Should you get a seedbox for your bittorrent needs?


Torrentfreak offers up a few reasons why you should get a seedbox if you’re a bittorrent user who likes to share a lot of files. A seedbox is a dedicated private server used exclusively for torrent transfers. [sharky] discusses a few pros and makes a few claims that we think might be a little overblown. Although the seedbox will speed up your downloads and allow you to bypass ISP limits on your bandwith, we’re a little leery of the claims that the seedbox is completely safe and secure, or that it’ll protect you from getting sued by the RIAA or MPAA. As pointed out in the comments, paying for a dedicated hosting service and paying for cable is no different. Of course, the seedbox also costs money, so you’ll have to weigh whether you’d rather have speed or risk getting throttled by your ISP. Torrentfreak does list a few hosting solutions that may be reasonably priced.

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Comments

  1. I’d love a seedbox just for the central management and reporting features and the ability to queue up downloads and be able to power off workstations.

    Unfortunately TorrentFlux (at least the WAMP release) is really buggy and doesn’t work with a lot of torrents I tried on it and it lacks a lot a great features like the ability to select individual items to download in the torrent file.

  2. George says:

    They didn’t mention the savings on power!

    A 24/7 server consuming 100W running in your house at 10p per unit (yup in the UK) for electricity, will cost about £7.50 a month. A seed box for $20USD a month is not costing you much more.

    Plus you could probably save from the reduced requirements of your internet connection.

  3. poweruser says:

    @thunderstruck: Try TorrentFlux-b4rt. It has the ability to use several different torrent backends (I use Azureus on mine). I haven’t noticed many bugs and the ones I have noticed I was able to fix with the maintenance pane. It works great but does have a few shortcomings such as scheduling.

  4. Spoofy says:

    I was talking about this in college back in 2003/2004. Its a nice idea, but not so easy to implement.

    plus, you’d have to be doing some serious downloading to make it any way worthwhile.

  5. Devistator says:

    its a great idea, i have had torrentflux on my nix machine working quite well actualy,till i stoped torrenting but the real problem becomes….”security”, either way, whether its at home or a paid host, you still leave trails for the mpaa and riaa or any other organization that might take an interest in what your doing, both electronic and papper. you just have to determine what your level of comfort is in this.

    unfortunantly, regardless of where you are unless your host or your paid box is out of juristictional reach, your probability of being caught doubles if not tripples when you seed.

  6. Steve says:

    Sniff… sniff… smells like spam.

    I run a couple of servers on a 40mbit unfiltered, well-peered connection, each of which I cap at 10 megabits. Guess what: I virtually NEVER even reach 10 megabits. There just aren’t often enough seeders to dish out that much to one person.

    And it doesn’t do you much good when your seeding ratio is above 1.0 right from the start… when it still takes you two days to download something.

  7. George says:

    I got a seedbox from http://torrentswift.com purely to free up my internet connection. No need for seeding / just download the files as I need them, great speeds aswell!

  8. divvi says:

    I also went with a small box from torrentswift, so far so good. Would like to find out more about security though, risks and so forth.

  9. dima1236 says:

    i went with http://seedhost.net with their shared seedbox plans , and it is great !!! , 100mbps speeds getting 12mb/s without any problem!!! , allso they do 24/7 support , they setup my box 2 hours after payment!!! , you must check them

  10. seedboxslave says:

    yep i have a seedbox from seedhost.net 150gb pack its very sweeeeeet speed gbit shared i get like 15-25mb upload speed!!!

    ps if you have any
    Questions sent me email ))

  11. user21 says:

    I got a seedbox from http://www.seedcafe.info very fast speeds and great customer care support they setup my box within 2 hours after payment.

  12. unknown says:

    hi guys, thanks to this site i went with seedhost.net , i got my box 4 hours after payment , speeds are nice( ~10-15mb/s down , 10mb/s upload) , very good deal for the price, very recommended.

  13. Junior Jack says:

    Ive been using one from http://www.uktorrentbox.net for about 4 months now.

    Went with them as they do a week by week plan unmetered, but stuck with them in the end.

    Had no experience with the other sugesstions but am working along the lines of if it aint broke dont fix it lol

    Happy seedbox hunting.

  14. bruptcom says:

    I have a free account in http://www.vipeers.com and you can upload 5GB per files and keep it in there for 3 months and you will have 3 diferents ways to share it: by torrent,direct link and podmailing . Go and see for your self. I am from Brazil and made my sighn up and I want to give a code to all of you —–>BROCODE002

  15. seedbox.cons says:

    hi folks i tried seedhost.net and still got nothing 1 week later and no reply to questions. Just seems that most seed boxes are scams friend tried torrentswift and same thing month later no seedbox. So not convinced with statments above.

    seems like one big scam with most of them

  16. Great work! I also have my own blog I just find it hard to write quality content like this.
    I guess I really don’t have the time.

  17. Seedbox says:

    Its better not to have your computer switched on 24 – 7 and the money you save on electric you can spend on a seedbox.

  18. Pete says:

    I use http://www.seednet.eu for my seedbox they’re cheap and the support is great, just thought i’d share the knowledge.

  19. Dentoo says:

    If you are looking for a seedbox company that gives profesional support and always answers quickly, with awesome speeds and powerful servers but still to a really good price i would recommend http://dentoo.info

    I have used them for 8 months and I couldnt be happier!

  20. Mike says:

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