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:
- 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.
- SeedboxCo.Net: Based in the UK, with servers in the Netherlands. Their seedboxes easy to understand and well documented. Good speeds — offers 50 and 100 Mbps ports, company says you can expect speeds of 5-10MB/s. Also offers Gigabit servers.
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.