So this is what I'm facing. I have the basic AT&T DSL service which claims speeds of 768k bps. In the few years I have had this service, I max out at 160k bps tops. I live in a small town about 20 minutes outside of Little Rock in Arkansas so I wasn't expecting to be blown away with the speeds here but this is pretty bad.
I ran 3 speed tests (flash) and all of them came back with results of 700+ kbps which blew my mind since I've never seen a download even touch 165. I ran the tweak test and it had some suggested tweaks but I'm on Windows 8 and there's not an option for that OS so those suggestions are probably off. After seeing the speed tests come back with speeds like that, I loaded up Steam and started to download a game. 140-150 max. Loaded up my World of Warcraft downloader, 165 max.
I don't really know what the issue is. Obviously my connection is capable of producing the advertised speeds if the speed test can reliably hit 700+ but the second I try and download something from another source, I'm right back to the slow speeds I've been getting.
Links to my recent speedtest and tweak test. Any help or input would be great.