What is a Seedbox?
A seedbox is a dedicated, high-speed server. Most people rent seedboxes to achieve very fast torrent transfers. Not everyone needs a seedbox — if you share a lot of files, and want to get a good ratio on on a private BitTorrent tracker, consider getting one. Seedboxes also avoid ISP throttling and bypass eavesdroppers like the RIAA or MPAA.
Personally, I find it easier to download directly from the Usenet.
Recommended 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:
- WhatBox: 1TB space, 10 Gbit/s network, 10 British Pounds per month
- Feral Hosting: 60 GB space, 150 Mbps connection, $10 US per month
WhatBox tends to get much faster download speeds than Feral Hosting.
Someone did a comprehensive speed comparison test of various seedboxes here.
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.