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What are seedboxes - what are they actually for?
The impression I get about seedboxes is they are essentially your own bittorrent computer that you host on a provider where you can share and directly download the files you want when you they are ready.
The advantage being that because it is not your home computer your ISP cannot be approached by copyright holders to hand over the details of the infringer if relevant, and your home account will not be doing the high amount of downloads which damage the ISPs profit margins inspite of their claims of allowing unlimited uploads.
Is that basically it?
They are for seeding linux iso's
That is such a great public service, but what is in it for the seedbox owners, what do they get in return? Just the warm feeling in the heart of having performed such a nice public service?
Are the box owners simply willing to give up all that bandwidth for free or does the value of the stuff they are able to download in return outweigh the costs for them?
from page above here is the important part "seedboxes tend to be popular when using private torrent trackers, where maintaining an share ratio above 1 can be very important"
Some also function as a Plex/Emby/Jellyfin server. So you can host your legally obtained content.
They are getting this thing called money in return for providing their services. Anything can become a seedbox, like in my case a docker container running on netcup root server or it can be a dedicated service that is manage by company. In booth cases company is providing You with resources that You are paying for and its up to You how You gonna use them. You can use them for good (like seeding opensource projects) or for evil (seeding copyright materials on private torrent trackers).
All this is true. Some other reasons to be added:
What assumptions are behind your "avoiding the law" statement?
(Are you assuming that the seedbox is in a different country, outside the jurisdiction of local law enforcement, for example?)
You got it. You know there are providers who don't quite care about many copyright complaints.
This one, right? Not really sure.
No, like this:
Seedbox is when you seed your money and hoster leech it. Just buy damn home server.
I'd say just rent a KS1. Not everyone has fast Internet at home, or wants to have the upload saturated 24/7. Not to mention it seems more dangerous to do copyright infringement from the home connection, than from a DC server, even if it's rented in your name.
True. Do not transform your house into a garden. One never knows what "bugs" and "bacteria" might come to get you. One should use a datacenter for this, because it is much safer for oneself and for family.
Now even energy companies monitor the usage of electricity. So if a customer goes "green", they will also know.
Nah. Get terrahost BF deal, setup wireguard, pump traffic via VPN and you are good. Of course everything depends on country. But either way, seedboxes are luxurious items as even private trackers laxed their strict ratio rules.
I’ve been using seedboxes for a few years now;
If you go with Ultra.cc or Feral there are tons of apps, proxy and more fun stuff.
Which BF deal do you mean? I see they only have a dedi thread active right now.
And yes that's certainly an option. But still, carefully consider the financials:
A: KS1 = 5.6 EUR/month, problem solved
B: Possibly upgrading your home Internet so that it has a headroom of 100 Mbit UL/DL over your other usage to not interfere with it, plus the cost of the jump box VPS = that's how much? 5.6 EUR? or could be much more?
My deal is almost 2 years old. It is lil, golden box for 9.99/year. 600+ days uptime. Solid. Pumping deluge traffic like a boss via that box.