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How fast is FTP on a broadband connection?

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I have a cable modem, but when I FTP I find it dog slow.  What rate might it be communicating with?  Can it be sped up?

Nested directories take the longest.  If I send to many sites in parallel, will it be slower still?

Is there a way to zip up files locally and unzip them at my website.  (I do not have a dedicated virtual server in which case that would be a yes)

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If you have secure shell  access then you can use compression.  You just need to make sure that the compression program is installed on the server.  most likely the server is unix, so you would use Gzip for compression.  

I disagree with btpringle.

It will be CONSIDERABLY faster to compress first, transfer the compressed file over the line, then login using a shell account and perform the decompress.
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