Can anyone with tech knowledge please give me some guidance on a perceived problem I am encountering? I posted the below onto the Whirlpool forum but thought some people here might also be able to help. I have BP ADSL which has been connected for over 2 years via a Netgear RT314 router. 2 other computers are also connect to the one internet connection. Normally we have no problems with the connection apart from the odd disruption and frequently have 2 computers browsing at the same time. We are not big on downloads and never go near the 3Gb limit. About 1~2 week ago (when the Blaster worm became a problem) I started having intermitent speed problems, especially in the mornings. I could usually connect ok, but browsing speed was very slow. This would go on for several hours. By the afternoon and evening the connection was back to normal. It would occasionally slow down but was generally normal. (as I said not big on dowloads so not sure of the speed) During this time I could play games and run Team Speak normally, including the times browsing was slow. After a week of poor connection in the morning I rang tech support. They couldn't help with the router (knew that) so I connected direct to the modem as a single computer. The tech guy got me to do a download which ran at 50kb/sec and said this was in the acceptable range. I re connected my router and tried the same download. However the download was very slow (0.5kb/s) Re tried the direct connection and download was back to normal. This made me think the router was faulty. I reset it to default setting and re configured. Again, when connected through the router downloads and browsing were very slow. That was this morning, this afternoon I tried the same thing again. I am now connected through the router and the connection appears to be operating normally. I tried the same download the tech guy gave me and through the router it was downloading at 48kb/s (within the acceptable range given by the Telstra tech) So it appears I frequently (usually in the morning) have a poor connection through my router, but at all times have a good connection when connected direct to the modem. Is there any reason my router would prevent a fast connection at different times of the day? Can Telstra block or slow a connection through a router? -The tech implied this was the case and even suggested the test download site was blocked unless you connected directly. Playing games and using Team Speak has never been a problem. It seems like the ports for browsing are being affected somewhere. The router blocks all incoming ftp and http requests but should allow normal browsing. I can't find a fault in the router setting. If the router is faulty why does it operate normally sometimes? I have read the post on changing ISP and was thinking that might be the answer, but want to be sure it is not my router before blaming Telstra.