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Adobe Reader installer download speed differences: FTP much slower than HTTP

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/08/17

The FTP download is much much slower than the http one:

4.2 MB/s – 73.4 MB of 73.4 MB:

119 KB/s – 24.6 MB of 73.4 MB:

This over the same 50 megabit fiber connection.

So basically you have to:

  1. Browse the  for a version in your language (en-US for intance has the youngest full install at as younger versions only contain update MSP files, for instance in
  2. Copy the download URL
  3. Replace the with (you cannot browse the latter as it genrates “Not Found; The requested URL /pub/adobe/reader/win/ was not found on this server.”)
  4. Download the URL that you just assembled


2 Responses to “Adobe Reader installer download speed differences: FTP much slower than HTTP”

  1. IL said

    Is FTP dying? :) I’ve noticed Adobe FTP is slow while downloading reader’s security patches too.

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