Any http proxy to accelerate http GET method?

Discussion in 'Linux Networking' started by Trent.Zhou, Nov 19, 2007.

  1. Trent.Zhou

    Trent.Zhou Guest


    Are there any special kind of HTTP proxy that can accelerate web
    browsing? The proxy server can get web pages, pictures, or movies
    faster by creating threads to get a resource simultaneously. Has
    someone heard of or used such kind of proxy server?
    I need this software because I find I always get about 20KB/s of speed
    when I watch videos on youtube even if I'm using a 2Mbps ADSL
    connection. I know it's faster to get the flv file to local disk using
    any multi-threaded downloading software. I'm just wondering if it's
    possible to view web contents faster without leaving the browser.
    Trent.Zhou, Nov 19, 2007
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  2. Your question really doesn't make much sense considering that modern
    browsers *are* multi-threaded downloading software. What do you think
    browsers don't do?

    David Schwartz, Nov 19, 2007
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    True. I don't think any proxy will optimize a youtube video download which
    gets downloaded on a single connection. And BtW, youtube servers didn't
    support partial downloading, so no segmented downloading. Try testing speed
    at your end, it might be due to server's congestion or download speed
    restriction on your ADSL connection.
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  4. Trent.Zhou

    Trent.Zhou Guest

    I'm not sure if modern browsers are multi-threaded. I find out
    downloading files in firefox is about 5 times slower than a multi-
    threaded downloading tool on my machine. Maybe other browsers are

    Forget this question if other browsers are already multi-threaded.
    Trent.Zhou, Nov 20, 2007
  5. You seem to have a lot of false assumptions. There is no special
    reason a downloading program that is not multi-threaded would be
    significantly slower than one that was.

    David Schwartz, Nov 22, 2007
  6. Trent.Zhou

    Trent.Zhou Guest

    I'm connecting to internet using 2Mbps (about 200KBps) ADSL provided
    by China Telecom. Downloading files from Chinese web sites is fast,
    the speed can be up to 200kB/s. However, when downloading files from
    sites out of China, I can seldom get speed over 50kBps unless I use a
    multithreaded downloading tool.

    I guess the bottleneck is on the bandwidth allocated for each oversea
    connection. Multi-threading can exploit the whole bandwidth provided
    by my ISP.
    Trent.Zhou, Nov 22, 2007
  7. Trent.Zhou

    david Guest

    Or perhaps the slowdown is from censoring by the Chinese government.
    david, Nov 22, 2007
  8. No. The multithreaded downloading tool is *doing* something very
    different from what the browser is doing. It also happens to be
    multithreaded, but this is not the reason it's faster. It's faster
    because it does something very different.

    David Schwartz, Nov 23, 2007
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