Transfer Speeds

I’m averaging 10-11Mb/s when downloading or transferring files either from the Internet or my local network. Is that normal? I also noticed that while transferring across my internal network at home the speeds dropped to 200Kb/s when I opened up Vision IRC and didn’t go back up when I closed the app.

I’ve got an Intel Pro Gigabit adapter in my system if that helps.

10-11Mb/s sounds like 100 Megabit speed.
Are you sure your local network really runs at Gigabit speed ?