Ok guys, here's the issue.
I have a new router I just purchased (Linksys WRT54g2). I brought it home, plugged in the router to the modem, and just my computer into the router. All cool, all good, 5 bars wireless signal, speed fine, etc.
However, as soon as other people plug in it seems to go to shit, especially when they use torrent programs. At first I discounted the torrent issue because they never get an aggregate of more than 40 or 50 kbps... definitely not enough to impact overall web browsing speeds... right?
However, after hours and hours spent configuring the router for Verizon, getting Verizon to set up a 'bridged' mode for my modem. They told me this was a 'better configuration for a router'. I spent hours on the phone configuring my router for that... and Linksys telling me it wasn't bridged properly, and reconfiguring it AGAIN... I got a connection. I was super fast! Then I plugged in the other computers and was slow... hm!
Then I decide, what the heck, and ask my uncle to turn off his Azureus (with his paltry 20-30 total kbps download). Suddenly I'm lightning fast again browsing!
How does this make sense?
When I used to connect directly to my modem, even downloading torrents WAY faster than he is (like, Open Office at 700 kbps), my browsing speed was hardly bothered.
So I guess this all leads back to my round about question:
Why is it that when connected directly to my modem, my computer's basic internet speed (for connecting to IM programs, for browsing the internet, for downloading files from webpages, etc.) is hardly affected by my torrent downloads... but when connected through a router- in several different configurations- a far smaller torrent downloading strain will so severely stunt my browsing speed?