The last few months, I've had pretty good speeds downloading from Kazaa and Usenet. With a claimed 1mbit connection I should hope so too! Speeds never seemed to reach the claimed maximum, but I put that down to the usual traffic etc etc so I was happy.
I've just rearranged everything, and my PC is now too far away from my cable modem for the USB lead to reach. Seeing as I recently put a NIC into my PC, I figured it was about time to knock up a crossover cable, ring the ISP, register the mac address with them and connect that way instead. What a difference it makes!
OK, kazaa speeds are still about the same, that's to be expected. But I noticed a vast increase in surfing speed whilst using kazaa (heavily).
Running a speed test from a server located in Texas (i'm in the UK so it's a good few miles away) I am finally returning a connection speed of just over 1mbit/s. Not bad considering the distance to the server, and that it's a sunday afternoon here when internet traffic is usually quite high!
The ISP is Blueyonder by the way.
If any of you are still connected via USB, go out, get a network card (they're only a few quid) and bung it into your machine. The improvement is well worth the 15 minutes it takes to install one!