What i have - Windows Xp Pro SP2, 98SE, USB port 2.0, Hathway Broadband Internet connection 256 kbps. Problem - i get a download speed of 31 kbps while using a download manager( DAP 8.0.7 premium), i get a uploading speed of 6.50-6.70 kbps (on websites like SendSpace/Megaupload/rapidshare/FileFront/ and even on torrents). i don't have an Ethernet, Lan card installed. they have installed a device (modem - ARRIS TOUCHSTONE - this is the device where the Cable goes in and out to USB port). The Hathway guys told me that i should install LAN card in order to get max. speed of the net, they saud it'll cost somewhere around Rs.400-450. Will installing a LAN card affect any of those rates(download/upload), and if yes then please suggest a good LAN card. Also is the Window's Firewall creating the problem, like is it blocking the net speed? What i think is that i should get more download/upload speed considering a Bradband 256kbps connection. Please Help me ASAP.