FTP: segmented transfers?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by brijazz, Oct 1, 2010.

  1. brijazz macrumors 6502


    Jul 31, 2008
    I've been testing out three different applications (Yummy FTP, Captain FTP and CuteFTP), each of which apparently feature "segmented downloading", which is supposed to break up an FTP transfer into small bits to make for very fast transfers.

    However, I'm only getting between 30-50kbps, which is odd given that my internet connection tests at about 28Mbps down. I typically can get between 1-3Mbps when using BitTorrent, so I know that faster speeds are possible with my connection. Any advice?
  2. dustybob macrumors newbie

    Mar 8, 2010
    I know this is a belated response but it sounds as if you may not be using segmented downloading with those speeds. Assuming the ftp server you're connecting to is capable of uploading fast enough and assuming it limits its per transfer speed then you should see an increase by enabling segmented downloading.

    I'm not yummy ftp has segmented downloading, i didn't think it did but i could be wrong. Last i tried them both cuteftp and captain ftp are capable of segmented downloading but each is limited to only 4 segments. Keep in mind that segmented downloading is not enabled by default in either of these programs and you have to turn it on in preferences.

    If four segments is not enough to max your connection speed then i recommend using macports (if you don't mind using command line) or igetter (if you want a gui, albeit a less than perfect one) which are capable of more segments.

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