I was searching for a cheap seedbox service. I was looking for both ready-to-use seedboxes and VPS’es.
Not only cheap, but they also need to have big storage space.
I learnt that VPS was not an option because VPS usually come with small SSD or expensive for big HDD storage and not even big enough for my need.
I kept looking for cheap seedboxes and found a few candidates.
Out of them, I decided to go for PulsedMedia. If you search PulsedMedia, you’ll see people were complaining about this service. I don’t care. What important is my own experience.
They do offer free seedbox to try. Sadly, it is not really free. I have to pay 0.20 EUR (or 0.23 USD) to try the service. According to them, this is done to counter abusive users using VPN and proxies to claim the free seedboxes more than one.
They free seedbox was slow and not so good and of course they had mentioned about that in the first place.
Next day I tried their cheapest plan – Value250 Series. From the 4 options available I chose the second one with 900GB storage for 8.16 USD per month.
The download and upload speed is capped at 12MBPS and 30MBPS respectively. Not a big problem for me because the seedbox is for long term seeding and not for building buffer. After all, I am using a budget seedbox, I am not going to expect unlimited down/up speed with the amount I paid.
After second month (after first renew). I cancelled the service and opted-in for the 4th option – 2700GB storage for 12.80 USD per month. The reason is I need more space.
After half year of usage. I still retain this box. Other than capped speed I don’t have any other problems.
This box as well as all other PulsedMedia seedboxes, I can fill the storage above the allocated limit up to 7 days.
The best thing is, every time I renew the box, I will get extra storage. Currently, I accumulated 272GB, not much but it’s free. But it doesn’t guaranteed and might not last forever.
When one my PT sites I joined did a global freeleech event last Christmas/year-end, I did a mistake of renting another one to build a buffer. It was a total mistake.
First, the download speed is slow, I need high download speed to quickly download as much data as possible to upload to the other leechers thus building a high buffer.
Second, the upload speed is slow to thus limiting the amount of data can be uploaded.
In short, my choice to use PulsedMedia as my original intention for long term seeding is correct but to build a buffer with this box was a mistake. It not a fatal mistake though, since it was a global freeleech, my download amount did not change. It just the upload amount is not so great.
In summary, the box I currently use (Value250 L) is good for me because:
- For long term seeding – especially for less popular content but I like it so much, it more likely the torrent will die soon, so I’ll help keep it alive.
- Limited internet – don’t want to waste data by uploading.
- Very slow internet speed.
- To pass the hit-n-run rule requirement – so I don’t have to worry to turn off my PC
- To grab and store on the seedbox first before the torrents die (for unpopular stuffs) and only transfer to PC when I want to use it.
The monthly subscription for Value250 L I paid is 12.80 USD (converted price, actual price is 10.99 EUR). It was 11.99 EUR and recently they changed the price to 19.99 EUR (as of this post).
Now it looks like only me and existing users enjoying the cheap price. New users have to pay more. But you can go to PulsedMedia website to check the other plans, compare with other providers and see if they are still the cheapest.