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I have a 10mbs connection. When downloading any particular file, if I use Internet Explorer to download it, the speed I get is only about 100~200kb/s
But when I copy that file's link into a download manager (I use flashget), the speed I get is 1.2mb/s which is more closely match to the 10mbs.
How does this happen? Does IE have download speed limit or something? I messed around with IE once (can't remember what I did) and managed to get it to download at 1.2mb/s but then it dropped down after a few days of use.

Any idea how to solve this issue?
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by:dalesit
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IE will normally report the files in kB/s rather than kbps - in other words kilobytes per second rather than kilobits per second. 100-200kB/s is equivalent to 0.8-1.6Mbps, so looks like it is in the same range as reported by your download manager.

Check the units carefully - I suspect that you are not comparing like with like.
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by:ishcmc
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Both download manager and IE are set so that it dispay KB/S
I understand what you mean but that is not the case.
To make it more clear to you, IE gives me a 1-2mbs connection while with a download manager i get around 9-10mbs
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by:hedgie67
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The flashget download manager most likely opens multiple threads and breaks the file(s) in smaller chunks in no particular order and then reassembles these chunks on the destination PC creating a much faster throughput.  As compared to IE which would only create one thread to download the said file(s).  You would be able to confirm this by doing a little research on the dl mgr itself.

hth,

-Hedgie67
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by:ishcmc
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that would means IE limits the download speed on one connection.
how do I lift this limit?
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dalesit earned 1500 total points
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No, it isn't IE limiting the connection, but more likely the remote server. Using a download manager and splitting it into chunks will
optimise the download. You can get the same effect with IE by downloading 4 files at once. You will see the aggregate download being greater than the speed you get with any single download.

Cheers,

Joel
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by:IanTh
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well you could try a download manager that does do ie intergration as these apps add mulitple chunks to be downloaded

http://www.soft32.com/download_511.html
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