If you want to torrent, say, public domain movies like Night Of The Living Dead or… Hercules Against the Moon Men your, ISP might slow you down because it’s a torrent. Likewise, if you want to download Jonathan Coulton’s public domain album JoCo Looks Back but you’re not at your desk, normally you would have to wait until you get home to start the download. Boxopus solves both these issues by plugging your torrents directly into your Dropbox account.
All you need to do is upload the torrent file to Boxopus and the file will download to your Dropbox account in the cloud. Signing up is fairly easy, and if you’re already signed into Dropbox it should detect your account for you.
Boxopus currently offers unlimited speed and traffic during the Beta phase, but be warned that the service plans to limit free traffic but “provide more opportunities for paying customers.” That could mean faster speeds. Because Boxopus recently gained mainstream attention, it also received a spike in traffic, you might notice that the bandwidth isn’t currently great.
One concern with Boxopolous is that because it will be a pay service which will likely be used to download copyrighted content, it might get attention from agencies interested in enforcing copyright law. Unlike Megaupload, Boxopolous isn’t hosting the content themselves, just processing it, so they might get a pass.
Give Boxopolous a try. At the very least it’s an interesting web solution, and it’s currently free.
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