How does a download accelerator work? Are there other ways to achieve the same improvements in download speed? We saw in recent articles how the internet works and why download speed can be restricted. Here we look over some of the solutions and the technology that makes these products work.
Internet connections are managed through the TCP/IP port on your computer. This is a fantastic piece of technology that enables two computers to communicate with one another. However, one thing that this protocol is not fantastic at is transferring data in high volume. Of course you could blame the technicians and designers of this port but in all fairness this would be like blaming the guy who invented the wheel for not anticipating the development of the automobile. The internet is one of the most consumer-led environments and who could anticipate from the outset the technological developments that would drive internet use in the 21st century.
However, the reasons the protocol isn’t the most efficient for download speed is not really because of a design flaw but rather because, the internet is one giant chain, and a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Or in the case of internet video download, as fast as its slowest link. So what solutions have been offered to improve download speed?
Improving Download Speed with a New Port
In the past there have been attempts to design a new port for hi-speed downloads but as good as this may have been in principle, this approach ran into a problem. Like anything communication-related, for it to work you need the matching device at both ends of the loop. If either the receiver or sender installed the new port, it made no difference to video download speed because everyone else was still using the existing technology. The end result was that the new technologies never reached a critical mass and so despite offering theoretical improvements and specific solutions to specific problems, they were never able to demonstrate improvements on a wide enough scale to become the industry standard and were abandoned.
Download Managers and Accelerators
This left the field open for download managers which contain download acceleration software and sit alongside existing browsers. Using an internet accelerator doesn’t accelerate the speed of you connection but rather increases video download speed by optimizing the performance of the existing technology.
SPEEDbit Download Accelerator
SPEEDbit’s download accelerator technology works by splitting the data to be transferred into smaller segments and uses patented multi-channel technology. To put this in simple terms, this technology improves download speed by making the process more efficient. Instead of sending requests one at time, multiple requests are sent simultaneously. The result — video download speed is improved dramatically. Naturally, the technology also works in reverse and upload speeds are also optimized to be much quicker.
The technology which SPEEDbit has developed is able to improve not just download speed but the acceleration engine is also able to work in conjunction with streaming sites, so whether you’re streaming video from sites such as YouTube, Veoh, Facebook or DailyMotion, the experience is frustration-free.
Overall, the best solution for increased download speed is not simply to purchase a faster connection from your ISP, rather you should use a download accelerator package such as SPEEDbit’s Download Accelerator Plus in conjunction with your connection to optimize download performance.