The purposefulness of blocking or banning seedbox IP ranges when torrenting through a home PC is to be able to increase your upload rates to non-seedbox peers. By limiting your BitTorrent traffic to mostly other home users only, such as yourself, this will effectively cut out seedbox traffic - simply put; it means you won’t be uploading to seedbox peers in the torrents, in turn giving you an advantage to seed to lower-speed home torrenters. For some trackers that are difficult to seed on, in our tests we’ve found this solution to be somewhat effective in increasing upload data and sharing ratios.
** The subject on the appropriateness of banning or blocking seedbox IP ranges is continually up for debate. While this tip can certainly assist home torrenters in uploading to other home PC users (by limiting your connections to mostly PC-to-PC only) - it will also hamper download speeds considerably
. Additionally, if certain torrents you intend on downloading only have one seed and it happens to be hosted on a seedbox, you won’t be able to connect to it. Inversely, if you are the only seeder on a torrent and a user tries to download your torrent to their seedbox, they won’t be able to connect; thus you’ll get no upload on it. Be aware that the use of this IPFilter will block traffic from these IP ranges on all torrent sites you download from or upload to. Use at your own discretion, and definitely do not do this if you’re using public trackers only (although it shouldn’t really make all that much of a difference).
If you want to experiment with it, it’s possible to create a second instance of uTorrent so as not to affect your current seeding and/or downloading torrents.
Using ipfilter.dat to Block Seedbox Traffic
Essentially, we’ll be creating an ipfilter.dat file to incorporate into uTorrent or Vuze. Copy the code from below, create a new text file and paste the data into it. Then, save it as ipfilter.dat. Or, simply download our own ipfilter.dat file.
22.214.171.124 - 126.96.36.199 - NL-LEASEWEB
188.8.131.52 - 184.108.40.206 - NL-LEASEWEB
220.127.116.11 - 18.104.22.168 - NL-LEASEWEB
22.214.171.124 - 126.96.36.199 - NL-LEASEWEB
188.8.131.52 - 184.108.40.206 - NL-LEASEWEB
220.127.116.11 - 18.104.22.168 - NL-LEASEWEB
22.214.171.124 - 126.96.36.199 - DE-KEYWEB-SAXTEC
188.8.131.52 - 184.108.40.206 - FR-DEDIBOX
220.127.116.11 - 18.104.22.168 - NL-XENTECH
22.214.171.124 - 126.96.36.199 - OVH
188.8.131.52 - 184.108.40.206 - OVH
220.127.116.11 - 18.104.22.168 - OVH
22.214.171.124 - 126.96.36.199 - OVH
188.8.131.52 - 184.108.40.206 - OVH
220.127.116.11 - 18.104.22.168 - OVH
22.214.171.124 - 126.96.36.199 - Server-lu
This approach can also be done using external apps such as PeerGuardian or PeerBlock, although it may not be ideal. Using the IPFilter.dat file through a BT client will localize the blocking to only the client, and therefore will not affect other Internet services.
Using ipfilter.dat in uTorrent
First, make sure that ipfilter is enabled in uTorrent. Go to Options > Preferences, and click on the Advanced tab. Scroll down to where it says “ipfilter.enable” and change this to True. Click Apply and OK to finish.
Next, you’ll need to copy (move) the ipfilter.dat file into your uTorrent “appdata” directory. Depending on your Win OS, this will vary slightly.
:** To find your appdata directory, click Start > Run… and enter %appdata%\uTorrent
:** The working uTorrent appdata path can be found as shown in the example below:
Lastly, exit and restart uTorrent.exe to load the filter. To confirm that ipfilter.dat is properly loaded, click on the Logger tab:
To test that it’s working correctly, click on a torrent that has a lot of peers (i.e. a new downloading torrent). Now click the Peers tab - you should notice that there won’t be any (or many) OVH, Kimsufi or Leaseweb peers.
Using ipfilter.dat in Vuze
In Vuze, first be sure to change the Mode setting to Advanced, in Tools > Options… Next, click on the tab IP Filters and turn on (Enable) the filter. Browse to your ipfilter.dat file, and click Load Now - you should now notice a list of currently blocked ranges. Finalize the procedure by clicking Apply at the bottom.
You can now view what has been blocked by selecting IP Filters from the Tools menu in Vuze.
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oh wow, never thought of this as a way to level the playing field. great initiative sharky, wish i thought of it myself. though like you said it’ll block initial seeds, unfortunate. maybe someone could write a plugin for deluge to bypass the whole not being able to download from the initial seeder thing. maybe add a priority thing?
again, great article sharky.
Dont do this, you will lower your download speeds dramatically. Plus seeding to seedboxes helps you get to 1:1.
Yeah not a particularly good idea seeing as most uploaders of the initial torrent are using seedbox and the first group of peers to finish will be those with downloaders setup which will also be boxes. For those needing to build ratio you want to be on a torrent quickly rather then be sidelined from the swarm until the first normal users completes the torrent. Faster you are into the swarm the better you make out in respect to ratio. A better approach is to setup your client correctly. Private sites don’t allow DHT or Peer Exchange so be sure they are turned off. http://www.portforward.com and set your router up right to accept connections, same goes for firewall software and internet security settings you might have. Most sites will actually tell you if your connectable or not if it says no you should look into why it is only rare instances where it will not be an issue. If your client allows it alter the number of 1/2 open and idle connections, no sense bogging your PC down with clients attached that aren’t sharing. Best ratio advice is use common sense and work within the limitations of your connection speed. Unfortunately we all can’t be on 100mbit Swedish ISPs so when you get on a torrent early that is seeding well let it go. Build a bit of a buffer if the site allows it that way when you want an older torrent you don’t need to panic about it’s impact on your ratio when you can’t get it back to 1:1 . A little planning goes a long way when torrenting.
Seedboxes help to spread the torrent quickly stupid….!
The best part about private trackers is the insane downloadspeed due to the seedboxes, and now you’re going to block that?
You might as well stick to pubs then….
The author is clueless
Those who use seedboxes are gay. They make it impossible for good guys to keep a good ratio at private trackers.
Death to all those who use seedboxes. I hate those guys.
Of course on scene trackers there must be seedboxes
@ qwerty, If u had your way u would be blocking most of the top sites from distrubuting data so fast, also nowadays 50% have owned or used a seedbox…
Also its not a bad article i agree with the points but its also not a good article for those using seedboxes, im sure this will ignite the debate once again…
is this not cheating???.
i dont see why people should try this. i wont even think of it. i dont have people with uploading speed. currently using superseeder box
sounds like qwerty needs to get a job, earn a few bucks in the world and then maybe he can afford a seedbox. I guess he has a dial up modem.
If you cant keep a decent ratio at a private tracker on a home connection, thats your fault. You dont even have to get all e-geek like these people whith systems, you can d.l as much or as little as you want by spreading your efforts to multiple trackers, most private sites are easy to fnd invites to or are open anyway.
Plenty of sites offer opportunity to keep ratio with seed times and rewarding you with credits for such things among freeleech days, individual torrents, and especially large packs.
Most of scc is ovh boxes, even on a home connection if you cant d.l what you want and grab a brand new pack now and then to gain nothing BUT upload….your fault.
Ban seedbox IPs that bring you the content. fucking idiot. Well done for a site whos majority of articles are about selling seedboxes. thumbs up
If you have really slow connection and use hard-to-seed site like What.CD this article is just great. Otherwise, this won’t help much, maybe you’ll get few additional MB of upload, but it’s really not worth trying if your speed satisfies you.
@10 qwerty u hate me jus cuz i haz a server? =< y ? that r just mean!
meanie pants…anyway guess ill go back to this 100gb pack im getting 12.5 mb both ways on
hdstar HD section is GONE!
You’re gay! Just because you don’t want to spend money on a seedbox doesn’t mean that you have to hate on us. Private trackers are all about competition, you silly bastard.
what a clown…
ih and you don’t have to restart utorrent..
CTRL + P to reload the config files + ipfilter
long-standing secret tracker UK-T is shutdown.
Great articles, thanks
omg are you dumb?
very bad article
uploading to seedbox give you the best upload speed possible, and the fastest a seedbox is leeching, the fastest it will seed at very high speed to everyone !
qwerty maybe we should all go back to 56k dial-up?
when you have a ratio problem it is because your upload is too slow or you don’t seed long enough or because you are leeching too much
I don’t know for you guys but my upload speed is always to its maximum the problem is just my connection is slow (adsl)
banning seedbox won’t fix the problem…
You advertise seedboxes and dedicated servers on your site, yet you tell people to block seedboxes.
I’m sure they’re going to like that.
If you don’t have and can’t afford a seedbox and you’re on a difficult tracker to seed on like bitmetv, this is for you! if you already have a seedbox, why would you care or bother to comment, check out some of the other articles… there’s always easier methods of blocking ranges at select times, too (rather than doing a special client config) like PG lite and Sygate. Then you can disable the rules at a click if you want to again interact with seedboxes, then re-enable them if you so choose. Its only fair that a person can choose what he/she wants to connect to whilst paying for what miniscule speeds that most greedy ISPs allow knowing that they can allow much more than what they presently do, which is why the seedbox trend exists to begin with. I just wish my seedbox would let me seed on public trackers, LOL I’m more interested in sharing material with as many people as I can rather than a way to out-ratio people on home connections..
Please expand on that.
Bram Cohen Says:
This article was written by someone who clearly does not understand how the bittorent protocol works.
Seedbox Owner Says:
Are we heading to exclusive seedbox required trackers?
Is there a way to block all other traffic other than the seedboxes.
there must be one that says only allow these IP ranges(seedboxes) and block all else.
For all you novices thinking of trying this don’t.. This is not what you want to do .. You need your seedbox connections.. However.. What we don’t need is stupid anti p2p companies hampering at your doorstep logging and doing whatever else the industry has in mind for them today.. The same methods apply to stopping their connections..
I recommend googling for Ipfilter auto updater on google.. You will find either the sourceforge version or a version by whitehat2k9…Either will work… And you will see the ipfilter.dat (enabled by default - utorrent) is loaded in with ##### entries etc..
I also recommend checking out the new fork of PG2.. http://www.peerblock.com .. PeerBlock is HIGHLY recommended!!..
I have a D-Link router which firewall settings I can’t change or disable so it will also block peers \ while inspecting packets etc..
As for people calling the author dumb.. He is not dumb.. Just offering all the methods of blocking peers etc.. Author should get all the seedboxes ip ranges in future etc and continue to provide the ipfilter.dat… Perhaps a custom anti-p2p list awell..
dont smash author.he is rit.people without seedboxes know how badly seedboxes affect their download speed…..nice article
Those who use seedboxes are dumb. Not the author
Have fun downloading without seedboxes doing the heavy work.
Some people obvoisly don’t want to get the files.
Seedbox Owner Says:
I use a seedbox, im ok with people blocking my ip … Don’t forget that seedboxes normally take the initial wave when getting a file and allow the awesome speeds you get on most private trackers…
I really don’t understand the “seedbox users are g*y” claims… if you don’t have enough speed to use a private tracker…why don’t you use a public one? With your 56k download /upload speed you won’t notice any difference.
its great article…thanks buddy
@qwerty: rofl ur a noob even with 1mbit upload and the use of RSS in utorrent my ratio was good. Learn about bittorrent before bitching on something.
This is very useful for those torrenters who want to upload to people leeching torrents from their home connection.
There will be a war between all the black midgets and all the Asian midgets.
Who do you fight for?
I don’t use a seedbox but come ont just to get you sometime 0.1 better for your ratio, you’re gonna ban the guys you’re so happy to connect with when you can? (dl at 1.2mo/s contrary to your normal 100ko/s )…
stupid reviews,going downhill this site is
human meat Says:
I remember when writing Omega Man, John Carrifinie came up to me and said, “Paul, this is the worst script I’ve ever read. I don’t know who’s a bigger idiot, you or the studio for giving you the resources to make it happen.”
I love using my seedbox. Its great to not have to leave my computer on 24/7 and I can download the finished file as fast as my home connection will allow. Its probably the best $20/mo that I spend for my entertainment.
You might get a bit more upload like this for some releases, but remember that this is bittorrent. You’re not a single server feeding everyone. Instead, as soon as you’ve fed one other home user - that home user will then simply feed the seedbox users again. Multiply this with the number of home users connecting to you, and in turn feeding the seedbox users. All you’re doing is adding a tiny corner for the data to pass around, before it gets to the box users.
The gain is really miniscule, imo.
Actually, Qwerty is right in a way. Although he could have made his point a little nicer.
What I think he was trying to say was:
I can see the actual uploaders of sites using a box to initially help get the files out quickly to the rest of the site. But for regular members to actually spend money(or in most cases…their parents money) on these servers solely for them to get TB’s of buffer that they’ll probably never use up…is just stupid. Why not just subscribe to Usenet? It would be much cheaper every month.
These seedbox users must be intentionally overseeding solely for bragging rights. Which is just pathetic. Since I see no other purpose of having tb’s upon tb’s of buffer. While you’re getting your 30:1 and 40:1 ratios on a single torrent, the guys on home connections are struggling just to hit 1:1 on that same file because of you.
Rather than just flat out saying that you’re “gay” if you use a seedbox… He probably meant that if you’re not an uploader then you’re just wasting your money, and at the sametime making it harder for the users of home connections to make a good ratio because of your gross and thoughtless overseeding.
This is by far one of the dumbest ideas I’ve ever heard, when using a seedbox part of the reason you get such a good ratio is not only the fact that clients tend to prefer you because you have more bandwidth, but by downloading faster than everyone else, you tend to have the pieces before anyone else, if you block the seedbox and hence 90% of the uploaders on private trackers, you won’t have anything to seed.
And while some sites do become so competitive that you practically require a seedbox, private trackers wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for seedboxes, most private trackers have no advertisements, hence the only income is from donations and people won’t donate to a tracker if it doesn’t supply wicked fast downloads which means you need seedboxes.
If your gonna play with the big boys then play, whining will just get you beat down.
Iv noticed that i get a better ratio when blocking all seedboxes. Sounds weird, but its true in my case.
That ip list is a bit outdated, but its kinda easy to see whitch peers are seedboxes.
Beethink ip blocker is more stable than other ip blocking software.
Congrats friend, the world stupidest idea I’ve found so far, seedbox help spread the torrents, if we block them they won’t get it, I got a seedbox myself, the goal of having a seedbox is also to get a better ratio and help spread a torrent quickly on private trackers. Please take that webpage down quickly.