FlashGet is a free download manager developed by Amazesoft. It aims to resume broken or incomplete downloads so they don't have to be restarted because of a lost connection. It also uses a special downloading technique called MHT (Multi-server Hyper-threading Transportation), which divides the download into several segments. FlashGet downloads each segment in normal speeds so that downloading multiple segments results in exponential speeds. It combines the segments after the download finishes. Amazesoft claims that this method will increase the download speed by six to 10 times if you take full advantage of the feature and maximise your available bandwidth.
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Things you need
- FlashGet software
Click the "Tools" menu and go to "Speed Limit Mode." Click the "Unlimited" option to make FlashGet use all available bandwidth.
Pause any active downloads by clicking the "File" menu and clicking "Pause All." Click the "Download" folder on the left pane to see the paused downloads. Click the "Edit" menu and click "Select All" to select the paused downloads in the list. Right click on any of the highlighted downloads. Click on "Properties." Click the "Advanced" button, if it is present, and change the "Threads from main site" textbox to "10," which is the maximum number of simultaneous segments. This will start the downloads using the new speedy settings. Skip this step if your download list is empty.
Load your favourite Web browser and look for a file that you wish to download faster. Click its download link so FlashGet will automatically capture it and display a dialogue. Set the "Threads from main site" textbox to "10" and click the "OK" button to start the download in full speed.
Tips and warnings
- If FlashGet does not capture the download link, right click the FlashGet icon on the system or notification tray next to the task bar clock and uncheck "Disable Browser Monitoring."
- Although general website browsing shouldn't affect the performance of the downloads, avoid visiting any streaming sites. They consume bandwidth and may temporarily slow your downloads.
- Downloading in full speed using FlashGet may slow your browsing experience as well as the performance of other applications that use the Internet. Pause your downloads or exit FlashGet to free up your bandwidth.
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