Web accelerators explain please

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by zapoqx, Mar 25, 2007.

  1. zapoqx

    zapoqx Striking Master

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    Ok, I gotta know this, what is the point of web accelerators?? I mean the last time I used one waaayyyy back with netzero and dial-up, I had used one and while I did notice increase on the speed of loading a web page, for the most part, it just decreased the quality of images unless you tell it to show the said image in its highest form.

    I saw google has a web accelerator, but I mean, does it do anything different or does it do the same thing as what I said before?
     
  2. muzikool

    muzikool Act your wage. Political User

    While you look at a page online the web accelerator starts caching the pages that are linked from it, that way when you click one of the links, some of the content on the following page has already been downloaded. That's the way they worked back in the day when I tried them -- things may have changed some but I haven't looked at them in years.

    I really don't see the point in using one if you have broadband. I mean, it might provide a small increase in the speed of page loads, but being on broadband should probably be good enough on its own.
     
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  3. zeke_mo

    zeke_mo (value not set) Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    Some of the older accelerators would just increase the size of your browsers cache so when you went back to a page it would load faster


    btw your avatar is really creepy
     
  4. zapoqx

    zapoqx Striking Master

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    Thanks for the explanation. I never seen though about what you say of the browsers cache nor the pre-loading some content of a pages in a link ahead of time.
     
  5. LordOfLA

    LordOfLA Godlike!

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    googles web accellerator pre-loads all external links to about 3 deep. so you are preloading another 3 sites at anyone time. the probability of you clicking a pre-loaded link is very small so it just wastes bandwidth rather than speeding anything up.

    If you want your connection to go faster, pay more.
     
  6. Johnny

    Johnny .. Commodore .. Political User

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    Yeah, Web accelerators are not worth the time or effort. They don't make any noticeable changes. In fact, some of them put some stupid third party spyware peace of crap in your system.