I'm not too familiar with how internet speed works, but I have a few questions and maybe some of you tech savvy people can give me some idea of what's going on. First of all, I have Bellsouth/ATT DSL. I don't know how fast it's SUPPOSED to clock at but I can give you my speed test results from speedtest.net: Download- 3005kbps Upload- 307kbps That speed is while the internet just sits idle with no pages or downloads going. Now, the weird thing is when I start downloading a torrent file. The torrent downloads at about 30kbps and uploads at about 15kbps (and yes, I've had far faster ones). Now, the funny thing about this is when I clock using speedtest WHILE I download that torrent. Here's my results on speedtest while downloading at 30kbps: Download- 197kbps Upload- 38kbps What a huge decrease in speed considering I'm downloading at just a few less kilobytes! Why does the internet go at such a dramatically slower rate considering I'm just downloading at a slow speed? I do notice it a lot while searching too. The speed decrease is very noticeable. I'm using a firewall called Comodo BTW if that makes any difference.