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    FREE download manager

    Hi,

    I am currently using Download Accellerator as my download manager. It is good for managing but seems to be slow.

    Can someone recommend a FREE download manager which is fast / faster than Download Accelarator? From time to time, I have to download a large file (200/300 mb). BTW: I am a broadband user. I have tried downloading at different times of the day/night to see if it makes any difference to the speed but not much luck.

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    Re: FREE download manager

    I've used DLExpert and more rcently Free Download Manager (FDM). Both have been good in terms of speed, supporting multithreaded file transfers. The former is a bit clunky/ obscure and the latter has (too?) many features IMO.

    There are lots of factors that might contribute to slow downloads though. It might be the server itself, if the large file always comes from the same source, or maybe the protocol. In my experience, if the download is of the ftp:// variety, browsers and associated http:// downloaders are noticably slower than a dedicated FTP client like FileZilla, LeechFTP or SmartFTP. I guess all you can do is try 'em and stack 'em up against each other. All the ones I've listed are <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>ware BTW.

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    Re: FREE download manager

    Remember that the download speed is controlled by the slowest connection of the 2 machines. What kind of connection is on the other end since you have "Broadband"?

    Broadband is anything other than a standard phone connection. Some DSL connections are very slow.

    I do a lot of beta testing with a 6 meg download cable connection, but I still get slow speed from some of the VERY large SW companies. True there may be several 1,000 people downloading at the same time, but most of the time I get only about 200-300 KB/s. One of the downloads I am currently testing is over 2Gig in size so it does take a long time.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: FREE download manager

    Yup it is a 1Mb DSL connection.

    It starts off with about 100-110 kb/s but almost straightaway ends up around 69/70 mark using download accellerator. Our servers are meant to be quite fast. I am downloading the large file from the work servers. I will try other download managers and compare the speed.

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    Re: FREE download manager

    Go to Speed tests at DSLreports.com and run several of tests from different locations. This will require that you have "Sun Java Engine" installed. This will tell you if you are getting the most out of your connection. When you lose download speed as you stated, it appears to me that the sending end has slowed down.

    Also, note, I do not use any download manager, unless the SW company provides it. I have tried several of these mangers and have NOT seen any improvement in the speeds.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Must have one dumb question per thread; here it is

    So what is a download manager and how does it differ from simply downloading through a browser? I have D/L hundreds of things from documents to music to applications - always just clicked on D/L and it worked. What was I missing?

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    Re: Must have one dumb question per thread; here it is

    See the Wikipedia entry for Download manager.

    (As far as I know, download managers were useful in the era of dial-up connections, since downloads often took a long time and it was far from improbable that the connection would be interrupted during the download. For broadband/cable, the advantages - if any - are much less clear.)

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    Re: Must have one dumb question per thread; here i

    The two main advantages are that you can stack downloads together to complete at some later time and the ability to resume interrupted downloads. Downloads may get interrupted on your side due to your machine or your ISP or on the source side due to overloaded or poorly managed servers.

    I have an older copy of Getright which I'll use when I download something big or if the download keeps flaking out. But these days, most large downloads are available as torrents and I'll download that way if available.

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    Re: Must have one dumb question per thread; here i

    I also don't use any download "helper" programs for the reason Hans mentioned. I can't remember the last time I had a download interrupted or broken, what with broadband nowadays. Also, there are some download manager programs that have been known to cause system conflicts, so I've just stayed completely away from them and not felt the least bit deprived. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: FREE download manager

    I never used a download manager until the past few daze.

    I have tried both FDM and FlashGet (http://www.amazesoft.com/).
    Along with FlashGet, I installed the firefox extension FlashGot (http://www.flashgot.net/whats).

    Have not used either download manage renough to determine which is better.
    FDM has its own forum, but I've not yet received a response to a question I posted 2 daze ago.

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    Re: FREE download manager

    I just downloaded a bunch of stuff using FlashGet via firefox and the FlashGot extension.

    Worked as expected.

    I was able to queue 7 jobs.
    I told it to work on 3 at a time.
    Each download was broken into 5 streams.

    Alas, they are PDF files and, on the OS I used, I have only Acrobat 4. I'll have to boot to an OS with Acrobat 5 to see whether I can open the files.

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    Re: FREE download manager

    I have recently started using FlashGet
    There are two <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>'s that I'm aware of, and one <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> that I'm very happy with.

    First <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>, I have read that earlier versions of FlashGet were flagged as spyware alerts - though the current versions are 'clean'. Despite this, some scanners will pick up the latest version and mark it as suspect.

    Second <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>, is that when a file is downloaded it keeps the original file date - rather than picking up today's date when downloaded. I prefer the latter as it means that recently downloaded files will consistently appear at the top of a list ordered by 'modified date'.

    The main <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> of FlashGet for me is that it can download streaming real media files from rtsp:// servers. Very useful.

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    Re: FREE download manager

    FlashGet has an option:

    <hr>Get file date and time from server
    Keep the local files up to date with the ones on the server.<hr>

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