Now, you might have heard about a seedbox but didn’t really understand what it is and how is it used. Well, you won’t be the first one because seedboxes are still a relatively new technology and are widely used in torrenting.
It can really make your life easier as a torrenter as you don’t have to wait for hours anymore for a file to download or upload. Interested to learn more about it?
In this comprehensive guide, we will cover everything you need to know about seedboxes and how to use them. So, by the end of this guide, you will be able to decide whether you need to get a seedbox or not and if yes, then how to get it and set it up.
What is a Seedbox?
So, you have heard of a seedbox being used with torrent mostly, but what is it exactly?
Basically, a seedbox is a dedicated online remote server that allows you to seed and leech torrent files 24*7. In simpler terms, it is basically a separate computer system that everyone uses to download and upload torrent files without using their own bandwidth so that they can perform quicker downloads/uploads and keep their IP private.
With this cloud-based server, it becomes easy for you to upload/download torrent files with a great speed as this server is located in a high-speed data center. And once you have downloaded the torrent files on your seedbox, you can save it on your local computer via HTTPS, FTPS or SFPT without your ISP knowing.
Is Seedbox Safe to Use?
One of the biggest concerns of most users is whether a seedbox is safe to use or not. Well, you don’t need to worry because using a seedbox is completely safe and one of the best things about using this service is that your torrenting activity stays safe and private.
Since you aren’t downloading the torrent files directly to your local computer, no one will be able to figure out your IP address when you are torrenting via a seedbox. And the best thing is that even your ISP won’t send you any notice regarding bandwidth use when you are torrenting on a seedbox as you won’t be using your local computer bandwidth for the downloads/uploads.
All you need to do is use the FTP protocol when you are downloading the files from your seedbox to your local computer. The FTP protocol will encrypt the data being transferred and none would be any wiser.
Do You Need a Seedbox?
Well, this is a personal decision that you will have to make but to give you clarity on what you will get with a seedbox, here are a few points to consider:
We all know that it is quite tough to build a good ratio on a private tracker and buying an upload ratio is not an option as it can be pretty expensive. So, if you regularly download content then your download speed will degrade with time as you won’t be able to upload as much as you download.
In such a situation, a seedbox can be really handy as it simultaneously uploads and downloads the torrent files to maintain a good ratio.
Safety and Privacy
Another major benefit of using a seedbox is that it allows you to safely torrent without anyone knowing about it. One of the most persistent problems with torrenting is that ISPs often flag your IP address and reduce your bandwidth or block torrent sites for you. In some worse case scenarios, you might even receive an email notice regarding the downloads.
With the help of a seedbox, you don’t have to worry anymore as your ISP won’t have information on what you are downloading and you can use FTP transfers for saving the files on your local computer without your ISP knowing it is a torrent file.
Online Media Server
Most of the seedboxes offer a huge amount of storage space and great upload/download speed, up to 1 Gbps sometimes. As a result, these seedboxes are perfect for streaming content directly on seedbox using media servers like Plex, Embry, and so on.
So, if you don’t wish to download content and take up space on your local disk, a seedbox could be effective in streaming media content.
Speed and Bandwidth
One of the best things about using a seedbox is that you don’t use your local ISP bandwidth but a remote bandwidth for leeching and seeding torrent files. The seedbox performs both the torrent uploads and downloads on its own and continuously seeds so that you can manage a good ratio.
Also, seedboxes offer speeds up to 1 Gbps that allows you to download large torrent files in just a few seconds.
Your local network bandwidth and speed only come into use when you are transferring the file from the seedbox to your desktop using an FTP connection.
Convenient to Use
Finally, a seedbox is extremely convenient to use as it can be accessed through any device. So, you can set torrent files for downloading from any web browser and let the seedbox take care of it while you away.
Once you are back home, you can simply use an FTP connection to save the files on your local computer.
Types of Seedboxes
One of the most important things to know about a seedbox is that there are different types of seedboxes available. And these seedboxes require different levels of technical expertise for you to be able to access it and manage it.
Take a look at the three main types of seedboxes that you can choose from, depending on your technical knowledge and your requirements.
One of the most convenient and affordable seedbox options for new users, a shared seedbox allows you to enjoy the seedbox features without requiring any technical knowledge. With this type of seedbox, you get an easy to use web interface along and pre-installed applications and software that makes it extremely convenient and easy to use.
In this type of seedbox, there is a physical web server on which the seedbox is hosted and multiple users have access to this server via multiple seedbox accounts. As a result, the resources of this server are shared among the users although you get a dedicated HDD for your account. So, this type of seedbox is perfect for casual users and anyone who just wants to torrent quickly.
One thing that you should check is whether your seedbox provider allots a fixed amount of resources to each user or whether they are completely shared. If there are a lot of people using the server at the same time, it can slow down the speed a little bit. Also, do check the amount of total storage space and bandwidth that you are allotted with your seedbox account for each month.
For slightly advanced users, a VPS or a Virtual Private Server seedbox is an ideal option to choose from. As the name suggests, your seedbox is hosted on a virtual private environment and you get a larger physical server for yourself. And the best part is that you don’t share this server with other users and don’t have to share the resources too.
You get root access to this virtual machine so you need to completely customize it yourself. For this, you would need knowledge of SSH which is why this seedbox server is a better choice for intermediate to advanced users. However, if you have expertise in root access and are looking for a dedicated server at the cost of a shared seedbox then a VPS seedbox is the perfect option for you.
Finally, you have the dedicated seedbox that is set up on a dedicated server that only you can use. So, you don’t have to share the resources of this server with other users, making this perfect for regular torrenters who wish to manage and configure their own seedbox according to their needs and requirements.
A dedicated seedbox is the most expensive type of seedboxes and a lot of service providers give you root access to manage the server too. As a result, you need sufficient technical knowledge to set up your seedbox and run it. So, if you are not an advanced user with sufficient knowledge, this is not the right seedbox for you.
How to Connect to your Seedbox and Transfer Files
One of the most amazing things about a seedbox is that it can be easily accessed from any device that has a web browser like safari, chrome, opera, and so on. Seedbox is a web application and all the downloads and uploads happen directly on the cloud server so, you don’t need to keep your device open to continue the download.
You can simply access your seedbox from your phone or desktop or other browser supported devices, initiate a download, and then just turn off the device.
Once your files are downloaded, you can transfer them using HTTPS, FTPS, or SFPT methods. A seedbox provider offers you access to your seedbox download folders from your web browser and then you can even use tools like IBM to speed up the process.
However, one of the most popular methods of transferring files between your seedbox and local computer is via the FTP tool. You can use FTP tools like FileZilla, CuteFTP Pro, WinSCP, etc. to transfer the data. All the seedbox providers offer secure protocols such as FTP (File Transfer Protocol), FTPS (File Transfer Protocol Secure), and SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) to securely transfer your files while encrypting your data.
How to Download your Files from your Seedbox
You can follow the below steps to download files from your shared seedbox to your local desktop:
- Buy your desired seedbox provider plan and then log in to your seedbox account via any web browser.
- Once you log in, you will find that you have access to a cloud-based torrent client, a dashboard, and a file manager to configure your account.
- Find the magnet link for the torrent file that you wish to download on your seedbox account and then paste that link in your torrent client.
- Wait for the seedbox to complete downloading the file, it will ideally take only a couple of minutes due to the high download speed.
- Once you have downloaded the file, you can save it on your local desktop. Here are a few ways to do that:
- You can use the HTTPS file download method to directly download the file from your web browser. Using a VPN during this step can add additional security and privacy layer for your file.
- You can also use encrypted FTP connection (FTPs or sFTP) to download the files on a secure network.
Should you Use a Seedbox with a VPN?
One of the most prominent questions asked by a lot of users is whether they need to use a VPN with a seedbox or not. We all know that both of these services cost money so, if you decide to get a VPN with a seedbox, it will be a costly affair.
However, you can determine whether you need both these services or not by specifying your needs.
A seedbox is effective in safe torrenting but it won’t offer you privacy or protection when you indulge in other Internet activities. So, if you wish to stay secure and anonymous all the time while using the Internet, then choose a VPN. On the other hand, if you wish to simply torrent and don’t want additional VPN security features then a seedbox would be sufficient for you.
For users who want to torrent and stay secure all the time while using the Internet, getting a seedbox and a VPN is a good solution. This will allow you to circumvent your VPN’s slow internet speed when you are torrenting and maintain your privacy online. A VPN will be particularly useful in anti-torrent countries and will even keep the information of your seedbox hidden from your ISP.
How Much Should You Pay for a Seedbox?
Now, one of the most common queries that most first-time seedbox users have is how much money should they spend on it.
Well, this figure can differ for different users as it depends on your budget and your requirements. You need to figure out how much speed and capacity you need for uploads and downloads and then select a suitable seedbox plan for it.
On average, a torrent user who just wishes to use the seedbox for downloading torrent files doesn’t need to worry about the total storage capacity. In such a case, you would be using your seedbox only as temporary storage as you would be regularly downloading your torrent files from your seedbox to your local computer. So, you would need around 50 GB to 100 GB storage maximum.
If that’s the amount of storage that you need then you can easily get shared seedboxes that cost less than 10 USD that will allow you to download all your desired torrent files. Also, if you get more storage, it won’t cost you much until you get a VPS seedbox or a dedicated seedbox server to completely manage it.
Well, now you understand what a seedbox is and how you can use it. If you are a regular torrent user then this is one service that you absolutely must have it. With a seedbox, you will enjoy amazing download/upload speed along with privacy and security when you are torrenting. Sure, it costs a few extra dollars every month, but it is extremely convenient and beneficial if you are a casual torrent user.
Don’t forget to select the right seedbox for you, depending on your technical knowledge, to make the most of it. Another thing to remember is that while you have an option to get a VPN, you don’t really need it if you are just going to be torrenting. However, if you want privacy and security for your other Internet activities too then you should consider getting a VPN for your general privacy.
Most importantly, take care of your tracker ratio as this will really speed up your torrent downloads on your seedbox. If you maintain a proper ratio, you will be able to make the most out of your seedbox account.