hello, i did too have slow downlaods with the torrent netowrk, but i solved them by:
1) for you client use, azerus.
2) your upload rate is prortional to your downalod rate.
3) make sure that ports 6881-6889 are open(especailly if you have a router or firewall.
4) i especailly love azerus, where you can check the health of your network connection and the torrents health.
5) goto help, about health...and compare the circles(smiles) by the torrent detials, in my torrents, and make sure everythig going fine..
6) for more information, do a google search for "slow bittorrent downlaod speeds" or visit: