Have you ever wonder why it take so long to download a file even though you subscribe to the fastest boardband in Singapore ? Rather than blaming on the ISP (etc Singtel, StarHub) , why not blame yourself for not using a download accelerator ?
There are a lot of ways to optimize the download speed. One way is to use a internet optimizer program (eg tweakui) which tend to adjust certain settings to improve performance, however it hard to notice any dramatic performance gain. Another popular way is to use a download accelerator that significantly improve the speed of download. First timer user will be totally amazed of how much potential their boardband is if only they know how to harvest their power. It is not uncommon to achieve a download speed of at least 7x times over normal download. This is achieved without any hype and it really work as intended.
So what exactly is a download accelerator ?
A download accelerator is program that through some ingenious downloading technique able to improve the downloading speed dramatically. It does not improve the speed of web surfing nor uploading of a file, but only for downloading file.
How does this technology work ?
To explain simply, DA spawn multiple ‘download threads’ (A thread is piece of code that run separately from others within the same application) to download different section of the file concurrently, and upon finish downloading, this bit and pieces will be resembled into a completed file. Now, just imagine that each thread resemble a water pipe. If there is one water pipe (That’s what a system without download accelerator will have), volume of water delivered per unit time will be limited. But by using multiple water pipes (Using Download Accelerator), the overall volume per unit time will just be multiplied.
Which mean that if a single thread produce a download speed of 23kb/s, then 10 threads (Number of threads can normally be adjustable through software) will produce 230kb/s. Practically, such speed may not linear, however, from what I experience is more than linear. It often exceed those ‘theoretical’ speed.
In fact, this technology is so useful that I wonder why there isn’t any popular browser include this features, rather than having to purchase or installed it as separate extension like Firefox. I presume that it has the potential for been misused. Imagine if everyone make use of download accelerator, then bandwidth usage will be higher, making the bandwidth pipeline slower to even surf the internet.
How do I use it ?
The amazing thing about this technology is its simplicity. Just install the Download Accelerator, and instead of using your browser to download the file, use the DA to download the file instead to reap the benefit of faster downloading.
The pros is that this technology works with many server (FTP, HTTP, etc). The cons is that there is still some server disable the use of this technology by only allowing one download connection per IP (Yes, that’s how they track the connection)
Recommending Download Express
Download Accelerator (DA), for all its very usefulness, is very notorious for introducing spyware or installing malicious program that slow down a system, or even intruding one privacy by sending personal information over to some unknown site.
Therefore, one should only install DA from a respectable vendor.
The DA that I recommended is Download Express from Metaproducts which is available FREE of use for non-commerical use.
MetaProducts is a respectable company that notable for producing innovative commerical web software utility. Most of its utility has garnered many prestigious awards for its usefulness and ease of use.
It happen that Download Express is one of the few by the company that is free for use.
I recommend this because it has the right balance of power, simplicity and ease of use with just small downloaded file size of 680kb. For most people, this should be all they ever needed for a download accelerator. There are many other download accelerators which needlessly include every features in mother’s kitchenSink, which make them harder to use and also make them a bloatware.
Among the most useful features include:
- Project-based download (Essentially, just plain-file download, allow redownloading)
- Integration with popular browsers ( Firefox, IE, Opera. Just right-on the file to download)
- Customizable like setting number of download thread to use
- Showing download of file by different thread visually
Download Express In Action
Indeed, using DA can be a cause for misuse of boardband’s bandwidth, so use it judiciously.
Software: Download Express