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Bill Bridges - 9S1
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Download Managers
      #429627 - 08/20/16 03:51 PM

I've read a lot about download managers for internet files and tried Internet Download Manager. I found it increased my file downloads about 3 to 4 times over normal file downloads.

I've noticed that there are others, including open source, that are on the market. Does anyone else use one or have any recommendations?

Since I moved to the country my internet speed has gone from 50 with TWC to 15 using wireless which is my only option now.


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Russell Holton
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Re: Download Managers [Re: Bill Bridges - 9S1]
      #429629 - 08/20/16 03:57 PM

I've never used them myself. I'm on 7Mbit DSL myself, (because I'm cheap), but it's solid. Wireless may be a different deal.

I'd imagine the reason for having one would be to handle disruption and perhaps to throttle the connection so it doesn't kill your connection for other things. So they may be slower by design. See if you can find a throttle setting.

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Ray Tackett
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Download Managers [Re: Bill Bridges - 9S1]
      #429640 - 08/20/16 09:12 PM

I can't imagine any use for a download manager except perhaps to route
different file types to different folders.

I have my browsers configured to download everything to one specific folder
without asking. Then I do whatever I want with each download manually.

There's a lot of junkware out there masquerading as download managers. Some
bring malware; some bring advertising. In any case, I don't need a download
manager any more than I need to "enhance my browsing experience".


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Mase Taylor
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Re: Download Managers [Re: Ray Tackett]
      #429643 - 08/20/16 10:15 PM

IMHO the same goes for browser tool bars.

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Terry Carraway
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Re: Download Managers [Re: Mase Taylor]
      #429660 - 08/21/16 12:26 PM

Agree and agree.

I find that the "download" manager in my browsers works fine. Allows me to default save the file into the Download folder, or to any folder I want to specify, or run it when the download is finished.

And it manages to control resource usage between the download and browsing.

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