StrongDC++ is a Direct Client-to-Client alternative to the standard DC++ application, promising to offer much more than the basic features we've seen in this otherwise popular tool.
The upper side of portability
This utility is portable, yet not in the strict sense of the word. You are not required to go through an installation process, yet it leaves all sort of traces on your system, especially in the registry. Nevertheless, you can easily take it anywhere with you and run it on any PC you have been granted access to, by simply unpacking the archive and clicking the executable.
Segment downloading for an increase in speed
The settings menu can be a nightmare for the uninitiated users, but to begin with, it should be enough if you configure just the name and the files you want to share over the Internet. Later, you can jump to the next steps and enable functions like segment downloading, which is great and can increase speed dramatically.
This special feature works by splitting every file you're downloading into several segments, so each of them can be downloaded from another user, at the same time with the others.
Adjust speed limits and look for fake shares
Furthermore, StrongDC++ allows you to set up download and upload speed limits to save bandwidth and hardware resources. It comes by default with a rich list of public hubs that can be organized by country, number of users and minimum required share.
The application provides an impressive level of customization, allowing users to change sounds, colors, emoticons, icons and even balloon tray notifications. The rich lineup of features includes file previewing capabilities, a fake share detector and automatic disconnection for slow downloads to keep slots available.
Performance and conclusion
Older computers might experience some slowdowns in performance, as StrongDC++ seems to eat up CPU and RAM when downloading large files at high speeds. Nevertheless jobs are completed in due time without popping up errors, hanging or freezing. Overall, it remains a great alternative to the classic DC++ utility, bundled with a large number of options which will suite both novice and power users.
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