If you’re on a slow connection, or if you have to share your bandwidth with family or roommates, you may be having problems with making efficient use of Ares Galaxy. Fortunately for you, Ares Galaxy has a few options you can use to customize your bandwidth usage, particularly the feature to manage your queue.
Use the following tips to streamline your downloading process and make sure that you’re not hogging the connection so there’s still some left for your sister to check her e-mail or for your mom to watch her cooking videos while Ares is running in the background.
How Does The Transfer Queue Work?
If you navigate to the Transfer tab in the Control Panel, you’ll find a bunch of options, among which the transfer queue. First you must define how many files you want to allow to be uploaded and downloaded at once. This will be the number of files that can be transferred at the same time. Of course it’s possible to download, or upload, fewer files than this number at once, but if you select more file transfers than this, they will go in your queue.
Your queue will consist of the files that are “Locally paused”, and they will begin downloading as soon as you finish the files that you’re transferring right now.
Managing The Queue
If you’re on a bad connection or you have to share it with other people, you’ll want to limit your bandwidth (shown by the red circle on the screenshot below). But if your bandwidth is low, then it’s very important that you manage your queue. If you set the amount of downloads at once to 20, for example, and you only have 40kb/s download bandwidth, you run the risk of having to wait a very long time until your files are downloaded. So limit the amount of downloads (and uploads) to a lower number, and transfer the files one by one, or two by two. Your queue can be as long as you want it to be, so, even if you’re on a limited connection, you can just leave your pc or laptop on overnight and you should have most of what you want.
Increase On Idle
By toggling the “Increase on Idle” checkbox, Ares Galaxy will automatically increase the allotted bandwidth of the program when your machine is not in use. This can be very useful for when you’re sharing a single pc or laptop with more people, and it tends to be on for most of the time. We’re not entirely sure just by how much the bandwidth is increased, but it definitely makes a difference.
These are just two of the most obvious ways of making use of the free Ares Galaxy P2P file sharing program on a less-than-ideal connection. As you can see, you don’t need top-of-the-line equipment to enjoy Ares Galaxy, so get our free Ares download now and join our network!