Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Some of you may have used a download accelerator through a browser add-on but are not contented with the download speed gain. Perhaps you should try a light and fast standalone and desktop-based download manager that could help give considerable increase in download speed.
Let me introduce you to Axel. A light and fast download accelerator with both a command line and Graphical User Interface (GUI).
Axel is able to accelerate your downloads by using more than one HTTP/FTP connection with each connection transfers its own, individual, part of the file. It can also use multiple mirrors per download.