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Is there console based download manager, that can use muti-connections download files faster under FreeBSD?
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I know of http://aria2.sourceforge.net/, appears to be a decent program... but don't hammer servers, many hosting providers inaccurately measure bandwidth.

What does that mean? Well if you make 5 concurrent connections to download some 1GB file, it'll appear as if you downloaded 5GB of data.. not including any failed "retries".

I'm not going to lie, you'll see amazing speeds.. but in the end, think of the person paying the bills.
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What does that mean? Well if you make 5 concurrent connections to download some 1GB file, it'll appear as if you downloaded 5GB of data.. not including any failed "retries".

I'm not going to lie, you'll see amazing speeds.. but in the end, think of the person paying the bills.

didn't knew that
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I know of http://aria2.sourceforge.net/, appears to be a decent program... but don't hammer servers, many hosting providers inaccurately measure bandwidth.

What does that mean? Well if you make 5 concurrent connections to download some 1GB file, it'll appear as if you downloaded 5GB of data.. not including any failed "retries".

I'm not going to lie, you'll see amazing speeds.. but in the end, think of the person paying the bills.
That's pretty silly, and a rip-off... Seems like the sort of thing that ISPs ought to be called out on for doing.
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I know of http://aria2.sourceforge.net/, appears to be a decent program... but don't hammer servers, many hosting providers inaccurately measure bandwidth.

What does that mean? Well if you make 5 concurrent connections to download some 1GB file, it'll appear as if you downloaded 5GB of data.. not including any failed "retries".

I'm not going to lie, you'll see amazing speeds.. but in the end, think of the person paying the bills.
Do you have any kind of source or reference regarding this matter? I would like to dig it up
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Also see Prozilla in the ports tree (or http://prozilla.genesys.ro/ for more info).
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Most webservers I know of will correctly see that you are requesting and downloading 'byte ranges' -- the file gets chopped up in x segments of 1/x size on request of the downloader; also see the 206 partial content directive in http that all download accelerators rely on.

By the way: do not confuse download managers (simple queueing programs) with download accelerators (those chop up the request using byte ranges).

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My recommendation is axel.
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My recommendation is axel.
Have been using axel for a couple of months, very happy about it

Its download accellerator, not manager, btw
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Most webservers I know of will correctly see that you are requesting and downloading 'byte ranges' -- the file gets chopped up in x segments of 1/x size on request of the downloader; also see the '206 partial content' directive in http that all download accelerators rely on.
I know of a few bad eggs in the wild.. horrible bandwidth management practises.

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By the way: do not confuse download managers (simple queueing programs) with download accelerators (those chop up the request using byte ranges).
Sadly, those are pretty much one in the same... many accelerators can be used as simple queueing downloaders, but it's really a murky pond of choices.
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I said hosting providers, not ISP's.. i.e: some shared hosting services.

An ISP would have more intelligent bandwidth tracking capabilities.. protocol independence, etc.
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Word of mouth, rumours..

I think the US company "dreamhost" has such bandwidth tracking issues.
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