I highly recommend getting a download manager that can pause and resume downloads. I spent years on dial-up, and would use a download manager, where you can drop in all the things you want to download, then I would start it downloading when I went to bed. Next orning you get up and, BAM! your stuff is downloaded. And if the connection died halfway through the download, then you still have that half, and can resume the download from there next chance you get.
Are you on Mac or PC? If you are on Mac, check out iGetter.
Its shareware, but is fully functional so you can try it out for free, and is very easy to use. If you are on PC, someone else can offer a recommendation, I am sure.
Maybe they will decide to release a patch update, but in the meantime, this can make your life a whole lot easier.