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Slow Downloading Of Large Files

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#1 Groffeaston


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Posted 25 December 2007 - 03:08 AM

I need to download updates for my computer.
My problem is I only have dial-up inernet acces,with a 56kbs modem. When my downloads start, the speeds start at about around 20kbs then rapidly decline to around 2kbs and then stay steady between 2kbs and about 4kbs.

Is there a way I can speed up the downloads without swithching internet service or spending lots of money?
I need to download about 294mb worth of files for my computer and can not be on the computer all day waiting for the downloads. Total of 3 or 4 files and they are all large. Also High speed internet access is unavailable in my area at this time or else I would have it.

I have a Dell Dimention E521 with an AMD Athlon 64x2 dual core processor 4000+ 2.10 GHz,2046mb of RAM,32 bit operating system, with Windows Vista Home Premium,and a Conexant D850 PCI V.92 modem. I hope this information helps.

Any assisstance will be a great help. Thank you.

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#2 david28


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Posted 25 December 2007 - 03:58 AM

Well if your dial-up is 56k, then your average transfer rate should be at around 4-6 Kbps on average. There arent really any ways to optimise your internet speed though, you probably will have to get better internet when it is availible otherwise there isnt much that you can do. Also, dont download any programs that say they optimise internet speed, because, they are Spyware and do either nothing or slow down your internet even more. Also, I would say that downlaoding that much with dial-up could take a couple of days. Hope you get broadband in your area soon! :thumbsup:

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Posted 29 December 2007 - 04:30 PM

Hi Groffeaston,

I'm in almost exactly the same position as you, including an almost identical system, except that my connection is even slower because I'm so rural that I have to go through 2 - count 'em - 2 phone companies to get to my ISP.

My solutions have been twofold:

1. Sometimes I go to the library, which does have high speed, and download directly to my external HD. Most libraries have a policy of not allowing downloads, but since it's a small library and they know that I'm not DLing to their computer, they have no problem with it.

2. I use Free Download Manager, which doesn't speed up my downloads noticeably but does allow for a bunch of different and useful options. I have my dialup connection set to never disconnect or, if it accidentally disconnects, to redial almost immediately. Just before going to bed, I set FDM to automatically download everything in the list, as well as set it to do only 1 download at a time. So, as one finishes, FDM moves on to the next.

And no, it's not spyware. However, I can't surf the internet while it's downloading, which is why I mostly use it at night.

Hope this helps!

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