Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Your Blog, And Download Accelerator Services

As many web sites continually enrich their content, more bandwidth is needed by everybody who surfs the Net. As more bandwidth is needed, every Internet service is in constant competition with every other service, to provide more bandwidth.

Many ISPs, in an effort to wring every MegaByte / second of performance from their network, so they can make their customers happy, provide what they call "Download Accelerator" service.

Download Accelerators use several strategies, depending upon the ISP.
  • Some compress the content, and require you to install an extra network component on your computer, so your computer can expand the content for viewing.
  • Others strip detail from pictures (making a 300K picture into a 30K picture, for instance).
  • And still others cache contents of popular web sites in a special cache on your computer, and on servers in their server farm.


Each of these strategies will have varying effect in your browsing experience. If a download accelerator is an optional feature to your service, you may do well to decide whether your access will be improved.


As of 2010/01/15, we are investigating a possible connection between use of download accelerator add-ons / services with the mysterious "Error 400 Bad Request" symptom.


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3 comments:

solcarina said...

Thank you so much for sharing.

sending love, light, beauty and Joy.

solcarina

Michael and Anya said...

Is there a way to disable a download accelerator service?

Chuck said...

Most download accelerator services let you select which components you wish to use. What options you get depend upon your ISP.