Thanks for the feedback BuckleZ,
Since this fault occurred last September / October, all my downloads from ANY sites are around 300 to 500kB/sec or less (with around 20% halting & failing).
However, I've just discovered that if I download something via
where the actual download links to files in a sub directory of http://software-files-a.cnet.com/
They all seem to download at around or in excess of 4MB/sec and so far have always finish without failing.
I don't normally use download.cnet.com because I use linux 99% of the time. But it was interesting that that is the only place I can get fast reliable downloads (which are of no use to me & just used as a random download test hehehe )
Traceroute may hold the key to this, I guess, in the respect that http://software-files-a.cnet.com/
doesn't seem to go outside of the virgin / ntl network (someone correct me if i'm wrong):-
traceroute to software-files-a.cnet.com (188.8.131.52), 30 hops max, 60 byte packets
1 routerlogin.net (192.168.0.1) 0.635 ms 1.499 ms 1.903 ms
2 cpc14-fare6-2-0-gw.6-1.cable.virginm.net (184.108.40.206) 12.270 ms 13.375 ms 14.262 ms
3 cosh-core-2a-ae8-1853.network.virginmedia.net (220.127.116.11) 19.343 ms 20.075 ms 20.216 ms
4 brhm-bb-1b-ae15-0.network.virginmedia.net (18.104.22.168) 29.419 ms 29.577 ms 26.214 ms
5 wolv-icdn-1-ae0-0.network.virginmedia.net (22.214.171.124) 27.970 ms 28.260 ms 28.107 ms
6 m305-mp1-cvx1c.lan.ntl.com (126.96.36.199) 27.623 ms 21.710 ms 22.663 ms