Well, I started DLing the client back in Beta 3 and I had it up about 10 hours a day or so for several days and it only got to 50%. I don't have any kind of firewall or router firewall or anything at all slowing down my downloading, I can download other P2P stuff just fine, but this patch was insane. My friend, who was in Beta from an earlier date at which point the patch was even smaller, said it took him four days straight of keeping his PC on for it to finish.
Now, in Open Beta, I started the same patcher since it said it'd be using the same stuff after all (and I haven't touched any of it since a couple weeks ago) and it went from 50+% back to 0% again. Now, hours later, it's a whopping 0.2% finished. I see it going at 100+kb/s very rarely, but it's usually between 0kb/s and 2kb/s. And it SHOULD be 600kb/s-1mb/s considering what other stuff downloads at.
I also keep hearing people talk about downloading the client "overnight via FilePlanet" but there's absolutely no FFXIV stuff on FilePlanet that I'm seeing. So yeah... what should I do if I wanna be able to play the OBT before I go ahead and get the DVDs a few weeks from now? :(