jDownloader is a fantastic download manager. However, the default settings may actually prevent you from using more or all of your available internet speed when downloading files. By using the following tweaks, you can potentially speed up file downloads when using jDownloader.
Max chunks per download
While many people do not know it, when you’re browsing things online, your web browser is actually making multiple connections to websites, simultaneously. How many connections your web browser allows depends on the browser you’re using, but the purpose of allowing multiple connections is so that you can access things on the internet faster.
By default, jDownloader allows one connection per file when downloading. The Max chunks per download setting allows you to increase the number of connections jDownloader will attempt to make for each download, thus potentially increasing your download speed.
Web servers, especially online filehosting or file sharing sites, will generally limit downloads in some way. Maybe they’ll limit the number of connections an ip address can have at one time to the server or a file, maybe they’ll limit the speed available to each connection, or maybe a mixture the two. By increasing the number of connections, or “chunks” you can download at a time, you can potentially increase the speed of your downloads.
Max simultaneous downloads
The max simultaneous downloads option controls how many files you can download at one time. So, if you’re using the default jDownloader settings with 50 files in your download queue, your files will download three at a time until things finish. If you have a fast internet connection you can increase that number until you’ve saturated your internet connection. When downloading from multiple filehosters, you may find better (or maybe worse!) results setting the max simultaneous downloads per hoster option to limit the number of downloads from a specific site at one time.
To access these options, just click on ‘Settings’ from the jDownloader main menu.
Disclaimers and warnings
Some things to keep in mind when attempting to speed up jDownloader downloads with these settings:
- No tweaks or settings changes will allow you to download faster than your ISP or filehosting site allows. There are many different things that affect how fast or slow a file will download, so changing settings may have no effect or potentially worsen your download experience.
- Some downloads may not work well, or stop working altogether, if you try downloading too many files from the same website at the same time. I’ve seen this using LinkSnappy and some premium account filehosters. In these cases, you’ll need to use the max simultaneous downloads per hoster option to avoid having your downloads fail.
At the end of the day, speeding up your downloads is a trial and error practice. However, if you’re frequently downloading files, it’s a good thing to know as you’ll not only speed up your downloads today, but into the future as well.