How to Accelerate a Video Download


No matter what you download from the Internet, the maximum supported download speed will be the same for all file types. You will never come across a situation in which audio files such as MP3s download at a greater speed than video files, such as MP4s. The only reason an audio clip downloads faster is because the files are generally much smaller than video files. As such, increasing download speed for video entails increasing your overall Internet speed.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Internet connection
  • Use a program such as McAfee's Speedometer or Speed Test to see if your ISP is providing the speed it promises. If the server you are downloading a video from gives you 512 Mbps (megabits per second), but your ISP only gives you 256 Mbps, your download speed will be limited by the ISP. If the test results indicate lower speeds than what your ISP promises, you may want to switch to a faster plan.

  • Download and install a TCP optimizer, a program designed to tune and optimize Internet connections. Use the interface to activate features for faster downloads, audio and video streams and page loads.

  • Clean your Windows registry. Over time, unnecessary items in the Windows registry can slow down your computer, which affects download speeds. Install a free program such as Registry Cleaner. When you load the program, click "Scan," and wait for the program to generate a list of registry problems; on the list, click "Select All" and "Fix."

  • Consolidate fragmented data in your disk. Even if you have an Internet connection that supports fast downloads, a cluttered, disorganized disk may cause downloads to be sluggish. Defragment your disk using the "Disk Defragmenter" tool; right-click on the drive you want to defragment, select "Properties," then "Tools," and "Defragment Now." Use the tool to organize all your drives.

  • Set priorities for your download. Your ISP gives you a limited bandwidth, and the more files you download simultaneously, the longer it will take for each file. Prioritize by downloading fewer files at the same time.

  • Employ smart downloading practices. Set downloads for off-peak hours when Internet traffic is low, such as late night and early morning. Close programs that may use your bandwidth, such as media players like RealPlayer and Internet Explorer. If possible, try downloading when the computer is inactive.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want to accelerate video streams (and not downloads) from YouTube and other services, Leawo Video Accelerator is a good program.
  • Read documentation before you use a TCP optimizer. Incorrect settings may cause your connection to slow down.

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