After a few weeks of use, here is my feedback on this awesome tool.
For me, Quickbox is a great tool for anyone who wants to get a functional seedbox quickly and effortless. Thanks to its flexibility and simplicity, this tool is suitable for both beginners and experienced users. This is a good thing because the personal seedbox was so far not accessible to novices.
Here is my personal approach to what would be the perfect seedbox. Personally, I use the seedbox with my family and friends. Some of them do not practice much computers, so eventually all they want is to be able to stream the content of the seedbox on television and occasionally ask for specific content that they would like to watch/re-watch.
I don’t really understand all these seedbox management scripts that allow to make multi-users environment on rutorrent/transmission, Couchpotato, Rickrage, etc … It can indeed be useful when you wish to sublet a part of your server, but it does not make sense anymore when you just want to share it with friends. In this case I think it unnecessary to divide the server (own libraries, quota, etc …) while most of the downloaded content will be identical on the majority of users. It does not make sense to have the same content stored in the server several times, while its storage space is limited. And without forgetting the [precious] resources lost in unnecessary instances.
Personally, I see Quickbox as a tool for the management of our seedbox, which allows to manage it very easily.
But the multi-user part does not interest me at all. Users of my seedbox need only access to the web interface of Plex (for the stream PC), PlexRequest (for occasional requests) and to the download folders (for the content they want keep) ; and why not a small forum for exchanges between users.
I don’t want to clutter my users with multiple usernames/passwords. It is important that the way to access these services is as simple as possible. And since my users are forced to create a Plex.tv account to stream the content of the seedbox, the most elegant solution to access the other services of the seedbox would be to authenticate themselves with their Plex account. (as PlexRequest does)
By looking a bit on Internet, there are already some solutions that allow single authentication using the Plex account, but unfortunately these solutions are based on the nginx’s auth_request module. No solution is available for Apache.
I know that a Nginx version for Quickbox is being developed. I will be attentive in the evolution of Quickbox, but in the meantime I am constrained not to use Quickbox in this state and to restart on a personal solution:
- Plex Media Server (already using Plex authentication)
- PlexRequest (already using Plex authentication)
- Transmission (admin only)
- Pyload (admin only)
- Couchpotato (admin only)
- SickRage (admin only)
- PlexPy (admin only)
- Nginx in reverse proxy (with PlexAuth module)
- h5ai (with PlexAuth module for users access)
As well as some automations:
- Plex librairies refresh script when Transmission/Pyload has completed a download
Restarting failed services
cronjob to restart services once a day, during the night (= better stability of services)
monitors free disk space and triggers a script to delete the oldest content (= FIFO mode)
Now, users of my seedbox have access only to the Plex Web Player, PlexRequest and h5ai; using a unique username/password, their personnal Plex.tv account. This was the goal
Do not pay attention to my poor English, sorry for that!