Part 1. What is a Seedbox?
When I started off 10 years back I was really confused about what a Seedbox was, but my ratio on one of the private trackers was so low that I ended up getting a Seedbox and, oh boy, it opened up a new world for me in terms of seeding.
If you are like me and this is your first time, here is a clear explanation for it.
You can think of a Seedbox as a remote computer like your computer with only a torrent application installed on it, which you access via your browser (kind of like Dropbox), the remote computer (also called server) has its own power supply runs 24 x 7 and its own ISP connection and speeds.
Just like you add files on a web application like Dropbox, you can add tracker files in the torrent application in this remote PC (like you do on your local PC) and the torrent would get downloaded and start seeding on the server.
Well, you must be thinking why cannot I use the remote computer like my regular computer?
It is definitely possible to do that, but to keep the costs down and use resource optimally it is best practice to use server editions of Linux distros to run the remote computer and optimise it to run only the torrent client which you can access via web browser.
If you are wondering what a seedbox looks like in a web browser, here is an image below:
As you can see it pretty much looks like most of the torrent client in your PC, but it runs as a web application.
if you want to learn more about how to use the ruTorrent web application you can find the ruTorrent guide here: Rutorrent seedbox guide.
If you want to learn more about how to add torrents in the seed box you can find the Add torrents to seedbox guide here
Once you add a torrent on Seedbox the torrent downloads on the server and automatically starts seeding.
Part 2. How to transfer files from seedbox to your computer:
If you have read the above part, you understand that Seedbox is just a remote computer for torrenting. Now the question comes, how do you transfer the files. Well, its very similar to how you transfer your files to your external HDD or vice versa, but in this case the connection is not with a USB cable but your internet connection and the protocol (or the method) you need to use is called FTP (file transfer protocol) or sFTP (secure file transfer protocol). As complex as it may sound it is basically nothing but methods of transferring your files from the seedbox PC to your PC, you would need a software like Filezilla.
You can read more about connecting to your seedbox with ftp here.
It’s as simple as dragging and droping files/folder from seedbox to your PC.
Well, that’s pretty much it, I didn’t want to drag it too long. Let me know, what aspect you don’t understand and I will add it here.