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I've just upgraded my computer hardware(cpu + motherboard + graphic card + memory + hard disk), so that install a new OS is needed. I tried to download debian-6.0.6-amd64-netinst.iso with wget command but the speed is so slow that I could not bear. 4Kb/s ~ 17 Kb/s, slow like a running turtle, or even more slower if I use Chrome.

I've read the help information of wget, it seems like there are no options could make it more faster.

Is there anyway to make wget faster? Or is it possible to make it multi-threading download?

PS: my bandwidth is 4M. I use this command:

wget -c url  http://hammurabi.acc.umu.se/debian-cd/6.0.6/amd64/iso-cd/debian-6.0.6-amd64-netinst.iso
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wget just uses your connection. So if its slow, thats your connection with the server. Maybe you are slow, maybe the server is. btw 4mbit = 0.5mb/s, not to mention loss etc –  Dr_Bunsen Nov 7 '12 at 10:03
@Dr_Bunsen thank you for your advice, I tried the command that @Gufran suggested: axel, compared width wget, axel is faster than ever. I think in most situations, the bottleneck of my downloading speed are 1. something occupied the bandwidth(as you said: I'm slow). 2. single-threading. 3. the server is slow. But i have nothing to do with the 1&3 point. –  Teifi Nov 8 '12 at 2:39
@Teifi One possibility if axel multi-thread perform better than wget when using the same remote server, latency between your box and the remote server is very high. Check your ping to remote server. –  John Siu Jan 8 '13 at 4:20
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Why not try axel ? It is a fully fledged Command line based Downloader.
install axel and spawn download by axel -a -n [Num_of_Thread] link1 link2 link3 ... where '[Num_of_Thread]' is the number of parallel connections to create for each link you want to download.

-a just show an improved progress bar.

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Thank you @Gufran, it's unnecessary to make wget multi-threading, if there is a multi-threading download tool exists already. –  Teifi Nov 8 '12 at 2:18
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