How can I increase my download speed?

Note: This page contains steps on increasing the download speed of a specific file, not a web page. If your everything on the Internet seems slow troubleshoot your slow Internet connection.

Alternate sources or time

Many files available on the Internet today are mirrored onto other locations and available through other sites. If the file you're downloading is slow try seeing if it's available on another web page. Also, see if the site you're getting the file from provides links to multiple locations to download the file try a different location, even if it's further from where you're at in the world.

Additionally, if the file is popular, it may be best to try getting the file at a different time or different source. If thousands of people are downloading the same file from the same source, it can decrease the speed of the download.

Download managers

There are hundreds of different download managers that can help increase the overall speed of some downloads.  They do this by splitting the file into segments and getting each segment of the file using a different connection to the site. This will not work with all sites, and is only capable of downloading up to what your ISP provides you, but many times can decrease the time it takes to get a large file.

We've enjoyed and often only recommend one download manager, FDM also known as Free Download Manager. This program can be download by visiting their website.

Tip: When searching for alternative download managers be cautious as some free download managers have been known to include spyware and other adware. When installing any free program read carefully to what you're agreeing to, and watch for any extra check mark boxes asking if it's ok to install other programs.

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