How to Increase an FTP Download Speed

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How to Increase an FTP Download Speed
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File transfer protocol (FTP), as the name suggests, is designed specifically for facilitating file transfers between two different locations on the web. FTP has simplified the process of transferring files, so that uploading and downloading from the web host is just as simple as copying files between storage devices on your PC. Windows doesn’t let you adjust FTP settings that would increase the download speed, however, so you must make other adjustments to ensure you get maximum speed.

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  1. 1

    Stop all other Internet activity during an FTP session. Browsing websites, downloading files, webcamming and streaming media can utilise the available bandwidth and slow down the FTP download speed.

  2. 2

    Increase the concurrent transfer number. FTP, by default, assigns a small portion of the bandwidth to uploading and downloading a single file. To increase the number of simultaneous file transfers, you must use an FTP client that allows at least 10 concurrent transfers, for instance File Zilla, Cute FTP and Fire FTP.

  3. 3

    Use an FMP software program that supports file segmenting. A number of FTP clients, such as File Zilla and Cute FTP, split large-sized files into smaller files that can be downloaded simultaneously using more of the available bandwidth.

  4. 4

    Consider upgrading the bandwidth of your current Internet connection. You can contact your ISP and find out more about their packages. Higher download speed provided by the ISP will boost your FTP downloads.

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