Why You Need a Seedbox
The main reason that I started researching seedboxes was that I didn’t want to torrent from my home IP address anymore. I had received a few letters in the past and didn’t want any legal problems or service interruptions. I started learning how seedboxes work, what the benefits were. I went back and forth trying to decide if I really needed a seedbox and if it was worth the money to sign up with one.
As I dug deeper I finally decided it was worth a shot and signed up with the cheapest one I found (I don’t even remember the name anymore). It took them about a day to set up and they emailed me my login info. I remember being really excited typing in my password and hitting the enter button.
That’s is the day everything changed! 🙂
I won’t even try to claim that I am anything other than a hobby user. I am not an expert by any means. But as I started to use my seedbox and find out all of the really cool shit it can do, I was hooked! Here are a few reasons why I love my seedbox and why I think you need a seedbox too.
Traditionally when you download a torrent you download it from the tracker directly to your computer. If you’re not using a VPN then anyone who knows how (Including your ISP) can see exactly what you are downloading and where you’re downloading it to.
When you use a seedbox you are taking your home IP out of the equation and downloading your torrent from the tracker directly to the seedbox. You can then connect via FTP and safely transfer the file to your computer for use. I still like to use a VPN when connecting to my seedbox from home, just to add an extra layer of privacy.
You don’t even run the torrent client (like Utorrent, or Vuze) on your home computer. Everything lives on the seedbox.
So picture this…
You sign up for your seedbox by paying in Bitcoin or another anonymous payment method. When you connect to your seedbox you use a VPN to set up downloads or transfer files to your home computer. There is no connection at all to your home IP. You get massive amounts of cloud storage that you can manage from anywhere in the world, ANONYMOUSLY!
Streaming With a Seedbox
Most seedbox providers will at least offer the Plex Media Server good ones will include in for free. When you install and configure this application you don’t even need to download your movies and shows from the seedbox to your home computer.
All you do is place the files in their appropriate folder on the seedbox (Movies, Music, TV, etc.) and you can watch them anywhere you have a connection. At the airport on your phone, at a buddies house on their smart TV, on your PC or game console, literally anywhere.
And Plex has a very familiar Netflix type layout. The software will even go out and get the appropriate artwork, descriptions, fan ratings, and trailers for your media.
There are even programs like Couch Potato and Sonarr that you can tell what shows or movies that you like and when a new episode is released it will find the torrent, download the torrent to the seedbox, and place it in the appropriate folder. The next time you log into Plex it lets you know that there is a new release and within a couple clicks of your remote, the latest episode of your favorite show is streaming on your TV or phone in 1080p.
Using a Seedbox to Improve Upload Ratios
With a seedbox even if you choose to download your file to your home PC the torrent stays alive and continues to seed 24/7. Why is this important? Because most private trackers employ strict ratio requirements to remain a member. A seedbox uploads and downloads at incredible speeds. So naturally, it gets preferential treatment when the tracker is deciding which source to pull information from. When you upload a torrent that people are really interested in, it is not unheard of to quickly get a 10:1 ratio.
Downloading From File Hosting Sites
Don’t think that seedboxes are just for torrents. Using an application hosted on your seedbox called JDownloader you can quickly, and anonymously download from file host sites like Rapidgator, Zippyshare, Prefiles and more.
All you do is right click to copy the download link. Paste it into JDownloader, hit start, and within seconds your file is waiting for you, ready to use right there on your seedbox.
Transferring Files to Other Cloud Based Services
Imagine that you downloaded a great course on affiliate marketing from one of the private trackers that you are a member of. You want to share this course with all of your friends in a different forum that you belong to.
Lets say that the forum shares it’s files through Mega.
In order for them to get the course, you would need to download the file from the seedbox to your computer, and then re-upload it to Mega. This can be a time-consuming process and a potential hole in security.
To solve this issue, you can configure your seedbox to directly share to sites like Mega, Dropbox, Google Drive, or a multitude of other cloud-based hosting providers. The data never touches your home internet connection and your home computer isn’t bogged down by a massive file transfer.
These are just a few of the many reasons I love using a seedbox. I keep learning new tricks and really effective ways to use it every day.
Are you convinced you need a seedbox yet?!?!
If you’re not convinced that you want to pay for a seed box. Check out my post on a few free seedbox options. These are nothing like having your own but you can get an idea of how ease they are to use and how fast they can be.