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How to Set Up Your Own Home Seedbox (in Windows)

Got an old clunker of a computer that’s just collecting dust? Why not turn it into your own BitTorrent seedbox! In this tutorial we’ll explain how you can transform an old shitbox into a seedbox. For those of you who know nothing about Linux (*.Nix), then this is a great solution to optimize that second unused PC. You’ll require nothing more than an old computer, a router/hub (and cables), and software to connect it to your main system. After the whole thing is configured, you won’t even need a monitor/keyboard/mouse on the old system.

Getting Started / You Will Need:

• MS Windows (XP or Vista) is required on both machines.

• UltraVNC — Download UltraVNC from here.** Other install packages can be found on their uVNC homepage - scroll down to the bottom to browse the releases. UltraVNC needs to be installed on both machines.

• µTorrent — installed on the seedbox-to-be (spare computer).

Pre-Installation:

Hook up both computers via network cables to each other, through a router or hub. You’ll need a spare network card (or on-board motherboard NIC connection) for both. For this tutorial, you may be required to set up ‘Windows Networking’ to get the two computers connected to each other, although we did not require having to do this during our test run.

*** Step 1 - Seedbox Installation ***

1.1 — Install UltraVNC on your soon-to-be seedbox (the spare computer). During installation, after a few clicks, you’ll get to a screen that asks “Which components should be installed?”. You’ll want to select the “Full installation” or “Server Only”. Ensure that the “Mirror Driver” is selected, as shown below.

1.2 — On the next screen, be sure to select “Register UltraVNC Server as a system service”:

1.3 — Start the VNC service (if not already started) through the Start Button > All Programs > UltraVNC > Ultra VNC Server. You should see the program icon appear in the taskbar - double-click it to bring up the options. You’ll need to:

  • • Enter a VNC Password under “Authentication”. (this will be required for login on the main computer).
  • • Select “Query on incoming connections” to ACCEPT.
  • • Make a note of the port number (it’s 5900 by default). If you wish to change this, you can do so here.

— Don’t forget to click the “Apply” button to save your changes.

*** Step 2 - Install UltraVNC on the Main Computer ***

You’ll also need to install UltraVNC on the main computer, but this time during installation, select “Viewer Only”:

This will allow you to view and manage your seedbox; however, it will require a little more tweaking.

If you use a router you may need to give your seedbox a static IP address. If you just use a small hub for connecting the two computers, you’ll likely be able to input the IP address (as it’s found). So, on the seedbox, visit whatsmyipaddress.com and make a note of the IP address.

Now, on the main computer, run the ”UltraVNC Viewer” (from the Start Button…). Enter in the IP address of the seedbox, followed by a colon ( : ) and then the port number (i.e - 5900). Click Connect:

If this worked correctly, you’ll be presented with a VNC Authentication popup screen, where you’ll need to enter the password that you supplied in UltraVNC on the seedbox (in Step 1.3):

Once logged in, VNC should now launch and show you the exact screen that is being displayed on the seedbox. You now have total control of the seedbox through this window - this is the desktop:

**If you are experiencing “lag” time on the connection (which you probably will), you’ll need to change your screen resolution on the seedbox (which we recommend you do anyways). Do this by right-clicking on the Desktop, and select Properties. Set your monitor to the lowest resolution and colour quality as possible - do this right through the VNC window if preferred (or go over to the seedbox and do it from there).

Also note: If you have a firewall, be certain to allow port 5900.

How to Send / Receive Files

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In VNC Viewer, click on the ”File Transfer” button. From here you’ll be able to send your completed torrents from your seedbox to your main computer.

If you run into ’sharing’ problems, you may also need to share your µTorrent’s ‘Download’ folder to the network. To find this folder on the seedbox, click Start > Run… and type %AppData%\uTorrent. Now, right-click the folder, and select Properties. Click the Sharing tab, and follow the instructions. (By default, you will NOT likely have to do this if you used the same settings from the above screenshot in Step 1.3).

*** Step 3 - Configure uTorrent on the Seedbox ***

Now that you’re able to control and manage your seedbox from your main computer, the next step is to install µTorrent on the seedbox - if you intend to use private trackers, don’t use the beta version (use the current v1.7.7). Now, you have two choices here - you can simply run and control it via the VNC ‘Viewer’ window, or you can utilize µTorrent’s Web UI feature, and connect to your seedbox directly from a browser. It doesn’t matter which approach you use, however, we recommend using Web UI through a browser, as it eliminates the “lag”. Here’s a great tutorial on how to manage and run Web UI for µTorrent.

After everything is set up, feel free to remove the mouse, keyboard and monitor from the old computer - you’re left with just a box - a seedbox!

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  2. JONxBLAZE Says:

    Great tutorial…I’d have to try this. Very interesting.

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  4. MarkN Says:

    Why not use the default windows remote desktop software? Works like a charm and you don’t need to install anything.

  5. granty1 Says:

    this is very interesting as i have been thinking about getting a seedbox for a while & this looks straightforward enough. if i do this will i still have to pay server costs to host my seedbox?i dont mind paying for the service just cant seem to gather a lot of information on the subject

  6. watcher Says:

    Surely the point of a seedbox is……
    it has a faster connection to the net than a home connection.
    it is alway on.
    free’s up home connection from the bandwidth burden of uploading.

    There really is no point setting up your own seedbox at home…
    If you really want to use an old pc for torrenting just connect the old and new pc via lan and controll the old pc from your new one..

    Or if you want to access your oid pc from any pc on the net just use windows remote access.

  7. mocky Says:

    well i live in india my speed is 256kbps only,by setting it up seedbox at my home will the upload speed really increases…….i really want to know

  8. kamran Says:

    do i need a extra spare network adapter installed in both pcs

  9. cezen Says:

    ok, but what is theh point of having a seedbox if you have a crappy dsl 3 Mbps connection like me? This box will do NOTHING to speed up my UL’s or DL’s….

    SO with out the AWESOME connection a seedbox is MOOT for most torrent users … UGH

    I hate to say that cause I fall into that category

    cezen

  10. utorrent user Says:

    i tried to do this guide on my pc but speeds very crapy, then i tried to buy seedbox from http://www.seedhost.net , now getting 12mb/s up and down , without any headaches , great service , great support , very recommended for guys like me with small connections at home , allso they setup the whole utorrent thing for you in like 2 hours after payment.

  11. Zemon Says:

    I can recommend these http://dediseedbox.com

    Fast speeds
    Great Support

  12. ZheX Says:

    omfg… it is working !!!!

    and maby http://www.watismyipaddress.com not work !!
    then hold cursor over the UltraVNC icon in the seedbox
    try this tut it works very well !!

  13. QuickSeek Says:

    This is pointless and I’ll explain. Let’s say you have two cars. One is a Pinto and the other is a Maserati. Having the Maserati doesn’t make your Pinto any faster. So how would having two pc’s on the same local area network coming from the same internet service provider benefit anyone in any way apart from just system resources on the one machine. Yes, your taking the load off your primary pc but your tubes are still running the same Internet at the same speed as it was before you went through all this. Seedbox’s give people breakneck speeds (for a $fee) because they are remote servers. Those remote servers are on much faster (most likely fiber-optic) connections. Comparing a Seedbox’s ISP to your own ISP is like my comparison of the cars. The Seedbox charges you a premium fee because they are driving the Maserati at or around 100 megabits a second (About 1gig per second download speeds) Your crappy Internet service provider is driving the Pinto (at 10 megabits a sec. if your lucky) Making your home ISP ten times slower than the Seedbox on the premium connection, It has nothing to do with payload of one machine, and everything to do with connection speed of your ISP.

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    guys..i cant see the images which were placed there…kindly undo the images…..plzzz iam very much in need of this guide……

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  17. Invader9880 Says:

    The point is not to have super speed download that u get with a seedbox OBVIOUSLY , which wouldn’t matter anyway …

    if a torrent is seeded long enough it will make back wat u downloaded in gb’s regardless of speed ….

    THE POINT IS NOT TO UPLOAD WHAT U DOWNLOADED 12 TIMES FASTER…..

    THE POINT WAT TO CONSTANTLY UPLOAD … PERIOD…. BECAUSE EVEN IF U UPLAOD 12kb/s IF U DO IT FOR 4 MONTHS U HAVE SEEDED A FAIR AMOUNT OF DATA…. BRINGING UR RATIO BACK UP ….

    doing nothing ….. sharing / helping the torrent community .. FOR FREE

    vs the obvious pay some preset price to have this ability 12 times faster ….

    its like having a Maserati & a Pinto (as one user mentioned ) IF THE POINT IS TO GET THERE …. rather u got there n 10 minutes going 200mph in ur Maserati , or n 2 hours in ur pinto ….. YOU GOT THERE … and u dont have to pay the $300 dollar ticket u would have accumulated in ur Maserati ;)

  18. Invader9880 Says:

    by the way great tut .. i forgot to mention … i created my own some time ago and found this tut surfin the web …. great starter tut

    one thing i would add = block list manager or adding thoes ip filters to ur host file ….. ( protecting ur self from anti priacy companies sniffing ur traffic )

    i like to addum to my host file to break any type of communications WAT SO EVER …

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