guess JuRo's idea works if you have access to your router but it wont solve everyone's problems. I'm directly connected to the modem, no router ^^; and its not me blocking those ports its Virgin Media
Well, in this case, what you could do is download with two separate programs at the same time. Depending on how your regular torrent downloading is, it could speed stuff up greatly. Basically what you do is:
1) Start the download as you normally would, with the XIV updater. Leave this on until all steps are completed.
2) Go to My documents -> My Games -> Final Fantasy 14 beta -> downloads -> ffxiv-beta -> d96437e6 -> metainfo
3) In this folder, open up the torrent named D2010.08.30.2000 using whatever torrent software you use (uTorrent for me). This is the bigger of the four files, and is what takes everyone so long to download.
4) After this is opened, set the download path to My computer-> C: -> Users -> David (or whatever your name/folder is) -> My documents -> My Games -> Final Fantasy 14 beta -> downloads -> ffxiv-beta
NOTE: DO NOT select folder d96437e6, but the ffxiv-beta folder only. This will ensure both clients download to the same location.
5) Repeat steps 2-4 for the torrent file H2010.08.10.2000 if this is your first time in beta (Anyone in phase 3 will have had this downloaded already)
NOTE: You can do this for the other 3 files aswell, but they are a grand total of 10-20mb and are very small in comparison to the above mentioned 1.23gb and 3.55gb files.
5) Sit back and enjoy greater speeds. You can now close the installer if its hogging your CPU resources and simply allow your torrent software to do its business, or keep them both on to download.
Assuming your torrent software is more efficient, this may increase speeds greatly. When the file is finished downloading, simply turn on the FFXIV updater again, and when it checks the data, it will see that the file has already downloaded and skip to the smaller files.
Happy downloading, and see you in beta! Edited, Sep 1st 2010 1:16pm by JuRo7