If a download manager seems like overkill to schedule downloads in the Firefox web browser, you may want to check out the simple Download Scheduler extension instead for it. The add-on for Firefox comes in handy in a number of scenarios. Maybe it is your Internet connection that is limited by your Internet Service Provider in peak hours and unlimited at others, or you may want to use the bandwidth for other activities while you are using the browser and for downloads only when the computer is idle.
Download Scheduler adds a new option to Firefox's right-click context menu when the mouse cursor is hovering over links on websites. The "Schedule Link As" option opens a save as window like usual, but you will notice that the file is not downloaded right away.
In fact, nothing happens at all which may be puzzling at first for obvious reasons as you do not get any feedback from the browser or the extension whatsoever. If you open the downloads screen, you will notice that it does not list the download either.
To be totally honest, I cannot really say how the extension saves the download information once you click on the link and pick a save folder, only that it remembers them to start downloads when you want downloads to be started.
You do need to configure this in the preferences of the extension. Here you can configure the start time when you want scheduled downloads to be downloaded to your computer system, and an optional pause time when you want downloads that have not been completed yet to be paused.
It should be clear from the description that this is a very basic download manager that lacks many features of regular download managers. That does not necessarily have to be a bad thing though, depending on your needs. If you just want to collect downloads to start them all at a specific point every day, for instance at night, then Download Scheduler may be all that you ever need.
If you want resuming, different start and stop times, bandwidth limits and all the other great things that download managers support, then you may want to take a look at Free Download Manager instead.
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