So as you may have known in a recent thread I stated that I needed a good browser due to my slow connection. Now I'm also wondering how to speed and/or make downloads more efficient as on average I only get 20-30 KB/s download speeds. I've heard about some download accelerators or something like that in the tech discussion occassionally but I also recall it being said that they are either bad for some reason or don't actually work or something along that line. I'm used to dling mods from filefront and the like and they can often be over 100 mb which causes problems at this speed for dling
Download accelerators and download managers try to increase your download speed by saturating the link with lots of connections. Depending on your ISP and type of connection, this may/may not have any effect. This also depends on the site you are downloading from; in the past, from what I can recall, Filefront did not allow more than 4 or 5 connections; it seems that recently they've removed that restriction, so it should be okay. However, download managers usually have other features which make them worthwhile too, especially for slow connections; like resuming paused downloads, etc. I can recommend FDM, it's an awesome download manager.
Well as suggested by you I have started using FDM. However, I am only getting around 30 KB/s with occasional jumps that last for about 2-3 seconds. I didn't touch the settings so is there anything I should change that will help get me a higher speed? Or would this be due to the connection limit on amd? I am currently dling a driver from the amd website.
Well, what does your ISP say about your plan? What did you pay for? If you paid for 256kbps down, then tough luck. The only reasonable way to reliably increase the speed is to pay more for a better plan. I doubt it has anything to do with your processor, though.
Mr. Pedantic;5214446Well, what does your ISP say about your plan? What did you pay for? If you paid for 256kbps down, then tough luck. The only reasonable way to reliably increase the speed is to pay more for a better plan. I doubt it has anything to do with your processor, though.
:agreed It was the best with unlimited downloading so I'm not sure if I should switch to a better plan. The ones with higher speeds only allow 1-2 gigs of downloads in a month. Thanks, anyhow.
Actually, you do have limited downloading simply due to the fact that it's not possible for you to use a significant amount of bandwidth with a 256Kb/s connection. I wouldn't switch plan, i'd switch ISP!
On the matter or download accelerators; they only work under certain situations. In the real world, your only likely to get the sort of improvements they claim when you have a fast connection (ie > 10Mb/s) and your downloading from places with low speed pipes (say 1Mb/s) By making four connections you can in theory quadruple your download speed if the person setting the server up was incompetent.
You are not in this position. The server has more capacity than your home connection. Playing around with download managers and whatever else is not going to improve the performance of your connection, the only way to improve your performance is going to be to get a decent connection.
The ISP I use is the best one considering the other ISPs within the area. I don't have any other option. Considering the nation I live in and the specific area that I live in, I think it's asking too much of the poor bastards. Of course, also considering the rest of the world and several other countries with nearly same or worse background and history, you'd expect a lot more which doesn't make these service providing people so poor. Just bastards.