What else is a seedbox good for besides seeding your torrents to build obnoxiously high sharing ratios? Well, for starters, you can also download the finished files to your PC. The bandwidth you consume during this transfer will not be counted against your account, so feel free to actually use what you’ve been happily seeding.
Downloading Your Finished Files
In this tutorial we explore two ways to get those finished torrents to your PC - via HTTP & FTP. A great thing about a seedbox is that when files are downloaded to your computer, the traffic is not classified as “P2P Traffic” by your evil traffic-shaping ISP. Download rates are hampered only by your (maxxed out) Internet connection and by the seedbox provider’s throughput itself.
Most (but not all) seedbox suppliers offer the HTTP method for downloading the files back to your PC. This is the easiest method - albeit not necessarily the fastest. Throughout all of our testing of the many seedbox hosts, we found the download speed to be anywhere between 300 - 700 KB/s (but mostly the former). Follow these steps to download via HTTP:
1. In the main TorrentFlux window, click on the “Directory” link at the top right:
2. You’ll now be inside your directory on the server. Click the folder title (your username) to enter.
3. You’ll be presented with a list of folders that contain the files from the finished torrents. To download the entire folder with all of the contained files, click on the “download” icon next to the desired folder. If you prefer, you can enter the folder and select only certain files to download from the completed torrent’s directory.
The transfer will now begin. In all likelihood the transfer to your computer will be much slower than the original downloading speed of the torrent. This is to be expected.
By default, the file (folder) is saved as a *.tar file (which is similar to a *.zip or *.rar file). Use WinRAR or the freeware 7-Zip to extract the files once downloaded.
For those of you who are familiar with FTP will probably find this method superior to HTTP downloading. Simply connect to your account (using your username & password) through an FTP program and download files from there. Your seedbox host will likely provide you with the necessary FTP address in the ‘welcome to’ confirmation email message.
Information on connecting with FileZilla is here: http://wiki.filezilla-project.org/Using
Information on connecting with WinSCP is here: http://winscp.net/eng/docs/faq
Some seedbox services provide SFTP (or secure FTP) which involves SSH and provides secure authentication & added security, as is the case with seedboxhosting. RSYNC is a Unix/Linux (*nix) alternative to FTP and may also be supported by your seedbox host.