I believe that we are in day four after the Open Beta was introduced and I still haven't been able to play the thing. I have had the same problems most people had to deal with (obtaining getting a key, installer version check etc) but finally, since september the 2nd, I have made it to a fenomenal 52% (!!) of the version update files download, and God only knows how long it will take to download the other 48%.
I didn't use the Torrent solution because of mixed advice and I decided not to juggle with router ports. My PC and internet connection are more than fine, I can download any file I want - including FFXI updates of course - very quick without having to resort to any kind of special adjustments or alternative software. Downloading FFXIV Open Beta, however, must be the hardest quest the game has to offer cause it costs a lot of electricity and an enormous amount of patience.
Any ideas on this? Thanks :)