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 a private BitTorrent tracker.
The Best Seedbox Providers
These are my recommended seedbox providers:
- RapidSeedbox offers root access and many apps as “one-click installs,” including Plex and OpenVPN. Accepts bitcoin, 14-day refund policy. €15 euro ($15 USD) month-to-month. See their Torrenting instructions here. Full review.
- Gigarapid — all accounts are installed with dedicated servers and a free VPN is included. There are 90 apps available for one-click installation. Regular accounts cost €6.45 per month, and include 700GB of storage, and 5TB of outgoing bandwidth.
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 (8 MB/s) to 10Gbps (1250 MB/s) on a seedbox. However, if you are in North America using a Seedbox in Europe, you can expect to get a maximum of 24 MB/s on a single connection. Opening multiple connections can help.
A seedbox also allows you to avoid ISP throttling and bypass eavesdroppers like the RIAA or MPAA.
Today, many seedbox providers exist — individuals or small companies run most.
How To Use A Seedbox
Generally, seedboxes are set up so you can install Usenet and torrent applications quite easily.
Once the files are downloaded to the seedbox, they can be downloaded to your computer via HTTP, FTP, SFTP, or rsync protocols. You can also directly stream the media from the seedbox with an application like Plex.
A Full List Of Seedbox Providers
Here is a list of all the seedbox providers that have been in business for more than a year: