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Old 2002-02-22, 12:55 PM   #1
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Ottawa, Ontario
Default Please Don't use Download Accelerator on my site anymore!

Hi everyone.

First I want to explain my reasoning. This week I only posted the TF ep on one download server (the biggest one) to see if it could handle the load alone. And it did pretty well, it was still full a few times during the week but overall it handled everything fine. The reason I tried that is so that I could close the 4 other accounts, I need to save that $80/month. With the new dedicated server, my hosting costs have gone upto about $600 Canadian/month so I need to try and reduce some areas. And if one server can handle the load then great.

Now the next point, half the time when the server is full it is because people are tying up more than one connection to the server. Download Accelerator is the worst for this, when you say download an episode or a movie, it will try to open as many connections to the site as possible to maximize its speed. This technically does work but on a site that only can handle 32 connections at once. When someone ties up 4+ connections it will cause other people problems when downloading. Here are a couple samples of log entries showing what it does:

203.164.250.x - - [21/Feb/2002:00:26:39 -0800] "GET /movies/ep/tf/tf204divx.zip HTTP/1.1" 200 6193152
203.164.250.x - - [21/Feb/2002:00:26:40 -0800] "GET /movies/ep/tf/tf204divx.zip HTTP/1.1" 206 6193152
203.164.250.x - - [21/Feb/2002:00:26:43 -0800] "GET /movies/ep/tf/tf204divx.zip HTTP/1.1" 206 6217728
203.164.250.x - - [21/Feb/2002:00:26:43 -0800] "GET /movies/ep/tf/tf204divx.zip HTTP/1.1" 206 6209536
203.164.250.x - - [21/Feb/2002:00:26:44 -0800] "GET /movies/ep/tf/tf204divx.zip HTTP/1.1" 206 6086656
203.164.250.x - - [21/Feb/2002:00:26:44 -0800] "GET /movies/ep/tf/tf204divx.zip HTTP/1.1" 206 112304
203.164.250.x - - [21/Feb/2002:00:26:44 -0800] "GET /movies/ep/tf/tf204divx.zip HTTP/1.1" 206 6184960
203.164.250.x - - [21/Feb/2002:00:26:44 -0800] "GET /movies/ep/tf/tf204divx.zip HTTP/1.1" 206 6193152
203.164.250.x - - [21/Feb/2002:00:26:44 -0800] "GET /movies/ep/tf/tf204divx.zip HTTP/1.1" 206 39038
203.164.250.x - - [21/Feb/2002:00:26:44 -0800] "GET /movies/ep/tf/tf204divx.zip HTTP/1.1" 206 6184960
203.164.250.x - - [21/Feb/2002:00:26:44 -0800] "GET /movies/ep/tf/tf204divx.zip HTTP/1.1" 206 6012928
203.164.250.x - - [21/Feb/2002:00:26:44 -0800] "GET /movies/ep/tf/tf204divx.zip HTTP/1.1" 206 6201344
203.164.250.x - - [21/Feb/2002:00:26:45 -0800] "GET /movies/ep/tf/tf204divx.zip HTTP/1.1" 206 19519
203.164.250.x - - [21/Feb/2002:00:26:45 -0800] "GET /movies/ep/tf/tf204divx.zip HTTP/1.1" 206 65536
203.164.250.x - - [21/Feb/2002:00:26:45 -0800] "GET /movies/ep/tf/tf204divx.zip HTTP/1.1" 206 65536
203.164.250.x - - [21/Feb/2002:00:26:45 -0800] "GET /movies/ep/tf/tf204divx.zip HTTP/1.1" 206 204800
203.164.250.x - - [21/Feb/2002:00:26:46 -0800] "GET /movies/ep/tf/tf204divx.zip HTTP/1.1" 206 65536
203.164.250.x - - [21/Feb/2002:00:26:46 -0800] "GET /movies/ep/tf/tf204divx.zip HTTP/1.1" 206 65536
203.164.250.x - - [21/Feb/2002:00:26:46 -0800] "GET /movies/ep/tf/tf204divx.zip HTTP/1.1" 206 65536
203.164.250.x - - [21/Feb/2002:00:26:47 -0800] "GET /movies/ep/tf/tf204divx.zip HTTP/1.1" 206 65536

24.82.49.x - - [21/Feb/2002:19:07:36 -0800] "GET /movies/ep/tf/tf204divx.zip HTTP/1.1" 200 12378112
24.82.49.x - - [21/Feb/2002:19:07:48 -0800] "GET /movies/ep/tf/tf204divx.zip HTTP/1.1" 206 12328960
24.82.49.x - - [21/Feb/2002:19:07:49 -0800] "GET /movies/ep/tf/tf204divx.zip HTTP/1.1" 206 12312576
24.82.49.x - - [21/Feb/2002:19:08:08 -0800] "GET /movies/ep/tf/tf204divx.zip HTTP/1.1" 206 12255740
24.82.49.x - - [21/Feb/2002:19:08:41 -0800] "GET /movies/ep/tf/tf204divx.zip HTTP/1.1" 206 1056768
24.82.49.x - - [21/Feb/2002:19:08:45 -0800] "GET /movies/ep/tf/tf204divx.zip HTTP/1.1" 206 598016
24.82.49.x - - [21/Feb/2002:19:08:56 -0800] "GET /movies/ep/tf/tf204divx.zip HTTP/1.1" 206 1277952
24.82.49.x - - [21/Feb/2002:19:08:58 -0800] "GET /movies/ep/tf/tf204divx.zip HTTP/1.1" 206 1531904

Now in the first example we see that DA is splitting the file into 6 meg chunks and trying to download them all at once. But the server is full, partly from him. The number at the end is the number of bytes downloaded and 65536 means the site was full.

And the second user is on a cable modem so why is he using DA when he can download fast already? DA was designed for people with crappy dialup connections who have trouble getting their max speed off a download site (ie from microsoft or asus), The major sites can afford to let you open several connections but my site isn't large enough to support that.

So please people, set DA to only use 1 connection or use another download manager, like Getright or Gozilla, they are both great programs and don't default to hammering the site your downloading from.

Thank you, I'm just trying to make everything better for everyone. It isn't fair that a few people can hog the servers when others can't get on at all.

end rant
 


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