How can I control the file download method in IE or FireFox
Posted on 2013-06-14
We had Satellite broadband installed specifically for downloading large files (we use a standard ADSL line for everything else due to the latency issues).
We are achieving download rates of 15Mbps on nearly all websites (HTTP download) except for one specific website which only achieves 3.6Mbps. This is the most important one we use for downloading updates to our software.
I don't think it's a problem with that website as I can download the same file from the same website at home on my Virgin fibre in 6 minutes (about 19Mbps).
The only logical explanation is that the download method used on that site is different from the others somehow. I am guessing that it is sending some data then requesting a CRC or something back. The latency on the satellite link is 800mS so the turnaround time is huge which results in a 30min download time. I can download the same size file from a different website in 7 minutes.
We are using IE10 on a new Win7 machine connected directly to the Sat modem (SurfBeam 2 modem) so no network issues to worry about.
Is there a way to change the download method used on that site by IE10 (I cannot find any way to change the download file method in IE) or would a different browser make a difference.
Hope this all makes sense.