umbrau44, it could depend on your source. If you're talking about torrents that may be the case. I routinely see 500 megabytes/sec on Lightning downloading commercial software updates or video podcasts. The best I've seen is around 625-650 downloading Win7 with their download manager which uses multiple streams.
This is quite far off topic so we should continue it in the Internet forum if you wish.
Daemos, MTS TV customers in Winnipeg can get Lightning Internet at 5 Mbps and Lightning Plus at 9 Mbps download. Both are 2 Mbps upload.
That's news to me! My upload is roughly 0.8 megabits and download is 2 to 2.2 megabits on the Lightning Plan with MTS TV.
My internet speed has stayed constant over the past 3 1/2 years, even through a move.
This came out of a thread in the IPTV area. According to Dr.Dave, I should be getting higher upload and download speeds than I am.
My home network setup includes the Motorala RG2400 from MTS, a DLink DGL-4300, a desktop and a laptop, both using Windows XP Pro SP3 for now.
I'm not referring to torrent speeds, as that is always an unreliable test these days. Downloading the windows 7 beta was going at about 270 to 280 kilobytes/second, and that is the fastest that I have seen.
For uploading speeds, I upload pictures to Flickr on a semi-regular basis. That usually tops out around 90 kilobytes/second.
What should I be checking to improve my upload/download speeds?
Here is a typical result, although the ping time is usually less.