I'm trying to fix my friends system.
They have a fresh install of Windows 7, Grabit (usenet reader/download) and a subscription to astraweb and a newly updated router frimware. They are connected to the router via wireless, although it has been tested with an ethernet cable as well.
While downloading via Grabit, the speed maxes out between 10 - 20kbs or 90-100kbs and often starts and stops. Speeds should be in the 3200kbs area.
My setup connects and downloads at full speed despite using the same connection, same OS, same subscription and same version of Grabit.
A speed test reports expected results and a HTTP download of a large file such as a linux distro quickly maxes the connection speed. I think uTorrent might be suffering from the same problem although I've not tested it properly yet.
I'm convinced it must be something else on the system, but I cannot work out what.
I know it isn't these:
router, internet connection, usenet, subscription, firewall, downloading software, ssl issue, incompatible OS
I'm spent, any ideas?
it turns out that the problem was uTorrent. I had tested without it running and nothing changed. Upon removal, everything seemed to work fine. weird.