput of 100 Mbit/s up to 10 Gbit/s.
Once the files are downloaded to the seedbox, they can be downloaded to a a personal computer via the HTTP, FTP, SFTP, or rsync protocols.
Expensive seedboxes may provide VNC connection, or remote desktop protocol on some Windows-based seedboxes. This allows many popular clients to be run remotely. Other seedboxes run torrent-specific software including web interfaces of popular clients like Transmission, rTorrent, Deluge, and μTorrent, as well as the TorrentFlux web interface clients.