OK, I have tested using both web-sites and they confirm that I have 2MB pings.
However, I think I have a problem. It isn't so much the speed, it's more of stutter. For instance, when I first go onto a page (say the avforums), it might take up to a minute - it would say loading items 1 of 56, 2 of 56 etc at the bottom of Safari quit quickly, it would then get up to 55 of 56 and then just pause, for like a few minutes, If I refresh the page, then it would load instantly.
Quite often, I also get page unreachable, but then I do a refresh and it would load.
I initially thought that maybe I was just getting a slow connection problems, but this seems a bit more eratic than that. I must admit I haven't removed the routher from the equation, I will have to sort this out at the weekend now.
Thanks for any help
Its the traffic shaping. VM are a complete waste of time now they throttle back your speed if you exceed fairly low d/l limits in a 24hr period. I'm on a 4Mb connection and I've occasionally taken a couple of minutes to d/l a 20Kb file. That's the price of torrenting now.I have thanked everyone and will pursue this further when I get home.
I should have added I am using a cable modem and wireless router.
I will remove the router from the equation and try dslreports.net and speedtests.net
It took 10 minutes to load a google map last night - reminds me of the good old days of dial up.