I have a cable modem connection with guaranteed speed of 300Kbps each way. Well, when I run various bandwidth tests, I see the timed test shows speedy performance (> 300Kbps). However, the download tests (the ones that download a file and see how long it took) show a 60Kbps speed.

Since this happens on two completely different computers running different OSs (WinXP and Win2000), I guess I'm wondering if this is normal. In other words, file downloads will always be slower when compared to HTTP/UDP type traffic.

I've tried the standard tweaks and it hasn't changed the download results. And TCP/IP analyzer didn't show that much was wrong, anyway.

So, before I get all crazy and try tweaking every little thing, I want to know if it's worth it.