Since I changed from dial-up to 512 broadband in August (AOL UK) my download speed was maxing out at 30k/s, although AOL assured me I should be able to get about 50k/s downloading speed.
A download accelerator has improved the rate to about 50k/s, but only when I download multiple files at the same time (ie, two downloads run at 25k/s each, 3 at 17k/s each etc). However, my maximum download speed for one file, with no other programs running is always about 30k/s, and this also seems to be the maximum speed I can reach with torrents, however many files I download at once. Frustrating!
The rate is the same whether I am downloading from a server, torrenting, P2P etc. (My upload speed is fine for my connection, usually about 30k/s, capped at 24k/s in bittorrent.)
Does anyone know of any tweaks, or anything that can improve my single file download speed to the rate that my connection is capable of?